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Marcy's argus a-four experience:

A friend of mine asked me to help her move. I decided to bring the argus a-four to document the event - and as an excuse not to have to lift boxes. Besides, all she wanted me for was my Wagoneer.

 It's not Argus A-4. It's argus a-four. All lower case. That's what it says anyway. Kinda cute plastic and aluminum camera. This particular specimen has some skuzzy inside the lens, but I rather like it. Gives just the right amount of soft focus in low light. The shutter button wouldn't actually operate the shutter, so I had to use my fingernail to move the lever on the side of the lens. No biggy. As with the C-3, the a-four has a little lever that releases the film advance. After every exposure, you've got to remember to hold the lever to the right, wind the film advance a little way, then release the lever and wind until the film advance locks. A pain, I know. There's the added complication of having to manually cock the shutter as well. Then you've got to focus the lens (this ain't no toy). Shutter speeds: "B", 25, 50, 100, 200. The stops range from f3.5 - f22. The main beef I've got with this camera is that when you release the rear latch, the back completely detaches itself. It doesn't feel as though it's going to do that, so every time I opened the camera, I dropped the back. It's got a nice weight to it. Lightweight, but not light-as-air, like you're going to get camera shake in every shot. I used HP-5 and got some pretty nice results.

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So, we finish the move and we're lying around on the floor and she says, "I shoulda taken the other apartment ... the one upstairs ..."


Up the stairs, doing the "last load" dance.


McKeown's PRICE GUIDE TO ANTIQUE & CLASSIC CAMERAS 2001-2002 states, "Argus A4 - 1953 - 56. Body style completely different from the earlier 'A' cameras. Boxy plastic body with aluminum faceplate. Cintar f3.5/44mm, sync. $12-20."

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