Just an update. I initially troubleshooter the issue with the lens not being flush , a secondary issue popped as well. The rear standard was not closing completely flush. I did not notice this because the difference for was minor and or popped up recently. I switched the rear standard with the front.

With everything flush the lens is stellar and clearly sharper than my Scheider 210 APO ( from an epson v850 ) I've taken some shots at 2 feet and they are the sharpest photographs I've ever taken. You can definitely get in close with this lens.