You might want to call by Alan Lane's cubby, "Camera Lane" on the corner of Hardware and Little Bourke Streets. What you can't see in the cramped display window might be lurking several layers back in dark shelves inside. It's sometimes very surprising what he's ferreting away. If nothing turns up, at least you might have the privilege of being served by the eyecatching Venus, Al's very sharp second-in-command and Leica-tragic.

Meanwhile, if you're satisfyingly convinced by LJH's side-splitting swipe at Mikhail's Kamerahaus, check out this Mamiya pup on FleaBay — here in Australia.