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Marcy's Arghole Experience:


One thing they don't teach you in chemistry class... alcohol and eBay don't mix. That's how I ended up with 35 plastic Argus cameras. It's that darn eBay Wholesale Lots section... I can't stay away from it sometimes. What am I going to do with THIRTY-F'n FIVE of these things? Ha! Pinhole cameras! That's what! I placed one before me on the work bench. I set for a spell. I pondered. Here's what I came up with...

Prototype... Arghole #1 ... I drilled the lens out and inserted a homemade pinhole. Along with other modifications, I clipped the shutter paddle. I had to drill and insert another little peg to give the shuttle paddle something to stop against. What once was the shutter release button is now the film advance release. The lens cover is now the shutter.

Photos taken with Arghole #1:

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I really liked this image and it sent me into a car-shooting frenzy.

I trimmed the shutter door finger too short and it ended up sticking in a couple of shots. Overall though, I was pretty pleased with the outcome. Two changes needed to be made. The original paddle that was the shutter had been trimmed too short ... it wouldn't fire the flash. On Arghole #2, I trimmed the shutter paddle so it wouldn't cover the hole, but it would fire the flash when activated.

Photos taken with Arghole #2:

The flash will now fire and I can do macro pinhole - sort of.

This is a double exposure, though it's kind of difficult to tell from this scan. I made a long exposure ( about 20 minutes) of the living room at night. I then put a blue filter over the flash and took a close-up of my cat's face. You can kind of see him in the dark area on the right.


About a one hour exposure using candle light.


Not a Matchbox.

I decided that I liked the hole on Arghole #1 better, so I swapped it with Arghole #2's hole. Arghole #2 is now a perfectly functioning machine! Now I've got a functioning flash on a pinhole camera that accepts a roll of 35mm film. Wildly fun playing with the flash!

These images look like an eighty car pile-up on a 1960's table, but they're Matchbox cars.

I was obsessed with Matchbox cars until the age of ten, when I picked up a Kodak Instamatic camera...

but this collection remains.

I like how these look like a chop shop's security camera!

Flash exposure - nearly instant. I find that I can't use flash with subjects directly in front of the hole. They need to be about 4 inches away. Otherwise, the flash won't hit them.


Long exposure.

This was supposed to be about the cars, but it ended up being about the table.

Feathers and the ceiling.


Observing dead bees.


Scissors and teeth.


So now the good news is that I've got 33 more of these cameras! They've become two tone (sh*t brown... I mean, chocolate brown and black) pinhole cameras called Argholes. These cameras are a limited edition and each is signed and numbered by me!

They are sold out!

 The Arghole comes with complete instructions & a faux leather case that says, "CAMERA" on it. That's so you won't get your Arghole confused with something else like, say, a hole in the ground?

Note: I'm sold out of the Argholes.

The signed image.

More images taken with #31.

A note about the Arghole Limited Edition camera logo: I wanted to use a picture of a donut. I didn't want to actually buy a package of donuts, so I took my little Webster mini scanner to the grocery store and scanned the perfect cinnamon donut, right through the packaging.

I've started an Arghole Album with contributions & comments from actual Arghole users!

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