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Old 07-15-2015   #1
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Argust 15th

This is your one month notice that Argust 15th is coming up. That is the day every August that coincides with the year date (this year being 2015) where you grab your Argus camera(s), and burn some film.

This year I finally have an Argus 40, one of their better faux TLRs. Will have to re-roll some 120 onto a 620 spool though. I'll likely also break out the C-3 outfit, so I can use the 135mm Soligor.

Check the ACG site for past Argust displays at
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Old 07-15-2015   #2
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Thank you for the heads-up...
My C3 is on the shelf ready to go...
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I must try to remember this day... my C3 is loaded with one of my last rolls of Arista Premium 400 and this would be a great opportunity to shoot it.
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Oooh, Saturday at Cropredy.... Might have to dig the Matchmatic out!

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Old 08-16-2015   #6
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Good thing the Oldtimer Fly- and Drive In was this weekend :-)

Inspecting the world's smallest 14-cilinder diesel radial engine:

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That's cool! Camera and film used, please.

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Old 08-16-2015   #8
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C3, Rollei Retro 400s
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Old 08-17-2015   #9
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Good thing the Oldtimer Fly- and Drive In was this weekend :-)

Inspecting the world's smallest 14-cilinder diesel radial engine:

Very neat! I'd love to know more about that engine.

Argus C3 ... Wow. It's been 46 years since I last used my mom's C3. I don't know what became of it, lost track of it somewhere in the many movements of my late teens and early twenties.

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Old 08-18-2015   #10
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Argus 40 on Kodak T-Max 100 120 re-spooled onto 620

Two samples.


C&O Craig Valley Branch Car Shop by P F McFarland, on Flickr




Concentrated Force by P F McFarland, on Flickr

See the rest at https://flic.kr/s/aHskhXKtgc

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Old 08-29-2015   #11
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Nobody else has any photos to add? They can be from any Argus branded camera, even the ones that are Argus in name only. And yes, that includes the sorry P&S film and digital cameras too.

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Nobody else has any photos to add? They can be from any Argus branded camera, even the ones that are Argus in name only. And yes, that includes the sorry P&S film and digital cameras too.

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Just developed the roll but not scanned yet. Unfortunately none of it was shot *exactly* on the 15th but it was all in August (er... well... maybe September the 1st... does that count?).
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Just developed the roll but not scanned yet. Unfortunately none of it was shot *exactly* on the 15th but it was all in August (er... well... maybe September the 1st... does that count?).
Close enough.

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Ok then, here we go. First batch, hot off the scanner. Argus C3 (Cintar 50mm f/3.5), Arista Premium 400 semi-stand in Adonal 1+100.


Chicken coop, Riverdale Farm
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Window and ivy - Toronto Necropolis chapel
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Headstone, Toronto Necropolis
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A couple more:


Chicken coop staredown - Riverdale Farm, Toronto
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Dunn - Toronto Necropolis
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Excellent! Especially the chicken coop photos.

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Thank you! I wish I'd spent more time with that chicken but I kind of like how it ended up being half out of frame.
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These are wonderful shots. For some reason, I can never get my Argus C3 sharply in focus. It just seems a bit "off". I tried the collimate the lens using scotch tape on the film plane, but I couldnt figure out how to "adjust" the lens. Any time I tried to change its position, the teeth didn't line up on the coupling wheel.
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These are wonderful shots. For some reason, I can never get my Argus C3 sharply in focus. It just seems a bit "off". I tried the collimate the lens using scotch tape on the film plane, but I couldnt figure out how to "adjust" the lens. Any time I tried to change its position, the teeth didn't line up on the coupling wheel.
Rick Oleson has a great page on the C3, including how to adjust the rangefinder:

http://rick_oleson.tripod.com/index-86.html
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A couple more from the same roll, why not?

On the topic of Argus C3 RF calibration - thanks rjbuzzclick for that link. I'm lucky in that mine seems "ok" although I'm at narrow apertures here for the most part which helps. Don't really know how accurate the focus is, and I've certainly taken some soft shots when using it wider open. I should probably check it!


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On the topic of Argus C3 RF calibration - thanks rjbuzzclick for that link. I'm lucky in that mine seems "ok" although I'm at narrow apertures here for the most part which helps. Don't really know how accurate the focus is, and I've certainly taken some soft shots when using it wider open. I should probably check it!
Nice photos. I also looked through your Flickr C3 album and there's nice stuff in there too.

You're welcome. Rick's site is a wealth of info and illustrations for camera tinkerers.

I think the Cintar lens is generally soft wide open. Calibrating the C3 rangefinder is not that exact of a procedure anyway, so if you're mostly happy with yours, it might not be worth the headache to adjust it. Certainly, if you can pull off a close-up shot like your "Headstone, Toronto Necropolis", I would say your rangefinder is pretty spot on.
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In my experience the older Cintars can be all over the place, depending on many factors, not the least of which is manufacturing variances of the C-3 body. I found that out when swapping lenses around one day. And shooting wide open is just inviting softness. Many Cintars are a bit hazed too from sitting around for many years in someones closet.

The Sandmar 35mm lens can be soft at times, but the 100mm is good.

The Soligor 135mm is really nice, as long as you don't accidentally flip an element when cleaning it (like I did).

I flipped an element in a 50mm Cintar for a friend of mine because he wanted that center-sharp/swirly-edge look. He then complained that it wasn't doing it, until I mentioned that if he'd quit shooting 400 speed film in bright sunlight, and get the aperture opened up, it would. Then he was happy.

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Ok then, here we go. First batch, hot off the scanner. Argus C3 (Cintar 50mm f/3.5), Arista Premium 400 semi-stand in Adonal 1+100.


Chicken coop, Riverdale Farm
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It reminds me of this YouTube video, "The Holy Chicken of Life and Music"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1pxVXIzXAs

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Nice photos. I also looked through your Flickr C3 album and there's nice stuff in there too.

You're welcome. Rick's site is a wealth of info and illustrations for camera tinkerers.

I think the Cintar lens is generally soft wide open. Calibrating the C3 rangefinder is not that exact of a procedure anyway, so if you're mostly happy with yours, it might not be worth the headache to adjust it. Certainly, if you can pull off a close-up shot like your "Headstone, Toronto Necropolis", I would say your rangefinder is pretty spot on.
Thanks, much appreciated.
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It reminds me of this YouTube video, "The Holy Chicken of Life and Music"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1pxVXIzXAs

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Oh man, that was confusing. Thanks for that link.
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