For what it is worth I swear by my Mat (the very first camera I ever owned) and a recently acquired mint 124G. My father used to work for Yashica (NYC) and he sold one of his friends a 124G who used it once or twice and packed it back up to put in storage. After my father's death the friend gave it to me earlier this year as a memento. I used this link to find an alternative to the battery problem and it seems to work really well: http://www.criscam.com/mercury_batte...s.php#gotohere. To say that I love the camera would be an understatement!! Hope you like yours! cheers, Sam