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    JRieke's Avatar
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    Apr 2009
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    How bad is the Argus c-44

    I've been looking at all manual rangefinders and I'm intrigued by the Argus C-44. The specs on it look good but everyone seems to bash it saying that it's hard to change the lens. Is it really that bad or are people just nit picking? I might buy one just so I can go on forums like this saying how much I like my C-44 to annoy people.

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    Sep 2005
    It's really a pretty cool camera with a really good lens. Changing the lens can be annoying, but the camera itself, while a little crude in its construction, is a good one and can give surprisingly excellent results. You should buy one, not to annoy people, but because it's a nice camera. I think you'll be really surprised.

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    Nahh, buy it to annoy people. ASS u ME ing it's the same lens as the C3, C4 it's a triplet. Stop it down to F/8 and it's fine.
    John, Mount Vernon, Virginia USA

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    Ralph Javins's Avatar
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    Jul 2008
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    Good morning;

    While I do not have the C44, I do have three samples of the C3; one standard C3 and two Match-Matic C3. No, it is not a Leica or a Nikon SP or a Canon 7, but it is a good functional 35 mm camera that served over a generation of family photographers very well. I like mine. I am still happy with the quality of the prints that are produced, considering that I am not using the C3 for any critical work.

    There were two other "Coated Cintar" lenses commonly available to replace the 50 mm standard lens, a 35 mm wide angle and a 100 mm short telephoto lens. They just screwed into the front of the camera and the behind-the-lens shutter still did its job. The Cintar lenses are not bad. It might be fun to set up the lens target board to see how it does. By the way, I think that the C44 used a bayonet mount lens system. The C44 also had many other features and improvements in an attempt to keep up with the growing competition from "overseas."

    There are many people who can say; "My dad had a C3." They made over 2 million of them. They must have had something going for them to have lasted for 27 years of production. That camera served to establish 35 mm as the film format of choice in America more than any other camera. The main problem they ran into was the growing Japanese camera marketing in the USA in the 1960's.

    Go ahead and get the "Brick" and enjoy taking photographs with a significant piece of American photographic history.

    Ralph Javins, Latte Land, Washington

    When they ask you; "How many Mega Pixels you got in your camera?"
    just tell them; "I use activated silver bromide crystals tor my image storage media."

  5. #5

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    Sep 2006

    Go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/arguscg/ where all your questions will be answered.
    The Eden, NC Site of the 2009 Eighth Annual Argus International Gathering May 15-17 will among other things celebrate the 70th anniversary of the ARGUS C-3, the BRICK.
    Full information on the gathering can be found here
    Francis in VT
    Last edited by Francis in VT; 04-29-2009 at 02:11 PM. Click to view previous post history. Reason: insert first url



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