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Old 06-27-2013   #1
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Argust 13th

It's not too early to start thinking about what camera you are going to shoot for Argust 13th (that day in August which corresponds with the last two digits of the year). I'd like to think I'll have my Dad's old CC fixed by then, but if not, there's a half dozen bricks I can choose from. And a few A's thrown in. Or maybe I'll find me a decent TLR in my favorite junktique store.

Here's one from Argust 12th to get you thinking (C-3, 35mm Sandmar, Yellow Filter, Kodak 100 T-Max).


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I only have the one Argus C3...I just need to be reminded to use it on Argust 13th...
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My C-3 and a roll of 100 T-MAX. farleymac how does the 35mm Sandmar compare to the 50mm and do you use the optional viewfinder?

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My C-3 and a roll of 100 T-MAX. farleymac how does the 35mm Sandmar compare to the 50mm and do you use the optional viewfinder?

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Well, David, it's wider And yes, I do use the aux finder for framing the shot. I figure if a good friend is going to give me one, I better use it. The 35 is fine, works well with color or B&W. Using contrast filters with B&W helps, and then remembering to remove them when shooting color helps even more.

T-Max 100 with yellow Series V filter



Poor Mountain Bald by br1078phot, on Flickr

Kodak Gold 100 with yellow Series V filter (big oops)


Oh Well by br1078phot, on Flickr

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Old 07-22-2013   #6
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Whenever the 35mm and viewfinder are listed on the bay the price always exceeds my photo allowance. I do see just the lens alone at a better price, is there another way to go on the viewfinder? I have zero experience with external viewfinders and there use.

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Well, David, it's wider And yes, I do use the aux finder for framing the shot. I figure if a good friend is going to give me one, I better use it. The 35 is fine, works well with color or B&W. Using contrast filters with B&W helps, and then remembering to remove them when shooting color helps even more.

T-Max 100 with yellow Series V filter



Poor Mountain Bald by br1078phot, on Flickr

Kodak Gold 100 with yellow Series V filter (big oops)


Oh Well by br1078phot, on Flickr

And after I remembered to take the filter off


The Big View by br1078phot, on Flickr

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Agreed much better without filter:^) Photo #1 is great, I need to get a yellow filter.

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Old 07-22-2013   #8
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What's great about the Sandmar lenses, David, is they take Series V filters, which you can sometimes find a set of them with the holders. About the only time I don't use contrast filters when shooting B&W is if I'm using Kodak BW400CN. Otherwise, my favorite filter is orange. Doesn't darken the sky too much, like the red will.

A good substitute for the finder would be one that came with an auxiliary lens set for a rangefinder, such as a Yashica. But then you'd have to have a C-3 with the accessory shoe, and I don't think the shoe is a standard size.

Keep looking, you never know where a set of Sandmar's and finder will show up.

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The C-3 I am using now does not have a accessory shoe but I have another that needs to be put back together that has one. Also have a Yashica MG-1 thats waiting to be finished will compare their shoe sizes tomorrow.

Will keep my eye out for a Sandmar set. Would the Yashica finder have the same framing lines as the Sandmar?

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The finder for the Sandmar lenses has a flip-down mask to go from 35mm to 100mm. The Yashica aux lenses are 37.7mm, and 58.4mm, so you would have to guess on the long view. You could I suppose get one of those Soviet made Zeiss copies of the turret finder, or one of the finders that Argus made for the C-44. Better yet, get a complete C-44 outfit, and be done with it.

Found a site explaining the different lenses available for the C-3.
http://forum.mflenses.com/argus-c3-a...es-t27812.html

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Old 07-25-2013   #11
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I will have to look into the C-44, never really read up on them. Thanks again for your help, hope you have a great weekend.

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Oh. it's been a lovely weekend, David. I'm in the middle of rearranging my apartment, so all the photo gear is piled up in one corner. I had to go run some errands, and on the way back I stopped in the antique mall, and picked up a clean Argoflex Super 75 with instruction manual. It wasn't in the plans, but I figured Argust 13th was coming up, and I don't have one of the 620 models.

I had inspected the interior while at the store, so it was a surprise to me when upon opening the back at home to see if a 120 spool would fit in the film chamber, the lock tab broke off. Now I'll have to get another camera just for the back.

One thing I haven't mentioned, is the Geiss Modified C-4 that was designed to take Enna Werk Lithagon interchangeable lenses. But the lenses and finder are hard to come by, and usually command a decent price. Sometimes though, you can find a set that is being sold from someones estate.

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Nice looking camera, like the color combo.

