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    Compare the negatives. The chances are the Argus' shutter is slow and it is overexposing. Overexposed color negative film will be more 'vivid'. Since you got it processed at the drugstore they may be expecting the typical overexposure that the average P&S or disposable produces and a properly exposed roll from the Nikon threw them for a loop.

    Or it could be the other way round: the Argus is OK and the Nikon is (most likely) underexposing. I take it the Nikon's lens is free of fingerprints and fog...
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    bdial - I used a variety of lenses on my Nikon. Mostly i used my Nikkor 50mm, mainly b/c the lens on the Argus is also 50mm. The only difference between the two is the aperture and probably the quality of glass. (Nikkor = f/1.4, Argus = f/3.5)

    Nicholas - I think that's it. I checked the negs and they are just like the prints (imagine that!) The Argus negs are 'vivider' than the Nikon negs.

    I was cruising the forum a little trying to dig up some old threads on shutter accuracy and turned up this little tid-bit of info.
    http://www.apug.org/forums/forum147/...er-tester.html

    do you think i could just use a microphone held up to the shutter?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcorll View Post
    I was cruising the forum a little trying to dig up some old threads on shutter accuracy and turned up this little tid-bit of info.
    http://www.apug.org/forums/forum147/...er-tester.html

    do you think i could just use a microphone held up to the shutter?

    -jcorll
    Yes. I was really impressed the first time I realized that someone had used Audacity to record their camera shutter firing to time the opening. Way cool! Cheap, too.

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    Wow. Testing Nikon vs. Argus. Why didn't I think of that?:rolleyes:

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    If you had your film developed at CVS you can pretty much be assured it's their fault. One good thing CVS did for me was motivate me to learn to develop my own film. After they routinely screwed up my negs with streaks and tractor marks I had it! Now, I develop my own film and the results are much much better than CVS.
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    Older photographers are better?
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    Quote Originally Posted by wclark5179 View Post
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    The sound-card shutter tester idea works a lot better using a very simple phototransistor circuit and a light source instead of a microphone. I found a bunch of plans on the web for these and built one using a very sophisticated phototransistor (with a much faster response time) for under $20 in materials and an hour or so of my time.

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