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These days I mostly limit myself to auctions from the nearest regional site, that way if I win something I can drive by and pick it up, saving the sometimes slightly onerous handling and shipping fees.
I noticed when cruising their site yesterday that there isn't anything close enough to me for lower or no shipping. There actually are a couple, one I could drive to and a few where shipping wouldn't be too restrictive.

I stopped by the local GW yesterday, someone there is very proud of their gear. They had one of the third generation silver Maxxum lenses there for $40, it's worth maybe $20 if it works. They had a few other camera related items too, all overpriced.

I also went to an independent thrift shop. They had a Maxxum 300-something, one of the later cheap models. It had a 35-70 first generation lens which I would like to have if I knew it worked. A bag, a weird handle and a 28mm lens which was possibly a Canon mount with broken aperture for $15. The only thing I may have been interested in was the 35-70, and while it was in decent shape cosmetically, I passed. I may take one of my Sony bodies in and test the lens.
 
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I noticed when cruising their site yesterday that there isn't anything close enough to me for lower or no shipping. There actually are a couple, one I could drive to and a few where shipping wouldn't be too restrictive.

I stopped by the local GW yesterday, someone there is very proud of their gear. They had one of the third generation silver Maxxum lenses there for $40, it's worth maybe $20 if it works. They had a few other camera related items too, all overpriced.

I also went to an independent thrift shop. They had a Maxxum 300-something, one of the later cheap models. It had a 35-70 first generation lens which I would like to have if I knew it worked. A bag, a weird handle and a 28mm lens which was possibly a Canon mount with broken aperture for $15. The only thing I may have been interested in was the 35-70, and while it was in decent shape cosmetically, I passed. I may take one of my Sony bodies in and test the lens.
Pricing is left to individual locations and regional centers, and sometimes seems arbitrary. I don't mind $10 so much for shipping/handling but balk when it is sometimes twice or three times that.

I have found good deals at Goodwill retail outlets, once picked up a mint Canonet QL17 GIII for $10, but these are just the items that slipped through -- it's rare to see much of the way in desirable cameras in-store these days.
 

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Argus A-Four w/case on the 'bay. $7.50 plus tax and ship. Seller's photo, not mine.

With the addition of this I am missing only the FA and A3 to fill in my Argus A models.

I'm not counting the CC, which is really an A, not a C. CC means "color camera", and it's a member of the A family, not the C family like the C3 and C33.

Confused yet? How about the Argoflex Seventy Five, the Argus Seventy Five, and the Argus 75? All the same camera.

Not very creative with the names, were they?

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This a-four is in really stellar condition. Aesthetically both the camera and the case look new. Even the strap doesn't look like it was used much. When it first arrived the shutter was very slow, the speed adjustment was stiff, as was the focus and aperture. Figuring it was grease I sat down this morning and got into it.

Fist thing was to remove all the glass. Taking the knurled ring and the distance scale off revealed the grease, and lots of it. There was so much I couldn't tell how many turns it took to get the focusing lens off, so it'd be trial and error putting it back together.

Here's a small sample that came of the threads of the focusing threads

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All the glass out, focusing, secondary, and rear. You can see some grease on the ring, this is before anything was cleaned. Getting the glass clean was a pain with all the grease. I ended up dunking the lenses in isopropyl alcohol to get it gone.

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I don't like going into these any more than needed, and while I'm getting decent at removing the lenses, mirrors, rangefinders etc., I am not so with shutter and aperture assemblies. So instead of taking everything apart, I tried flushing the aperture and shutter blades with Ronsinol cigarette lighter fluid. It flushes out the grease and leaves just enough oiliness behind to keep things lubricated. I stuck the nozzle in every slot and flushed, then directly on the blades front and back. Within seconds everything freed up and started working correctly. I used canned air to blow out any chunks of grease from inside, then flushed again and let it dry thoroughly while I cleaned the lenses.

Here's are the aperture and shutter blades after cleaning. They look as new.

