I don't know if anyone else loves old working cameras like I do, but I was lucky on Saturday. I was at Wing's Camera in Gwinnett Country Ga on Saturday and I found an old Argus C2. After researching on the Internet, the serial number shows it was made in 1939. I don't know how accurate the shutter is, and setting the aperture is weird because there are no stops (where the ring clicks) I have some Superia 200 in it and everything seems to be working. I will post some photos of the camera and some shots once I work my way through the roll.
I'm familiar with the old brick-with-a-lens, the C3, but never heard of the C2. Do you know if Argus made a C1? Be interesting to see the results you get.
There was also an Argus C4. I have one displayed on my bookcase.
Over achievers make the rest of us look bad.
Argus C-uncoupled rangefinder-no flash sync
Argus C2-coupled rangefinder-no flash sync
C3-coupled rangefinder and flash sync
The C3 is very common, the C and C2 far less so.
Well, I have shot the roll in the Argus, but I haven't developed them yet. I did take some shots of the camera itself. Here are three of them:
If you want to see all of them (7 total), you can check out the gallery here. This is also where I will post some of the shots of the roll I developed, if any of them come out.
If you want to see my eveer growing camera collection, you can check out that gallery here.
I really do think we should get a hardware thread going somewhere.
The first photo I ever sold to a national magazine was with an Argus C3 in 1947.
In addition to Fujicaman's response discusing flash sync, at around WWII, the lens was coated, I thought that it took place when updating to the C3, but perhaps others will know (I'm the only one of us who is old enough to remember, but remember, I'm the absent minded professor).
Last edited by ProfessorLynn; 01-26-2012 at 04:16 PM. Reason: addition