[QUOTE=Susie Frith;suggest you go to a camera shop and just try one out. The only problem with that course though is that as soon as you hold it, you'll have to have it!
That's what scares me Susie!..As has been stated, the MP doesn't suffer the flare problem, but UK s/h prices for this model are prohibitive, possibly because they don't crop up that often compared to previous models. I'd thought about an M2 or M4 chrome, since I'd heard the flare problem started later after production shifted to Canada. (Although I may be wrong here).
Not having sampled Leicas or Bessas, I was very much looking to lighten my load, after hunking around mainly Nikon gear during a professional career.