What a story, Ron. I am a native New Yorker (now exiled), and I know exactly what you mean. I have been to Manahattan numerous times, and was always amazed by the camera shops, especially the smaller ones. Back in 1977, I was a little boy. In the late 70s, I would read the large print ads in the Post and Daily News. I would be blown away by the full page ads with all of the best in 35mm gear...never got one then, but I have five nice 35mm cameras today. Indeed, the XE-7 is one of the greats. Too bad it does not take a winder. Enjoy the City...