single frame: Boone Co. Jail


Boone Co. Jail
Argus Argoflex Forty
Kodak Verichrome Pan (expired 6/1980)

Coming soon: a review of the circa-1950 Argus Argoflex Forty. It’s basically a box camera in twin-lens reflex guise, but it has a good, coated Anastigmat lens that’s sharp from corner to corner.

I had a great time with it and a roll of expired Verichrome Pan. I heard that this 620 camera can take 120 film if you snip the edges off the film spool and use a 620 takeup spool. I did that to a roll of Ektar, which is at the processor’s now. As soon as I get scans back I’ll finish writing my review of this camera and share it with you.

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8 responses to “single frame: Boone Co. Jail”

  1. J P Avatar

    Halfway through the first sentence I thought you were telling us about an upcoming review of the Boone County Jail. But then I guess jail reviews are a little outside of the blog’s coverage area. 😀

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I could give you a review of the restaurant that’s inside this building now. You can have your dinner in one of the old jail cells.

  2. Photography Journal Blog Avatar

    I like the way this turned out.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thanks! Me too.

  3. Mike Connealy Avatar

    I’m looking forward to seeing more of your exploration of the potential of the extraordinary Argoflex 40. Mine originally had light leak that was very hard to track down, but I stuck with it because of the camera’s brilliant finder and the always surprising quality of the images.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      It’s a keeper camera. Light and small, it’s easy to carry. Its lens is good. Its usage is simple enough if you’re in the mood to guess exposure and distance. And it takes 120 film in the supply side, if you cut off the edges of the spool ends. All of that moves the Argoflex Forty into the top tier of my pre-1960 cameras. I’m sure I’ll use it again and again. Thank you for introducing it to me via your blog.

  4. analogphotobug Avatar

    Looking forward to the camera review…….

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      The Ektar just came back so I’m queueing it up for next week! Sneak preview in my flickr space.

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