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ARGUS E 120, 620, 828 Film

Date: Fri, 29 Aug 1997 11:45:48 -0700
                                    From: Ken Lomax
                                    Subject: Argus E TLR as film re-spooler
                                    My grandfather gave me his 1939 model C2 in 1967 and I've had
                                    a soft spot for Argus ever since.
                                    Some folks may already know this... but the Model E TLR is one of
                                    the few cameras that takes both 120 & 620 rollfilm. This makes it a
                                    snap to re-spool 120 on to 620. Just load the camera with 120 and
                                    wind off the roll, take it out and tape  the loose tail end of the film
                                    to the backing paper, (if you don't do this the film will snag on the
                                    rollers going back --  I do this in the darkroom, but you could
                                    obviously use a changing bag , or you might be able to do it in
                                    subdued light and sacrifice a frame.)  All you have to do then is put
                                    in a 620 take up spool in and wind it through again. Result: a nice
                                    tight roll of 620 film for your old shooters. 
                                    The early Univex TLR's and the Foldex will also do this trick.
                                    There may be others too, but I think they must be rare. 
                                    Hope this is useful.
                                    Good luck    

I believe there was a kit that would even allow this camera to use 828 film
                                    in addition to 120 and 620. Great camera despite McKeown's jab in the
                                    latest guide. One of my favorites.
                                    Robert V. Merz

Date: Sat, 30 Aug 1997 17:27:45 -0700
                                    From: "The Kelly's"
                                    I have one of the Argus E with the 828 modification kits installed.  It
                                    seems a little crude.  The parts seem to slip around.  Must have been a
                                    joy to use.  
                                    Bob Kelly