After about seven years on a buying/trying frenzy, and some 25 slr/rangefinder cameras later, I settled on the Canon 7E with the BP-300 battery pack. Everything I need for 35mm.

http://emedia.leeward.hawaii.edu/frary/elan7e.htm

My likes . . .

Inexpensive, making it water and cliff friendly.
Lightweight
Knobs easy to read.
All the functions one could possibly need.
And it's a nice color.