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Most important requirements:
* Small for ladies
I use Canon EOS Elan 7E. Not especially small, but the newer Canons are smaller (e.g. the thinner handgrip etc.).
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* Quiet shutter that doesn't 'CLANK' everytime you trip the shutter
My Elan 7E is one of the quietest in the world!
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* Very small and very sharp spotmeter in the viewfinder - as it's usually the only type of metering system I use. I do have a good hand-held meter as well if necessary.
Great metering on the Canons. Spot, Centre-weighted and multi-pattern metering (35 zones).

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I would love to know which cameras are your favourites and why?
Canon EOS Elan 7E and Canon EOS 3 (a beast) and Canon EOS 1 VHS.