This is a multi-topic post but it is mostly about me so I thought announcements was a good enough place to put it. After a long search and being outbid on many items I have finally bought a replacement lens for my Ysaron 127mm. I picked up a 150mm G Claron and a Copal Press shutter to put it in. The Press shutter was actually a Tominon 75mm lens in Polaroid part 88-3. It came yeterday and I spent a while digging out the lens and shutter. There were a couple of pins that made mount the shutter flush impossible so I took care of them with my trusty hacksaw. The shutter and lens are now mounted on a lensboard on my camera. The farthest away I can focus with a flat lensboard is about 12 inches but I will try a couple of sheets of macro before my G Claron gets here and I switch out lens elements. My favorite thing about my new lens is the sharpness but a close second is that I can finally start using filters. My tripod head should be arriving any day and then I can start using my Manfrotto tripod I got for Christmas instead of a rickety Vivitar tripod with a broken leg. I have made a couple of nice images with the old setup but I finally feel like I have really arrived. I have also got enough film in the freezer to last me until next year.
As a side note. The e-mail address with my previous posts is no longer valid. This is the current one.