Thursday, May 23, 2013

Legends: Argus C3 Camera

The Argus C3 is a 35mm camera first manufactured in 1939 with production lasting into the 1960's. Because of its boxy shape and durability it was often referred to affectionately as "the Brick".  It had a manually focusing 50mm f/3.5 Cintar lens, a top shutter speed of 1/300 second, and a coupled rangefinder. It has a cool, art deco, retro design, and came in different colors.  Working models can be found inexpensively on eBay.

This is my personal model. It is in pristine shape and still works perfectly. I keep it at my studio where we haul it out occasionally to  use as a prop that gives our photos a retro look.

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