Well, what can I say? That was a turn up for the books! Indebted to Greg for that, with many thanks sent via PM.

I mentioned in a previous post that I was going to visit a camera collector. Well, on my wife's birthday, without her , I drove 4 hours to get to Pala, which is not that far away (70km from Cochin), but a long way when contending with Indian driving and Friday traffic. It was a great journey, but because I was taking my wife out to lunch I could only spend 20 minutes with this guy. An impressive collection, though some cameras have suffered due to the tropical heat. All the cameras on the table are rangefinders: 3 or 4 Yashica GTNs, two Canonet 17s, one Yashica GX (possibly the one I'm holding) and a couple of others I forget. For the first time I was actually able to play with these cameras and get a real feel for them. I'm almost tempted to drive there again and spend more time in his shop, or maybe take a punt with his repair man and just see if he can rescue that GX.