Updated review: Argus C3

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This brick of a camera was the first good camera for many people around and after World War II. I made it work, but I didn’t enjoy using it much. Check out my updated review here.

Argus C3


6 responses to “Updated review: Argus C3”

  1. Marc Beebe Avatar

    If you were to describe the Argus C cameras in one word it would probably be “clunky”.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I tried to like mine, I really did. But it just never brought pleasure. The images were lovely, though. There’s something about the color that lens renders.

      1. Marc Beebe Avatar

        Good glass, yes. But a pain to use! Especially when you consider some of the C series contemporaries – like a Signet 35. The ol’ Argus was like something from Mother Russia compared to the sleekness of other designs.

  2. Jon Avatar

    I’ve used these cameras quite a bit. I bought one from you and one from Mike. They do take a little getting used to, I’m still working on it. I am in possession of thousands of shockingly sharp slides that my late Aunt took all over the world over 3 decades with this camera which she carried in her purse. It replaced a Univex Mercury which was even worse.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      It’s easy to forget now that for many people for many decades, this was their camera and they used it frequently. This really was a capable machine.

  3. Dan Cluley Avatar
    Dan Cluley

    I see the C-3 as being the camera equivalent of the Model T or VW Beetle.

    A fairly revolutionary product that between low price and good reputation stayed in production a decade or two past the point were the competition should have made them obsolete.

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