First Outing with ‘The Brick’ (early post-WWII Argus C3)

First test roll of my father-in-law's ca. 1946-47 Argus C3 Brick. It needs a major cleaning; lots of dust and the range-finder dials need a drop or two of oil. Seems to be in acceptable working order, though. Happily, any 'bad' pictures were due to my playing with the aperture settings in low-light conditions on 100 iso film. The sprocket light-leaks on some shots are probably due to a film-loading issue (I didn't hold down the film release at first, so some sprockets ripped as I started to advance the film); they went away after half the roll. The counter mechanism will take some getting used to. The range-finder is surprisingly not too out of alignment, but I'll adjust it anyhow when we take it apart to clean. Overall, this is a fantastic camera, and I can't wait to become better acquainted. Odd note: More strangers commented on this camera as we were walking around with it than any other I've used! Home-processed black and white roll #12 (developer: Rodinal).

5 Comments

  1. clickiemcpete
    clickiemcpete ·

    Nice album!

  2. bridgetj
    bridgetj ·

    @clickiemcpete: Thank you!

  3. kimo
    kimo ·

    Great album! I am about to develop my first roll from an old C3 as well... can't wait!

  4. kimo
    kimo ·

    Great album! I am about to develop my first roll from an old C3 as well... can't wait!

  5. bridgetj
    bridgetj ·

    @kimo Thank you! It's a great camera, I loved it almost immediately. Just as soon as I figured out how to load the film, lol. I'll keep an eye out for your roll!