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    My "Brand New" Argus C 3

    I recently acquired an Argus C 3 and everything works fine, including the flashgun that attaches to the side of the camera. I have a bunch of #25 press bulbs that work in it.

    But.... the Brick doesn't have place on the camera body to attach a camera strap! I guess you're expected to use the strap on the leather case which I do have for it but it doesn't look like the leather strap is strong enough to take the Brick's weight for very long. Was there any other way to carry this camera comfortably OR was it simply kept on a tripod by it's users?

    This is a crazy (but fascinating) camera. Not at all user friendly! The flashgun doesn't even have a bulb ejector button!

    This is one camera that you could REALLY use as a doorstop!
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    Congratulations! They are great little cameras. The leather strap, if it is in good shape, will support the camera quite well. If, as is quite probable, if has torn or rotted over the years, you can screw a decent size screw eye into the case and attach a strap to that.

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    I have a C3 owner's manual and it shows a red button at the top of the flash gun for releasing the bulb. I think there are straps available that screw into the tripod mount on the bottom of the camera (see gordy's camera straps one of the APUG sponsors).

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    The red button on the flash was only in later models, not sure which you have. You may want to visit the Argus Collector's Group http://arguscg.tripod.com/ to see. Be sure to mark 6 Argust on your calendar this year.

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    Thanks everyone! I'll have to check Gordy's- great idea- like a lightmeter. My leather case and strap are in very good condition- as if they weren't used at all and I would just as soon keep them that way. There's no bulb ejector on this one but the bulbs cool off surprisingly fast. I was spoiled by the Graflites. I think it was with the C 33s that got the "upgrades"! I just can't over the way the C 3 looks (and works)! With as many as were produced, I don't recall ever having seen one until now. (credit goes to the auction site).....
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    Congratulations on your brick.

    World Wide Pinhole Day is the last Sunday in April. In addition to a doorstop, your Argus C3 also makes a great pinhole camera. Simply remove the lens and replace it with a 0.22mm diameter pinhole (0.0087 inch).

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    Sounds like a nice camera. Yeah my leather strap came torn, they don't seem to age well. Have fun with it, it's a fairly sharp camera for such a simple lens design.
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    Keep an eye on eBay...sometimes you'll find someone selling a stack of tripod-hole mount straps for very little money. I think I paid $6 for 15 of the things. Four of them were too brittle to use, but the other have all worked out fine. I have one permanently attached to my Brick, and it works fine.

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    You could drill holes in the solid ends of the case and put in eyescrews.

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    I just saw some family pictures from about 30 years ago, all taken with an Argus C3.
    Shot on Tri-X, they looked fantastic. Fantastic enough that now I must get myself a brick! Argh! Congratulations though!

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