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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Moxom View Post
    Yashica T4 would be fairly reliable as a P&S
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    exposes slide film perfectly,
    can focus close up as well as far away ...

    the only problem we had with ours is that
    after a few hundred rolls of film, the metering system fails
    and stops focusing on anything but things close up ..

    the other problem is they are out of production

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    If you can find a Contax TVS check it out. It can be manually focused to 0.5m or used in an autofocus mode, the apertures can be set or used in program, there is a self timer, a panoramic mode, +/- exposure compensation, several flash modes or flash off. takes screw-in filters (probably accepts + diopters for closer focus and reads the and sets the film ISO. Dimensions: 4 3/4in L x 2 1/2in H x 1 3/4in D with the lens retracted. Has a Carl Zeiss lens 28mm-56mm and a metal body with a tripod socket. I haven't used mine for a while but it always performed very well.

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    I'm assuming you want a P&S for pocketability.

    Another vote for the Yashica T4 - very accurate exposure meter, excellent lens Zeiss lens, accurate autofocus.

    Portraits with shallow DOF are another matter. If you avoid 'nose-on' poses, or stay back 3-4 feet, a 35mm focal length can work although 80mm does a much better job. But P&S with 80mm zoom lenses are very small aperture and DOF is much to large, IMO. And I have never been impressed with the optical performance of P&S zooms.

    You are never sure just what you are focusing on with autofocus P&S's. You want to focus on the nearest eye - a shallow DOF shot that focuses on the far ear isn't going to win prizes. The uncertainty of short baseline AF sensors is one reason only large DOF lenses - short FL and/or small aperture - are found on these cameras.

    A good compromise may be a Canon QL17/GIII with a 45mm f1.7 lens. Be sure to get return privileges - they are getting long in the tooth and many have long since dried-up and jammed-up.

    Other choices are Olympus 35SP [not the most reliable camera], Leica thread-mount with a collapsible lens, or one of the larger '60-70's era Minolta Hi-Matics, Yashica Electros or Konicas.

    However, none of these older brass&glass cameras are 'pocketable'.

    For a bit more $$ you might look at the Voigtlander Leica-mount cameras or the Contax G series.
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    Konica hexar AF. Contax g2. Many choices....
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    Another +1 for the Yashica T4 and/or T5 aka T4 Super. Good for close-ups of all sorts. Not many small cameras with good lenses focus as close.

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    I'm looking for something that is fast to use, accurate metering, lightweight and cheap, and doesn't tempt me to lug around another 30 pounds of camera gear. If it has aperture priority, that'd be great also. Some degree of manual control would be nice, but not necessary. Is there such thing as a "professional" Point and shoot?

    Something I can just throw in the back seat, for when my Girlfriend really dosen't want me bring camera gear in the first place.

    My Rollei 35 would be perfect for this, if it was able to accurately focus close wide open
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    Konica hexar AF. Contax g2. Used by many professionals.
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    Ricoh gr1/gr1v ..nice little beast
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