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DWThomas
08-01-2007, 11:32 PM
Having participated (and chuckled a bit) last year, just thought I'd pass along a link for all you Argus owners.

Argust 7th (http://www.surprenantphoto.com/argust7)

A few days ago I actually ripped my C3 apart to the point of cleaning the internal surfaces of the viewfinder and rangfinder. Wow -- it is possible to see through it! Those teeny-tiny windows are still a tad tedious for those of us whose eyes have seen six-plus decades, but at least now they're clear.

Think I'll splurge on color this year.

DaveT

thebanana
08-17-2007, 01:44 PM
My late father in law left me a mint condition Argus which I just received yesterday. There's no model # on it, but I suppose I could do some searches via the serial number to find out more about it. Next year I'll be sure to bring it out on Argust 7th!

htmlguru4242
08-17-2007, 02:37 PM
I've got one of those from my grandfather. It's a bit dirty and sticky, but I've been a little nervous about disassembling it.

How hard is it to get opened and back together, DaveT?

thebanana
08-17-2007, 03:11 PM
Turns out mine's a Matchmatic. Minus the selenium meter unfortunately.

light leak
08-21-2007, 03:47 PM
My late father in law left me a mint condition Argus which I just received yesterday. There's no model # on it, but I suppose I could do some searches via the serial number to find out more about it. Next year I'll be sure to bring it out on Argust 7th!

I believe next year's Argust day will be the 8th. First year on the 1st, second year on the 2nd, and so on. I didn't want you to dedicate the next year of your life to this just to blow it on the last day. :p

Jonathan

DWThomas
08-21-2007, 04:45 PM
I believe next year's Argust day will be the 8th. First year on the 1st, second year on the 2nd, and so on. I didn't want you to dedicate the next year of your life to this just to blow it on the last day. :p

Jonathan

Yes, Jonathan is correct -- somehow they got into August (last digit of the year)th, not sure what the plan is for 2010!

It was hot as all get out, but I was pretty happy with the outcome (http://www.pbase.com/dw_thomas/argust7th2007). That's probably the first time that box has seen a roll of color film since the mid-sixties.

There are a fair number of shots up in the Argust 7th Gallery (http://www.surprenantphoto.com/Argust7AllPhotos.html).

By all means put Argust 8th on your 2008 schedule. Argus Day has a long way to go to catch up with Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day!

DaveT

DWThomas
08-21-2007, 04:55 PM
I've got one of those from my grandfather. It's a bit dirty and sticky, but I've been a little nervous about disassembling it.

How hard is it to get opened and back together, DaveT?

Easier than watchmaking. :D

Some good resources (plus a #$&@* pop-up or two) are linked throuigh the Argus Collectors Group (http://arguscg.tripod.com/). There's about a twenty page document with some photographs for working on the C3. The trickiest thing with disassembly/reassembly of the C3 is a weird little bar that couples to the shutter escapement and follows a cam on the shutter speed dial. This bar has to be hooked into a link on the body and slipped into a loop on the front panel as you reinstall the front and might make one wish our species had evolved a third hand with tweezer-like fingers. :rolleyes:

That site has a mailing list type of forum which I've never tried, but no doubt you could get more detailed answers on specific questions.

DaveT