On August 2nd, 2002, a group of Argus enthusiasts dared to venture out into the world at large. We call the day ARGUST SECOND. Armed with only an Argus camera (and some film) these Argus-toting loyalists produced the fascinating images below.
"Both of these were made
with my Argus Model AA. Pic AA1 was
shot at F 9 and "instant" shutter speed. Pic AA2 was shot at F 12.7 at
"instant" shutter speed. Both on sunlit afternoon, but AA1 was shot in the
Verthein :"Both were taken with my Argus A-Four (rapidly becoming my
Argus...this month anyway). Both shot on Plus-X, processed in HC-110
dilution "B" and scanned the negatives on my Olympus ES10 film scanner
(cheep but effective) One shot is my 19 year old daughter posing
alongside my 16 year old sons 1949 Chevrolet. 1/50 f:8 (very overcast
day). Then, I thought...heck I'll shoot some still life. Asked the same
daughter to fetch me something interesting to put on the table for a
shot...what you see is what she brought me. Haven't decided if I should
be worried or not. But a mighty sharp shot for an old Argus I thought.
Overhead light, f:22 focused at 3 feet, an approximate half second
exposure...and first time I've used a cable release on the A-Four. It
looked kinda silly on my massive Bogen tripod! "
"They were both taken with a prewar
Argus C3 s/n 0361766 equipped with a 100mm Tele-Sandmar lens. The flash
picture was taken with an M2B bulb in an original Argus upright flash unit.
The film was Agfa RSX II ASA50 slide film. The scanner was a CanoScan D 660U
which scans at a maximum 1200 x 600 dpi and really does not produce very
The first picture is my twelve month old son Dan. The second is the view off
of our deck at sunset. (Harvey Lake)"
"They were both taken with a previously untested and unserviced C-4. The frogs were piled into one of my birdbaths earlier in the week to try to freak out my dog, but she didn't care. The cat had never used the basket for naps, and barely fit (huge cat). My wife started hollering to get a picture, and I couldn't find my flash. The shot was with incandescent available light. I had to hold a long exposure steady, which I'm not usually good at. The film was really old Kodak Gold 200 ASA."
"mfo1.jpg -- Marjorie hamming it up on 8-2. Taken with C-4,
print film. Exposure probably f 5.6 at 1/100. Cropped after
scanning, no retouching in in Photoshop. That's her C-3 - donated,
renovated and rejuvenated by Jay Waas.
mfo2.jpg -- At the end of the day, my wife showed off the the
night-blooming cactus at Matthaei Botanical Gardens in Ann Arbor.
Same C-4, same film, but with a small electronic flash. Shot at f
16, 1/50 sec. The flower is about 8" across!"
" 'Neon Hot Dogs.' This photograph, taken around 4:30 pm after torrential thunderstorms moved across southern New England is of the neon sign at Coney Island Hot Dogs in Worcester, MA. It was actually still raining out when I took this photograph. The camera was my Argus 21 (Markfinder) and the film was Fuji Super HQ ASA 100 color print film. I absolutely love the great images I've gotten with the 21 despite the fact that the camera doesn't have a rangefinder. I think the 21 feels best in my hands of all my Argus cameras and I like the "markfinder" image that let's you determine fairly accurately exactly what will be in the actual image. Exposure for this photograph was unrecorded, BUT I am happy to state that it was calculated using an Argus LC3 light meter I attached to the 21's accessory shoe for use that day.
'Swan Point Cemetery.' This photo was taken at Swan Point Cemetery in Providence Rhode Island at about 2:30 PM on Argust 2nd. The camera was a pre-Colormatic C3. Exposure on Kodahcrome 64 was f/16 at 1/30 sec with an M2B flash bulb in the Autronic folding flash unit."
Richard T. Reeder:
"Here are the photos from August 2nd. They were taken with an
Argus C3, #977057.
Pix27 is the area up in our Arizona mountains that got burned
last month. It was the biggest fire Arizona has had. 500,000 acres.
Pix34 is a corral of Bison. You know, like buffalo. The afore
mentioned fire almost got them. It's near Heber and Overgaard on Arizona
[From Michael Huck]
J. Ed Baker: (C-3 standard.)
"Argust 2nd found me 650 miles away from home, in the Allegheny
Pennsylvania, visiting with my family in the area where I grew up during the
Argus Classic Period. I began Argust Day with Midnight. The bridge shot was
done about 1:00 AM under the Tarentum High Level Bridge. This is a large
bridge carrying four lanes of traffic across the Allegheny River; at this
point the river is two or three hundred yards wide. Argus Model 21
Markfinder, normal f:3.5/50mm lens, wide open, Kodak Max 400 print film,
Argus hotshoe flash unit with fan fold reflector. This shot demonstrates the
power of a Press 25 class bulb, a single bulb's light reaching across more
than half the width of the river.
Vintage gas stove was found the afternoon of Argust 2nd in the
Historical Museum. This picture also shot with the Argus Model 21 Markfinder,
normal f:3.5/50mm lens, loaded with generic ASA 200 print film, existing
light, hand held at 1/10 second."
"August 2nd found Lansing MI celebrating the 105th year of
Oldsmobile, so I
was able to shoot some vintage cars with my vintage camera (1958 C-44R)"
"The first, file name 'argpic1' is entitled 'The Big House.'
Taken with a
C-3 with 35mm f/4.5 Argus-Sandmar, f/11, 1/100.
The second, file name 'argpic3' is entitled 'Ducks.' (Original, ain't I?)
Taken with the same C-3, 100mm f/4.5 Argus-Sandmar, f/16, 1/200."
"I call the first image is called CAMPING OUT. I took this
photograph in downtown Pittsburgh with my trusty Argus C-3 Camera on ILFORD HP5
Plus 400 film. The shutter speed was 300 and the aperture was f-16.
The second image is entitled PITTSBURGH SKYLINE. Again this photograph was taken with my C-3 Camera on ILFORD HP5 400 film. This exposure was 300 and f-11."
"This photograph was taken in Yorba Linda, California at about
I used a C-3 Color-Matic with the 50mm Cintar lens.
I used Agfapan APX 100 at ASA 64 developed in HC-110 Dil.B for 5 1/2 min.
Printed on Oriental G2 paper developed in Ansco 130 "
"North Head Lighthouse on the Washington Coast. Argoflex 75 loaded with HP-5."
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