Since you are already beyond hope - get a Bell & Howell Canonet 19. It is not as good a camera, optically as the QL17, but you just have to have one, if for no other reason than for its endearing "backwardsness" (backwardsaussity?) - everything is backwards - the film lever is on the bottome, the roll of film is at your right hand... and it can be used as a blunt weapon! Besides, then there is the light meter - a round cell surrounding the lens (like some of the russian RF's). Gotta have it!