The idea to write about an old camera was just something I thought up on a whim and put together that review with my thoughts, and some sample pics I got from that camera. Never in a million years, would I have imagined that nearly five years later, my site would have grown into what it was. I hope you enjoy it. As I began writing this article, I began to hit milestones I had never hit with any previous camera review. My typical review is between four to six thousand words with the largest topping out at eight thousand words. But this time, I shattered the ten thousand word barrier, and hit eleven, then twelve thousands. After having some sense talked into me by fellow collectors and bloggers, I decided to split up this Argus piece into five separate articles for you to enjoy in smaller parts. This week, I will release one piece at a time, with a full version of the whole article on Friday. The five parts will be:.
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Don’t forget to update your personal camera inventory , Google [Bot]. Find a camera by name:. Votes: 17 Suggest the rarity Add this camera to your inventory Add this camera to your wishlist. Known as “brick”. Several variations of wind knob, accessory clip and name plates. During the years it was manufactured, it was the best selling 35mm camera, around 2 million cameras were sold.
As the negatives produced by this camera were very small, just 17x12mm, to make for the Girard cameras are often found in the newspapers and magazines dated around [link]. Argus C3 Matchmatic, made in the USA.
The American made Argus C-3 may be the most prolific rangefinder, with over 3 million cameras produced! Finished Restoring my Matchmatic C3. I got this Matchmatic C3 from a garage sale, and the body was in fair condition, but the optics, rangefinder, and viewfinder were all very dirty. Like most old C3s, everything was stiff, but functional. So I used several of the many good tutorials online and tore the camera apart and did a full CLA.
For those of you who have taken a C3 apart, its not hard, but I still managed to screw a couple of things up. So I ended up having to get a donor Matcmatic off ebay to take some of the parts. During the process, I was unable to remove the stock leather ette without tearing it to shreds, so I had to look for a replacement. I found www. I should mention that Morgan from Camera Leather said they could possibly tint their pebbled leatherette to match the stock color of the Matchmatic, but by that point, I decided I wanted to go with a completely different color altogether.
Since C3s arent worth much, even restored ones like this one, I wasn’t too concerned with color accuracy. So anyway, today I put the final touches on the camera. I am pretty happy with how it turned out.
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Copyright by Phillip G. For pictures of Argus cameras to help in identifying which model you have, Click here. Establishing dates of manufacture for Argus cameras is an inexact art.
Argus Autronic C3 is 35mm film rangefinder camera made by Argus and Argus camera timeline · in Argus Collectors Group · Argus dating info in
But then you can go into manual exposure mode. Coupled range finder. Argus Autronic: Electric eye finds the right aperture, 50mm f Kodak Motormatic 35 – spring operated drive – two windings to transport 20 pictures. Note: in ’61 all cameras mention which Series filter they take, either directly or via adapter, and if the adapter is needed it is listed right with the camera. This goes for the cameras on the prior pages as well.
There is a lot of good in the Series accessory system. I’m surprised to learn that a weird pentagonal obelisk in front of Lurie Terrace is in fact a time capsule. There is actually a second one nearby, from But the bronze plaque snow removed here is the same. Most amusing to me is that apparently one bit of swag included in the time capsule was one of the very odd and clunky Argus Autronic cameras.
The company was in real trouble at that point, and only had a small remnant left in Ann Arbor surviving on defense contracts for specialized optics.
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Camera Stuff I love all cameras and still like to ” Burn” film. Rangefinder cameras are so simple and a pure joy to use. Argus C3’s are fun as they are ” Auto Nothing”.
Needless to say, such things are very unpleasant from a company standpoint as well as a personal standpoint. In recent years we have made improvements in leveling our employment between the fall and spring months. We have done this even though our sales in November are sometimes three times February sales. This is done with some risk by building a large inventory of finished products during the spring.
We started out this year to do just what I have described above. Last fall we made a forecast of our sales for the year and at that time we anticipated a sizeable increase in total sales. On the basis of this increase, we set our production schedule so that we could meet the fall demand with no increases in schedule at that time. Instead of the sales increase forecasted, our sales are slightly behind last year’s. This meansthat during the last few months we have built more inventory than is needed to meet the fall demand and it has been necessary to reduce production on some lines.
There are a number of factors that contributed to this condition. Business in general this year is not setting the record pace some forecasters had anticipated. In fact, our business as well as the general conditions of the country have been running about the same. Competition has become considerably stronger. This is true in both the projector and camera fields and comes from U.