CE Nelson , May 21, 2005; 10:24 p.m.
I should add that this specific camera body is a world traveler. It was sent to me by a gentleman who put an ad on one of the more-or-less DOA camera boards - FREE TO GOOD HOME. How did I find it? I typed "free camera to good home" into Google's search form. TADA!
The camera was purchased in a Navy PX during the Viet Nam conflict. The base was located in Bien Thien or something like that. After the tour in Viet Nam, the cameraman took his Chinon CS and went to Korea where he and the Chinon did time as photojournalists. More traveling came after that stint.
It has been a good camera, and when I hear people bad-mouth old Chinon gear (with exception of the one model... memo somethign or other) I remind them that this camera has stood the test of years of hard living, and continues to pull duty. Bulb to 1000th, metal curtains, M42 - Man, if there were only a place for a fuse I bet it could serve as a fricken mortar in time of war.
I had a GAF L-CS - a rebadged Chinon CS - which I refoamed and donated just the other day. Time may bring me regret for letting it go, but it went to a good soul. If you see one of these, it will probably be going for cheap - grab one, I say. Good to have in a pinch.