Found out the Tuesday before last that I had Spring Break the coming week. Immediately called my friend 5 hours away in Chicago and set up a photoshoot. Drove in Monday morning, stayed until Friday, with the big shoot set for Wednesday in Gary, IN. Got the required permit, and then we went costume shopping on Tuesday. Hit up some thrift shops, and my friend's sister suggested we go to an antique store that had lots of costumes. Well holy hell they did. Anything you could ever want was crammed into this shop, and this shop was HUGE. We kept finding more and more rooms, and on our way out discovered there was a basement that had more stuff in it. But I digress. So we walk around and find a dress, corset, another dress with wings, some lacy stuff, random odds and ends, and head to the counter. $150 for everything for two days.... NO THANKS! Especially when to buy the stuff from the store would maybe be double that, if even. So we end up with the dress with wings (I'll post pics later) and as my friend is filling out the rental agreement, I spy some old cameras on a shelf. I walk over to investigate, and see that it's mostly old junk. Crappy dusty cameras that even when they were new weren't that great. Some old movie cameras, but everything on the shelf was broken, and you could tell. Except one piece. I saw it immediately. You see, I've been looking at these lenses on ebay for quite some time, and wondered why they were so expensive. I added a few to my watch list and left it at that, never really thinking I could ever afford one, and then wondering if I ever did afford one, what I would do with it. It's for the Pentax M42 screw mount, which I have a few cameras for, but I don't use them. I'm not a fan of 35mm film really, too much to mess around with an external light meter. There was a Hoya filter on the front of the lens, which after unscrewing revealed a flawless front element. The rear was just as flawless. Focusing was smooth, and all the aperture blades were there and snappy. The camera wouldn't cock or fire and the mirror was stuck in the up position. DOA. But the set had a price tag of $29.50 on it, so I had to ask. I take the camera, trying to look as unconcerned as possible, and ask if items were for sale as well as to rent. "Yeah, how much do I have on it? $29? I'll give it to you for $24. How does that sound?" "Yeah, ok I guess," I respond, and dig out some cash from my wallet. She bags it up and my friend and I walk out the front door, with neither woman realizing what had just happened. We get outside and I say to my friend "Guess how much this lens is worth," with a big grin on my face. "I have no idea. How much?" "One thousand dollars!" The lens in question is a Yashinon Tomioka 55mm f1.2 that was attached to a Yashica TL-Super. In hindsight I should have haggled with her to get the price down a little lower, maybe to $20. Here it is on my EM-5 Yashinon on EM-5 by BeanedSprout, on Flickr And yes, it is for sale.