UPDATE:
I got some good images today after solving the following camera issues:

1) shutter was not closing all the way, fogging the film between shots --- spring tightened
2) Using 3000 speed outdoors --- DON'T! the tiny aperture diffracts way way too much for me. Maybe some ND filters can be rigged to cover the lens and the sensor.
3) Lens not clean --- front end disassembled and lens surfaces cleaned