I would like to dispel some statements suggesting that the FM3a has a dark viewfinder. This couldn't be further from the truth. It actually has a wonderful viewfinder. As with any SLR, its brightness depends on how fast the lens is that you put on it. But it's very bright, and very focussable - totally unlike the sad excuses for ground glass that's found in autofocus SLRs. It's not a high eye-point viewfinder, but on the other hand, unlike those, it has a very high magnification factor. Some might say that's better - I would. It's a direct descendant of the legendary F, and it even looks like it - except that it doesn't have interchangeable prisms (interchangeable focus screens though). It's the only classic 35mm SLR you can buy new off the shelf today, and it's wonderfully metal, mechanical and manual (with added aperture priority for when you need it). It's hard not to fall in love with it.