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Christmas came early this year. My friend Dawn gifted me with her Grandfather's camera. I opened the case and what a great surprise. This camera has been on my "Gee, that looks interesting" list. It came with the flash, everyready case, working light meter and storage bag; all circa 1961. I've got the 35mm and 100 mm lenses on the way. This camera is ready to start taking pictures again. Thank you Dawn.
Looks like it's in good shape too. Enjoy!
Strange little beasts - watch out for the cocking lever as it's way too easy for it to hit your finger & throw off the exposure. OTOH, the Cintar lens is capable of very good performance if you are up to it.
My first camera was an Argus "Brick", bought for ~$15 in 1980. Later I was given a canon AE-1 with a zoom lens. The Argus took noticeably better pictures. Congratulations!
Oooh, that looks in fantastic nick, it really does! If you get over the ergonomics-from-hell (and the viewfinder that shows about 2/3 of what you will get on your neg, thus putting your careful framing all to cock :bang:), you will have a great deal of fun with it! There is definitely a masochistic element to Brick-use, but the results can be very satisfying.
Mine keeps damaging other people's DSLRs as they walk into walls while staring at it... It also damaged me one night when I had it in my coat pocket, and slipped off the pedals on my bike. It drew blood - and survived unmarked. Some beast!
Congrats on a pretty cool camera. I dissed mine for quite a long time, thinking it was just a strangely shaped oddity that was too archaic to do anything significant. I was wrong! Used with properly paid attention it will yield very nice pictures, much nicer than you'd expect.
That camera is a Colormatic model I believe. I have one and it is lotsa fun to use. I have
a little flickr set of images with this "Brick" if your interested. Pretty sharp lens on it.
Enjoy your Christmas gift !
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