Actually, I hit the mother load; the very kind Lady ended up giving me a dozen cameras originally purchased new by her late husband, mostly in good to excellent condition, and all working and complete! So now I have enough material to keep new reviews coming for the next several months and beyond!! The Argus C3 and variants have been around for a long time, at least since the late s, and literally millions were made. Thankfully, it seems by going here a sizable portion of those cameras are still readily available in working condition; apparently as a result of the simple and robust build quality and easy repair procedures.
5 Frames with a Nikon EL2 & Ilford PanF in Old Town Kenai, Alaska - By Dan Smouse - 35mmc
The Argus C1 was an uncoupled rangefinder camera introduced in , and almost immediately afterwards, the C2 with a coupled rangefinder. This was followed a year later by the C3 which introduced synchronised flash terminals. According to the Argus Collectors Group, only about 60 of these were ever shipped before the start of WWII , so this one is a bit of a rarity. The camera comes with a f The lens couples to the rangefinder via a gearwheel and allows adjustment either via turning the lens or the thumbwheel. The Minca lens does exhibit some vignetting as can be seen in the colour images below but this seems to have vanished in the pictures from my post-war C3. The lenses are also interchangable, however this does involve undoing a small screw on the lens before the lens can be removed for changing.
Imagine if you will for a moment the stereotypical family vacation slide show that is now part of Americana. I got one for its historical significance and its unique appearance, not to mention the price. Then I got a second — I decided this would be a perfect camera to practice repairs on and got another for parts or spare.
Film type: 35mm film Lens : Argus Coated Cintar 50mm The Argus C3 rangefinder camera was introduced by Argus in It was a minor revision of the Argus C2 , adding flash sync sockets to the side of the camera.