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Argus Holiday 2018

For the Argus Collectors' Group Holiday Photo Contest 2018, I ran film through two different classic Argus Camera models. They were manufactured in Ann Arbor, Michigan, about two decades apart.

First was a Model C that I acquired recently, s/n 14422 C, 1930's production.
Biggest issue with this camera was the back closing... the back and camera body were a bad match to fit, too tight, and the back would not close all the way. I used a file to remove some material from the bakelite body to make closure a little easier. But then trying to adjust the metal latch that holds it shut, the brittle metal gave out, the end of the latch snapped off. Ouch. Not an easy repair, since the two rivets that hold the latch into the end of the back door on this early C series camera are in the track of the light seal area. So the broken latch is staying for now. The door closes, and I fashioned a clamp for security that uses the tripod screw hole as an anchoring point, for when I put film in the camera. The clamp also makes it easier to grip the camera with my left hand when in use.

Second camera was a Argus C-four, s/n 0303647, with the Geiss America modification that allows interchangeability of lenses. The C-four is a product of the 1950's.

On a bitterly cold December day I loaded the Model C with Kodak 200 film. I started out shooting outdoors in and around Valley Park on the Meramec River, then retreated indoors. The roll was completed with some still shots in the studio, using available light from an old Sylvania halogen movie light on a tripod.

Another roll of Kodak 200 was loaded into the C-four Geiss, and exposed at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis.

Please click on thumbnails to see enlarged.
All images are 2018 E.J.Kowalski.
Thanks! Ed

You can view all the photos with their notes at http://arguscg.org/events/holiday2018/
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