Photo Casualties

Recently I suffered the loss of my Velbon tripod. One leg refused fully to retract then finally broke. In trying to fix it, the lens cap--kept in place through "ingenious" Soviet design by the friction of a thin felt strip inside the lip of the cap--came off, skittered down the Peleng fisheye's convex lens, and left a big scratch. That has put paid to my VR photography, as I don't know when I will have the money to buy a new tripod and fisheye lens: Even old weighty Soviet military tech Peleng fisheyes are costly, at least $315 or more.

What a bummer. However, now that classes have resumed, I don't have much time to mess with cameras.