Quote Originally Posted by Colin Corneau View Post
Correct me if I'm wrong but Bessa's require batteries, no? That alone would rule out a body for me.
Depends upon the camera. I have a Bessa R3M, with a 35mm f1.4 lens on it. I travel a lot on business, and this camera can drop into my briefcase or coat pocket and give me something to shoot with when I am away from home (I usually shoot 4x5 which doesn't fit in a pocket). The R3M has a battery to power a meter, but operates just fine (albeit without the meter) without the battery.

The 'A' cameras need the battery for the shutter, and are therefore more dependent upon the battery - but the batteries that they use are small, and it's easy to carry a spare.