All is now well in the camera department, and I can attest to the rewards that can be available to loyal customers of traditional "brick and mortar" businesses. Not that I haven't done plenty of online shopping over the years, but sometimes Amazon just isn't the answer. In this case, Samy's Camera in Santa Barbara just made my life a whole lot better! My broken cameras are now working perfectly!
So I'm off to charge batteries, gather cables, clean lenses, and pack for Morocco!