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A tiny drop (not even a drop, just touched a toothpick to the threads) of machine oil on the focusing lens threads 180 degrees from each other made it run smooth. When I put it back together I had to sort out the focusing. It took a couple of tries because as I stated earlier, I had no idea how many turns it needed to get back to where it was and I wasn't at all sure how to accomplish it. Once I figured out the sequence it was pretty easy. It really does look great all cleaned up for a camera manufactured in April of 1954. Can't wait to run a roll of film through it!

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Today's find at a sort of hipster antique or maybe a consignment/thrift store? Consider it a hybrid combining the things I like about both (interesting but affordable vintage/unusual items) and adding really good music.

A mid 60s, early 70s subminiature kit: the Minolta-16 MG. Used 16mm film in reloadable cartridges, a good thing since the film ceased production in 1994; as a result cassettes purportedly go for more than the camera. The camera features a 20mm f2.8 lens with a sliding portrait lens and cover with selenium match-needle exposure setting. Kit included a camera case, metal wrist strap, UV and yellow filters, a bulb-using flash gun, bulbs, and key for the kit case. Sold for $79.50 in 1971, its fifth and final year in production. $20 seemed reasonable to me for a complete kit and working camera, so I had to take it home.

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Here's a film cartridge for it I picked up a few years ago at a thrift store for a buck, thinking I would re-spool it someday (I also have a Minolta-16 Model I).

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Here's a film cartridge for it I picked up a few years ago at a thrift store for a buck, thinking I would re-spool it someday (I also have a Minolta-16 Model I).

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Have you seen this? It splits 120 into 127 and 16mm. One roll of inexpensive film makes two rolls of expensive film. I am seriously considering one. It even spools the 127 for you. The 16 is a bit more difficult, but there are tutorials.

https://www.camerhack.it/product/fck127-mk-3/
 

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Have you seen this? It splits 120 into 127 and 16mm. One roll of inexpensive film makes two rolls of expensive film. I am seriously considering one. It even spools the 127 for you. The 16 is a bit more difficult, but there are tutorials.

https://www.camerhack.it/product/fck127-mk-3/
I have his FAK616 adaptor kit, works great. Was thinking of asking him to make Minolta-16 cartridges but then I found this: https://filmphotographystore.com/collections/minolta-16-subminiature-film/minolta-16
 

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The high cost of film, especially the exotic type and sizes, is what keeps me liking my digital more each time I look to see the prices. I have a bunch of frozen 135 Fujicolor film but I have one roll in a Nikon FE and it has been in there for about 2 months without one shutter release. I still have stock on c-41 dry powder developing kits and a couple of E-6 kits but I doubt I will use them----but one never knows so I will keep them. I have a Minolta 16 which I barely used in the past, I used a Minox in the service and for a time had a Minolta 110 SLR but I tired of the novelty when it came to getting them developed and especially when scanning them.
 

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The high cost of film, especially the exotic type and sizes, is what keeps me liking my digital more each time I look to see the prices. I have a bunch of frozen 135 Fujicolor film but I have one roll in a Nikon FE and it has been in there for about 2 months without one shutter release. I still have stock on c-41 dry powder developing kits and a couple of E-6 kits but I doubt I will use them----but one never knows so I will keep them. I have a Minolta 16 which I barely used in the past, I used a Minox in the service and for a time had a Minolta 110 SLR but I tired of the novelty when it came to getting them developed and especially when scanning them.
Yup, won't be offing my digital kit any time soon, but these are a pleasant diversion. I'd really like to play with Super-8 and 16mm movie film but the scanning costs are way too high for casual "playing around" with.
 

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Ambled over to a yard sale across the street and found this Canonet 28. It was filthy but all of the mechanics work, unsure about the meter/shutter speed. It's probably worth $10 as it is, but all sales were donations for Relay for Life so I gave them $20. Came with a hippie strap and a case which is labeled proudly "Mr. Ralph, British Hong Kong", not sure of the significance. I wiped it down and stuck it in my display case.
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