I currently have a IIIf with a 50mm Elmar, which I bought mainly because I wanted a 100% mechanical film camera, and because I was curious about Leica. Overall, I like the IIIf - it has a vintage charm, and feels very solid in the hand. What I'm less keen on is the squinty finder and the knob film advance. The IIIf is away for a CLA, and I got a rather used Olympus 35RC to use in the meantime - and started trying out street photography. This has been good fun, and I feel that the better finder, lever wind, and slightly wider lens (42mm) have been an advantage for this. It feels faster to use than the IIIf, and perhaps a bit more discreet (the rangefinder was faulty when I got it, and the bright lines were very dull - I fixed both of these and painted the top and bottom plates black while I was at it). While the IIIf was away for its CLA, I picked up one of those Jupiter-12 35mm f2.8 Biogon copies, and the Russian turret finder. When the Leica comes back, I plan to try some street stuff with these, and will see how I get on. However, I suspct a better finder with integrated focus patch, and a lever wind, is the way I'll want to go. So, there's a possibility that I'd like to get an M body some time in the future. If I had the cash, I'd probably rush out and buy a nice black paint MP and a fairly fast 35mm lens. I don't have the cash for that, however, so I've been looking at cheaper options, like a used M2, M4, or M6. These are still quite pricey, especially if a CLA is factored in, so I find myself wondering if a manual Bessa is a viable alternative (not interested in auto exposure or battery dependency for camera basic functions - built in meter is nice). Not sure yet about which particular one, but I understand it's a case of choosing the viewfinder magnification and frameline options. The R3M with the 1:1 finder interests me - curious about shooting with both eyes open, and although its widest frame line is 40mm, I gather the finder itself just about stretches to 35mm. At the moment, I don't especially feel that I want anything wider than 35mm, but that could change when I think of other subjects that I might want to shoot (landscapes, for example). Viewfinder to be determined at a later date. From my reading so far, I gather the earlier Bessas had some reliability issues. Are the current ones better in this regard? How much of the camera body is metal? Cosina changed from the plastic R to metal for the R2/3/4 - does that include the top and bottom plates? What's the shutter noise like compared to a Leica? Can the film advance lever be stroked in several short movements, or does it need to travel the full way to advance to the next frame? What else might I want to consider?