So, picked up three rolls of C41 yesterday (insert angry Film Photography Podcast soundbite here). Not one exposure. Problem? Yes, a sticky shutter. Solution? Take this piece of junk (this is a G-rated blog- I said much worse out loud) apart. Very easy to do, this thing is loaded with what a former television salesman told me was “prairie space”, an expression that he lovingly used to describe a television chassis that had little in the way of parts, or guts.
OK, what to do once this beast is open? Well, of course, soak the shutter with Ronsonol….
I have no idea how this works, but read about it online. Soak the shutter with lighter fluid, and then work it at all speeds. The slower speeds really were sticking bad. Now, the blades are free at all speeds.
In reading about the Argus legend, I discovered that one of the characters in The Philadelphia Story, Gweneth Paltrow’s character in Sky Captain, and most recently, Colin Creevey in the 2nd Harry Potter film, are all Argus shooters. I have not seen any of those films, but may now have to do so. Creevey shoots with the C3 Matchmatic, which is now somewhat of a collector’s item as a result. The lightmeter, and olive-tan look of the Matchmatic was so cool to me that I bid online, and won, a Matchmatic, now in route. Ronsonol ready to go.
Many could think of some of the Polaroid models as “junk”, or worse. No question that the Argus is. But, hard not to fall in love with these incredibly cool looking, fun to use, pieces of $#@!.
Happy Argus Shooting!