Sunday, 28 February 2010

notes on using the Argus C3

One problem with a project of this nature is that getting used to each cameras idiosyncrasies has to take place during the week of use. For many of these cameras, this will be the first time that I have used them.
A couple of things to remember about the C3, to wind on, you first depress the sprocket release button, then wind a quarter of a turn before releasing the button and continuing to wind until resistance is felt. Further winding once this resistance is felt is likely to tear the film. Secondly, the lever to cock the shutter shoots back up when the shutter release is pressed, and if your finger is in the way (which it will tend to be!), this impedes the release and seems to extend the exposure resulting in camera shake. Even though I was aware of this, I managed to forget on at least 3 frames.

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