I went through the same thing. My best advice is for you to order both from keh.com and return the one that you don't like.
From my experience:
Canon P: Great viewfinder; decent framelines; poor rangefinder patch; great build; good ergonomics.
Canon 7: Great viewfinder; great framelines; decent rangefinder patch; decent build; good ergonomics.
Canon L3: Good viewfinder; no framelines; great rangefinder patch; great build; decent ergonomics.
Canon IVSB: Poor viewfinder; no framelines; great rangefinder patch; great build; decent ergonomics.
I sold the P because the patch was unuseable.
I returned the 7 because the camera looked ugly and felt unrefined.
I returned the L3 because there was a shutter problem but otherwise I would have kept it. This series is my favorite
I kept the IVSB because it was inexpensive and easy to focus.
The older Canon's have warm-toned patches so they have aged better. I'd personally go for one of the older ones but to every man his own. I'd go for a VI L1/L2/L3 for sure. I find the IVSB OK but I feel that I should have gotten a Leica IIIc/f if I wanted a Barnack style because I tend to focus with the viewfinder at the highest magnification.
My debate is whether I should stay with Canon or go Leica M3. It seems that many roads end in Leica.
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