Thank you all very much; I'm grateful for your thoughts. I've never handled one, so didn't know there was a perceptible difference in feel. The SP certainly is a nice, simple nuts/bolts camera. Ian, yup, I've seen them on the boards only a few times...at a price; and on ebay up close to $200USD. Quite a bit to pay when you can get an F100 for that these days (one of my favorite SLRs). Werra - thanks for the advice; I'll keep trying local as well. Dave - so, you have three of these, eh?....