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Thanks. I had already put a black Griptac kit on my '49, but I liked the feel of my Matcmatic's shutter release and lens barrel more. When I picked up this Standard, I figured I might as well do a different scheme on it. I only wish Griptac came in more colors. It's the best covering for a user camera.
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Nice job on that recover, mortal.

A friend of mine sent me a C-4 Geiss Modified with a bum lens, and since mine had a bad shutter release, I took the lens off it and put in on the more recent one. Dug up my Cenei 29.5mm filter set, and Prinz hood, so I'm good to go.

Also have the repaired Super Seventy-Five, but then I forgot to re-roll some 120 today, and it's getting kind of late. So I'll probably just put the 35 Sandmar on one of the Bricks. B&W in the C-4, and color in the C-3 sounds like a good combo.

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I found a few rolls of Kodak Gold 200 that expired in 2005...gonna pop a roll in my C3, shoot it at 100 and see what happens...I'm ready for it this year...
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Ready to go! Got a couple shots of my cat on the porch, already. Then, I handed it over to my porch-Buddha.
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I got up early this morning...my wife asking the whole time..."Where are you going..???"
I've shot 12 frames in a 24 shot roll of the back and front yards and now I'm waiting to see what the light will do next...
While out in the front yard the old leather strap broke and the camera dropped (like a brick) onto the cement driveway...good thing I had the leather camera case on it as that took the only damage to it...I can't find a scratch on it anywhere other than the backside of the case...I checked the rangefinder alignment and even that looks good...
I hope to finish this roll today and get it developed...
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The C3 is first today. If I'm able to finish the roll in that, the AF will be next.
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I took two cameras with me, the C-4 Geiss, and a C-3. Only shot the C-4 though. Between taking relatives to the airport, hauling a neighbors stuff down to Goodwill, and dodging raindrops, it hasn't been a very productive day. But I have managed to shoot up half a roll of T-Max 100.

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Yeah, my day wasn't productive either-only shot one frame. Instead, I found myself in the middle of a lake pushing a Wetbike.
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Got my film back...they are Walgreen scans and aren't the greatest...I was impressed with the results of expired (2005) Kodak Gold 200 shot at 100...


Front yard Birch and school bus...
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White fence in the morning...
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More from the same roll...I am impressed with the results of this camera...I should run a roll of B&W so I can print from the negs...


No Parking...
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MTA Building Los Angeles...
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I take it the downtown shots were post cement test? Very good results, Sam.

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Argust 13th Photos

I have a C-4 Geiss that was obviously whacked by someone who didn't know what they were doing trying to fix it. But it has a good lens, so when a friend of mine sent me a working C-4 Geiss with a bad lens (another misguided repair job), it was simple to just swap the lenses, and I was ready for Argust day.

It started out cloudy and rainy, but I loaded up some Kodak T-Max 100, installed an orange filter and hood, and hit the road.

Link at the end to the full set.


Rain Coming by br1078phot, on Flickr
A cloudy start to the day




Fort Lewis Mountain Mists by br1078phot, on Flickr
Looking like a steaming volcano




Popular Business by br1078phot, on Flickr
The lot has been full ever since it opened three months ago




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Nice set of B&W's...decent lens and the focus looks good...
I've been to the Steak n Shake in Las Vegas...it's the closest one to us...
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As usual I seem to never meet dead lines. On the 13th had my 6 year old granddaughter, we went to the park and I managed to get about 6 frames taken. Trying to get her to be still for a second is not easy. Finally gave up and used the digital.

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What you've got there, David, is a flipped element. That's what happened to me when I was working on an Agfa Karat someone had messed with.

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Rats, for some reason I had a lot of trouble with this lens, don't remember how many times I rebuilt this lens. I have one off a Matchmatic but do not care for the way its marked. And I wondered about this lens, never had one give me the same results. I thought I had a magic lens, you busted my bubble:^)

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Not all is lost, David. There is a group on Flickr for Flipped Lens photography. A friend of mine had me flip one for him on purpose, though I didn't bother to record what I did. If I recall, it was the rear element. The more you stop it down, the less of the effect, and he wondered why it wasn't doing what he thought it should. Turned out he was shooting at f11 and 16.

I also flipped the center element on a Zeiss Nettar once, and though it behaved as advertised, I just wasn't enamored with the look.

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More from the same roll...I am impressed with the results of this camera...I should run a roll of B&W so I can print from the negs...


No Parking...
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MTA Building Los Angeles...
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I think you got a lucky bounce off that drop nikon_sam. To my eye these look better than your first three.

I didn't take my Argus 3 out. I have just never been that enamored with it. Beside which the rangefinder is quite yellowed and mostly unusable. It also took me a while to figure out how to replace the 50mm lens.

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