Recommended reading

💻 brandib tells a sickening story of a fight in 1950s Ohio to keep schools segregated. Read Hillsboro Marching Mothers

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Polaroid SX-70, Polaroid Color SX-70 Film, 2020

💻 Paul Niedermeyer found a classic Mercedes-Benz parked on the street recently, a car he lusted mightily over when it was new. It reminded him of a heady time in his life where he both benefited from, and learned some of the seamy underside of, big business. Read Auto-Biography/Curbside Classic: 1989 Mercedes 560SEC – My Former Lust Object

💻 My hometown of South Bend, Indiana, has an unusually gorgeous water pumping station just north of its downtown on the main street. It’s in Leeper Park, right by the St. Joseph River. Samuel Piccolo writes a piece of fiction about the pumping station — about the fishes and sharks that used to swim in it. Read The Aquarium

📷 Do you want to make more interesting photographs? If so, Kenneth Wajda encourages you to downgrade your camera! Read Getting a Better Camera Won’t Change a Thing (Maybe Get a Worse Camera!)

📷 Mike Eckman reviews the 1962 Argus SLR, the first camera Argus sold that they didn’t build themselves. Read Argus SLR

📷 Theo Panagopoulos reviews the Nikon F100, which he describes as almost as good as the contemporary Nikon F5. Read Nikon F100 – The smaller professional

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10 thoughts on “Recommended reading

  1. Andy Umbo says:

    I have never even seen an “Argus” SLR, and that includes the used shelves, even “back in the day”. I got involved in photography in my very early teens, and I’ll bet, according to the page, this was already not being made by the time I really started hunting the used shelves at camera stores when I was 14 in 1968! What a weird thing. Interesting that this camera is a variation on the Nikkorex; a camera all of us were warned repeatedly to stay away from, from the moment we learned anything about Nikon at all!

    Lot’s of Argus “brick” proponents, but I always thought they were bulky and crude, especially the film gate; it always looked like you’d have a struggle keeping the film from getting scratched. I’ve seen a lot of decent pics out of some of the models tho. You would have thought they would have spent their time modernizing and stream-lining their “brick”, instead of burning cash trying to design their own SLR in Germany, or doing this deal!

      • Andy Umbo says:

        One look at the Argus C-4 and C-44, and a person can see with a few tweaks and some slight engineering changes, they could have ended up with the “American Leica”, at a period of time that photo-journalists were changing over from Graphics to 35mm. The Kodak Ektra was too much, too expensive, and too early! The C-44 series with some mods might have been in the right place, and the right time! Would have taken some savvy marketing and possibly giving some units away to known 35mm “pros”….

        • Andy Umbo says:

          Mike Eckman says “No”, but I’d think at least the physical handling would have been much better than the C-3, which is what I always hated…

  2. I once did a photography workshop that involved a walking tour. Our cameras were all those little $5 disposable cameras. Remember those? It was shocking how nice the results were!

    And thanks for sharing my story! I still can’t get over my shock that a school district in Ohio labored so hard to remain segregated.

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