Woe is me! The winder on my beloved Contax G1, owed since virtually new and often used with the four (28mm-90mm) lenses I have had to count my one and two dollar (Aussie) coins to purchase, has passed away, and I am in a terrible emotional state. I want to get it repaired, even if I have to mortgage my other cameras and the cats to pay for it - but where? I live in Melbourne, and since I bought the G1 in 1999, it has been once for a CLA and a minor repair to the focusing system, by a highly capable Contax trained technician (Vic, formerly of the Camera Exchange) who has now, I believe, retired. What to do? On a somewhat limited income (part pension, part time work in a community agency which provides me with great fulfilment, but very little spare dosh) buying another G model even is probably more than I could afford, not to overlook perhaps risky, given the age of most of the G cameras. Will a repair be worth while in cost terms? And if yes, who would be the most qualified person, not necessarily here in Melbourne but it would be preferable if I could take the camera to the repair person myself? Or will the cost be so expensive that the time may well have come, o horror! for me to bite the bullet yet further into the lead, and go digital? I believe it is now possible to adapt the wonderful Carl Zeiss lenses to some DSLR systems. The only stumbling block, for me, at this time is cost. Presumably (someone please correct me on this if I am wrong) it would still be cheaper for me to get the G1 repaired and use it for a few more years til I exhaust the mega stocks of frozen film in my freezer (I probably have more Kodak Panatomic and Technical Pan safely stored in Antarctic conditions, than Kodak would have!) at which time I will consider maybe going d*g*t*l, pardon the term, f by then I am still able to hold a camera... The images I have consistently had from the G1 are so good, the thought of losing this beloved and oft used part of my photographic arsenal, makes me want to.. cry. Not yet go d*g*t*l. Anyway, any advice from Australian members will be most welcome. Due to my limited means, cost is a factor, but not time - I do have a Rolleiflex E2, a Kodak Retina I and a Nikkormat EL to console me while I wait for the G1 to be brought back to full functionality, even if the work takes a few months. Please let me know. I am anxious to follow this up and get my beloved G1 back on the road to recovering its full health. Everything else on the camera functions A1++ and other than the winding, I believe the G1 would be good for a few more years of loving use. Aussie members, many thanks in advance for your good advice.