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    A member on another forum scanned these in and thought it was pretty neat.

    Part 1
    Part 2
    Part 3
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    (Note: $1 in 1955 = $7.92 in 2009)

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    Haha that is cool!

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    Hey, D, is that your Argus I spotted in there?

    Edit: I take that back, I think I saw all your Arguses in there, haha!

    It's really interesting to see how 35mm cameras were considered a "miniature" format when 4X5 and MF were standard film sizes - oh, to be able to buy 4X5 ortho film for $2.50 today...

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    even with the conversion... it's still cheap!

    Would be kind of neat to have one of these.

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    Originally posted by BerserkerCatSplat
    Hey, D, is that your Argus I spotted in there?

    Edit: I take that back, I think I saw all your Arguses in there, haha!

    It's really interesting to see how 35mm cameras were considered a "miniature" format when 4X5 and MF were standard film sizes - oh, to be able to buy 4X5 ortho film for $2.50 today...
    Haha yeah, they're in there

    I think 8x10 was also one of the standard sizes too (think contact prints). 35mm didn't really pick up until Leica and Argus came into the picture (no pun intended). Everyone wanted a Leica, but most couldn't afford it. They settled with the Argus C3 and they sold for 30+ years. Because of that, that pretty much made 35mm the standard format.

    Originally posted by TYMSMNY
    even with the conversion... it's still cheap!

    Would be kind of neat to have one of these.
    eBay. Most of them still work too


    I didn't even know Kodak made lenses for the Hasselblad. I read up on it after seeing the ad and apparently those Kodak Ektar Hasselblad lenses are sort of collectors' items now.

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    Originally posted by D'z Nutz


    I think 8x10 was also one of the standard sizes too (think contact prints).
    Yeah, but I suspect the 8X10 views were more targeted as studio cameras rather than the size your average shooter might use, while someone having a Speed Graphic or Graphic View 4X5 wouldn't have been uncommon.

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