I've also got a Bessaflex - I quite like it - sturdy, fits well in my hands. I use primarily Russian/Soviet M42 lenses, most (all?) of which are manual, so I use stop-down anyway
The only thing I'm not crazy about on it is the LED metering - easier to see in lower-light than a needle, but harder to tell exactly how far + or - you actually are.
In fact, although I'm keeping the Bessaflex for now, I've just bought a couple of Pentax ME Supers from KEH (cheap in "bgn" condition, which should be just fine), and a couple of m42-k-mount adapters from B&H (I wanted genuine Pentax adapters, but was told there was a 1-2 month waiting list), so that I can take advantage of the ME Super's aperture priority (or at least this is supposed to work with stop-down metering from what I've read) and yet still have a manual mode if I want.
Also, I just bought an early 90's vintage (Belo-)Russian "Zenit-ET", which is M42 mount and has an uncoupled selenium meter. I really only bought it because it was a cheap way to get the lens I wanted on it (Helios 44M-6) - but in my experience finding working selenium meters in even relatively recent FSU cameras to be fairly random. But, having another M42 body can't be bad
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