I am not sure when I began thinking about acquiring a vintage lens to use with my Fuji X cameras, but once their was thought, there was obsession. And so began the quest to find a Meyer-Optik Görlitz Oreston 50/1.8 lens. What I really wanted was the Trioplan 100/2.8 with its distinctive soap bubble bokeh, but the price was more than I really wanted to pay. So I settled.

While searching Ebay and KEH for the Oreston, I decided to take a quick check of my local Craigslist and to my surprise I saw the exact same lens I was searching attached to an old Praktica for sale in the next town over for $20. I texted the seller, met the seller, and had a new lens to play with.

That was then....

I took a little drive to the Rolling Hills Asylum in Upstate New York, reportedly one of the most haunted places in America. I wasn't so much interested in a ghost hunting adventure (although it sounded fun) as much as I wanted the opportunity to tour and photograph the building. The Rolling Hills Asylum did not disappoint.  

A quick Google search brought me to http://rollinghillsasylum.vpweb.com which perfectly matched my criteria: The Rolling Hills Asylum was reachable (only a seven hour drive from Rhode Island) with an interesting history and plenty of photographic potential. I booked the 6pm to 9pm "Psych Hold" tour for a very reasonable $30.