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    For auto focus to work well, it needs to be operated with a manual mindset anyhow, so this is not necessarily a fix-all solution unless she also learns to take manual control of her automatic focusing. When used for best results, it is not really auto focus. It is just motorized focus. If you don't manually tell it exactly what part of the composition to focus on, you get mixed results. If she can deal with single point AF and pull the AF command off of the shutter, then she will have perfect results every time. I would suggest one of the low end SLRs from whichever company you have a nice selection of compatible lenses. They are generally very light. Some won't allow you to remove the AF command from the shutter to a different button, however.
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    Your wife would love the Pentax ME Super (No AF). OTOH; Olympus Stylus Epic fits the bill. I have one; small, compact, sharp. It travels in my shirt pocket all the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BetterSense View Post
    I need:
    1. Autofocus
    2. Program autoexposure preferably with Matrix or other idiot-proof metering
    3. As small and light as possible.

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    What she really needs is a camera about the size of my ME Super or OM2, only AF with a program mode and matrix metering, but I don't there such a thing exists.
    What about a Pentax ZX-30/50/60? Should be about the same size as the ME (but has a built-in grip) and would be about 3 or 4 oz lighter. Another option would be the Pentax *ist (film) but they tend to command much higher prices than the ZX bodies and are harder to find.
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    Another consideration is that the camera for your wife should use the same lenses that you have. Nikon-Nikon or Canon-Canon.

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    If she can deal with single point AF and pull the AF command off of the shutter, then she will have perfect results every time. I would suggest one of the low end SLRs from whichever company you have a nice selection of compatible lenses. They are generally very light. Some won't allow you to remove the AF command from the shutter to a different button, however.
    I've never known of a camera that lets you remove the AF function from the shutter button; all the AF cameras I've ever used you had to press the shutter release down halfway to auto-focus.
    Your wife would love the Pentax ME Super
    I have several of those. I like them a alot, but she has a hard time focusing them at larger apertures.
    What about a Pentax ZX-30/50/60? Should be about the same size as the ME (but has a built-in grip) and would be about 3 or 4 oz lighter. Another option would be the Pentax *ist (film) but they tend to command much higher prices than the ZX bodies and are harder to find.
    I'm really leaning toward a MZ/ZX-5n or MZ-3. It seems to be very full- featured yet small. A N75 would be the cheapest thing because I already have AF nikon lenses, but at least I have manual-focus Pentax lenses. I can't find a *ist anywhere. What about those ZX-30/50/60 bodies? Are they the cheaper models, kind of how the OM10 is the cheaper model compared to the OM1?
    f/22 and be there.

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    Might I inquire what do you feel is wrong/what your wife feels is lacking with the Samsung P&S she is currently using?

    It might not be high end, but if it works for her, that's what's important, right?

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    There's always that, of course. But I see her trying to use my cameras, it's just that they are too hard for her to focus. I just think that she would be even happier with a camera that was easy to use like the Samsung yet gave her better results like my cameras.
    f/22 and be there.

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    35mm Holga?

    It fits all your requirements!

    Auto exposure... Yeah don't worry about it.

    Auto focus... You don't have to worry about it! It does everything for you...
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