Just out of bed after a fortnight’s bout of Gastritis. Bought a new film Silver Plus ASA 125, of unknown provenience. It is packed, cartoned and labeled in India near Delhi, by the same guys who make Nova NP22. A ten pack cost the equivalent of $6.00. The lens Pancolar, came with my VXIIa. I could rebuild the VXIIa [posted earlier], but the lens was mangled and the barrel ovalled. The diaphragm was damaged fully. Sent it to Mr Yazdani of Kamera Werke, Calcuta. He would wait for 6 to 9 months to see if he could come by an old diaphragm. No such luck! I persuaded Mr.Yazdani with great difficulty to put in a fixed aperture disc at f/8.0, as I take pictures mostly in daylight. He thought that was near blasphemy and immoral! This man is devoted to manual cameras of old time. After one full year he put in a fixed aperture disc and sent me the re-built lens. He would not send me a bill until I “certified” that it was good and working well. I wonder how such people are made and how they get along in today’s world. They give me hope. So here are some test pictures from my first trial strip. Sorry, I could not venture far from home and pick a theme of interest. Too weak to even carry a tripod and use it. Took these pictures on the way to buy grocery and veggies. Some of the scenes may be familiar due to my earlier posts. The lens seems impressive. The new film seems to develop good tones; may be a bit grainy; but I like the grains anyway! May venture out next week for better themes. Thank you for your patience and comments. Regards, SP.