The other week I purchased an Argus 75 on line. One of the intriguing things about this listing is that there was a roll of film in the camera. Aside from being able to experience developing decades old film it meant I would have two 620 reels and not have to find them on Ebay, etc. In case you’re not familiar with 620 it was an old Kodak format that was essentially 120 film on a different reel. This means with the reels one can simply re-spool a 120 roll and they’re good to go. (B+H sells 620 but it’s really 120 re-spooled and they charge a bit for the privilege…but it is a way of getting reels for $7-8 a piece.)
Naturally after the camera arrived I had to develop the film, which seemed quite old. After research and consulting APUG I went with D-76, 11 min dev, 8min fix and got 5 good images out of the roll…these are the images I included in the post.
The pictures appear to be from a family trip to Fantasyland in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. This park was open from 1959-1980. Apparently it was closed because locals were not keen on an attraction that was unrelated to the Gettysburg battlefield. Thus these images are over 30 years old…probably older..my guess is they’re from the mid 1960’s – early 1970’s period.
It was very exciting to be able to pull images out of this very old film. Now, I’m sure I have someone’s memories and would like to re-unite them with that person(s.) If you are one of the people in the
pictures I’d love to hear from you. I will say I was surprised at the quality of images that came from the Argus 75 that is essentially a toy camera.
I will write more about the Argus 75 once I’ve had a chance to shoot and process a roll myself.