I am looking for a 35mm camera that I could take with me every day wherever my daily business takes me. I should be able to quickly pull it out whenever needed. It should be robust and small. Here are my requirements ordered by priority:
1. good image quality, no compromise here
2. manual and autoexposure mode
3. manual focus
5. robust (rugged body)
6. not too expensive so I don't need to be too afraid to break it when I throw it in my backpack every morning, maybe around 500$?
8. small zoom range would be nice, (like 35mm-70mm or something) if that doesn't mean a compromise in image quality
Could you suggest a camera that fulfills most, ideally all of the above requirements?