I expected little from my Argus A-Four. My bias was clear: I think real cameras are made of steel. The Bakelite and aluminum A-Four falls short.
No matter that I had shot an A-Four as a teen and got usable images. I thought I had stumbled upon blind, dumb luck as a rank amateur. But when I shot this A-Four, I had developed some photographic skill — and every shot looked great: sharp and contrasty, with great detail and rich blacks.
This even though I set exposure using the imprecise Sunny 16 rule: in bright sun, set f/16 and 1/100 second. This ISO 100 film forgives imperfect light.
If I told you I shot this with my Nikon F2, I’ll bet you’d believe me.
1967 Ford LTD headlight • Argus A-Four • Fujifilm Neopan 100 Acros • May, 2010
Last updated on 3 March 2020 by Jim Grey