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The Argus C3 Matchmatic and a new beginning

If you can’t accept my flaws, you don’t deserve my magic. — Bob Ross

Every vintage camera is going to have flaws, some many, but with some appreciation and ingenuity you can get a lot of magic despite those flaws.

For my first post I am sharing with you my first video on my YouTube channel that is just a step by step on a quick cleaning of an Argus C3 Matchmatic. On this particular camera the main cosmetic flaw was a very hazy view in the rangefinder.

A quick cleaning of an Argus C3 Matchmatic

A Cleaning of an Argus C3 Matchmatic
Argus C3 – Aly’s Vintage Camera Alley Youtube Channel

A Little Awareness

In the video you may be able to notice my hands shake and I do mention the arthritis in them. Ten years ago I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. A disease that causes inflammation of the entire digestive system from the mouth down. For some it can be mild and can be controlled by diet and stress reduction while for others like me it can be severe with many complications. In response to the inflammation the body gets a host of other issues and diseases along with the chemo-like medications that cause even more problems.

I was recently in the hospital for two weeks straight with a very bad flare up and high doses of steroids to stabilize me. When I finally went home I quickly found I couldn’t walk and was having horrible pain in my legs. After tests the doctor concluded it was caused by the steroids, which also has caused my face to swell up like a moon (it’s called moon Face) and has continuously woken me up every morning at 3 and 4am.

Now you may be asking what does this have to do with an Argus C3?

So I woke up and watched the sun rise with the birds, and I decided to get my cameras out and start drowning myself so to speak in vintage cameras (and sometimes my Digital Canon t6i) and the photos I could take with them.


Sunrise in the Clouds

I began to feel frustrated because my hands cramped when I tried to hold the cameras. My legs tightened and hurt so bad after I stood for more than five minutes while trying to get a shot. I kept finding myself back in my bed just holding my cameras and looking at them.

I decided I wasn’t going to let that stop me.

I needed this.

So I started practicing with my cameras from my bed. Just silly pictures around my room. Then I made it a point every morning after breakfast to get up and take pictures around the house for as long as I could stand.

Taken with 35mm Canon TX

Then I made it out into the front and backyard.

Taken with digital Canon t6i

It invigorated me and kept me going. I joined camera and photography pages on Facebook and was inspired to buy an Argus C3 “the brick” as it’s called. It was a bit of a nightmare. It hurt my hands and was difficult for me to get the hang of because it’s completely manual, and a rangefinder, which I had never practiced with before. But I liked the challenge. It turned out to have a lot of “flaws” which I’ll address in another post.

Then I received as a gift the Argus C3 Matchmatic. This one had flaws as well but I decided to take them on myself and that’s when I came up with the video and this blog in hopes I could help others the way I’ve been helped by all the YouTube videos and blogs about cameras these past months.

I decided to make my first video about something simple like cleaning the rangefinder glass. I hope it helps someone and I hope anyone reading this that has a limitation or illness that often keeps them from what they love, I hope you’ll be inspired to keep doing it as best you can.

Please tell me in the comments below any limitations you overcome everyday to do what you love, and please visit my Facebook page and subscribe to my YouTube channel. I would love to hear from you and what videos you’d like to see in the future.