Our "C3" brand inspiration: Argus/Mamiya C3
Ever wondered why our group is called C3? If you’re a photographer with a deep, deep classic camera influence you’ll probably have guessed it out correctly. Here’s why:
Vintage Camera: Argus C3
This classic Argus C3, a rangefinder camera produced from 1939-1966 in Michigan, USA was allegedly the camera the popularized the best selling 35mm camera format that we once used last time. Remember the ‘insert a film into the camera’ times? That’s probably it.
For nearly 3 decades (30 years), the 35mm populated by this Argus C3 brought out a lot of speculations, brands, films and advancements on cameras during those days. Just take a look at the lens. Isn’t it amazing to find a camera this sophisticated backdated all the way to 1939? That was probably during our father’s age, where the world is still at war (World War 2).
The very foundation of the brand “C3″ is founded through our love for classic, vintage cameras of such. Of course, the Argus C3 isn’t just the only camera we look at: There’s another, which is called the Mamiya C3.
Mamiya C330, another camera classic
This twin-lens reflex classic camera is said to be introduced in the 1970s, by Mamiya Digital Imaging Co., Ltd. (マミヤ・デジタル・イメージングー株式会社, Mamiya Dejitaru Imejingu Kabushiki-gaisha). You can see the twin-lens connected to the camera’s body: One is apparently for looking and another is for snapshots.
It’s easier to locate and bid on eBay for a Mamiya because this camera was produced much later – And this C-series camera carries one of the highest demands for professional photographers in Japan during the 70s’.
Love vintage cameras? Let us into your experiences with classic cameras!