MatchMatic

Argus C3 MatchMatic, C3 Standard, And “The Argus 35mm Guide”, by Dr. Kenneth Tydings, S.P.E.

Argus C3 MatchMatic, C3 Standard, And “The Argus 35mm Guide”, By Dr. Kenneth Tydings, S.P.E.

These are some of the 1st shots taken with the Argus C3 MatchMatic, AKA The Harry Potter Camera. The MatchMatic system was an Argus attempt to simplify exposure. It really didn’t work. Typical Argus fashion, it made exposure more complicated. The best way to calculate exposure is in the manual, and that is to translate MatchMatic settings to “real” apertures and shutter speeds, and measure exposure externally. The translations are as follows:

Aperture:

3 1/2 f/3.5
4 f/4
5 f/5.6
6 f/8
7 f/11
8 f/16

Shutter:

4 1/10
5 1/30
6 1/60
7 1/125
8 1/300
Institute Park, Worcester, MA, Midday, Fujicolor 200

Institute Park, Worcester, MA, Midday, Fujicolor 200

What were the folks in Ann Arbor thinking? The MatchMatic is a very cool looking camera, but the C3 Standard uses the much more traditional, and straightforward f/stops and shutter speeds known to modern-day photographers, even some digital ones. Still, got some pretty decent shots. These were taken near Worcester Polytechnical Institute, in Massachusetts, at Institute Park, during midday.

Cat Nine Tails, Institute Park, Worcester, MA 5/10/11

Cat Nine Tails, Institute Park, Worcester, MA 5/10/11

The Cintar f/3.5 50mm glass is nothing short of spectacular. Sharp, contrasty, and fantastic color rendition. They can also double as enlarging lenses. Someday, if I ever make it past the darkroom developing stage, might be fun to use as enlarging optics.

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