Quote Originally Posted by Trask View Post
Err -- how about a Minolta CLE? Aperture priority autoexposure, and full manual control. It has the 40mm lines for your 40mm lens. Nice viewfinder, very clear RF patch. I have a CLE, M2 and M3 -- OK, the Minolta isn't a Leica per se, but it is smaller, easier to carry, has the framelines you want, and fits your budget.
Very enticing. I don't know why I hadn't considered it - maybe the battery dependency. A CL on the other hand needs a battery for the meter only (as far as I can tell).

I would prefer using the 40mm lens above all others. I have a Voigtlander-M 40mm - I think it fits/works on either the CL or CLE - I need to research it a little more attentively.

Thanks to all those who have replied so far with advice - I have a few more months to mull things over.