Argus C3 Rangefinder

5/29/2013 1 Comments A+ a-

The Argus C3 is a 35mm rangefinder camera that was made between 1939-1966.  It was mass produced by Argus in Ann Arbor, MI, and was one of the first affordable 35mm cameras in the United States.  As a result, the Argus C3 became one of the top selling cameras in the world, and helped popularize the 35mm format.   The Argus C3 is often referred to as the "Brick" due to the size, shape and weight of the camera.  It weighs approximately 24 oz., and measures 5.25''x2.75''x2'' in size.

The body of the Argus C3 features rugged, molded leather grain and metal trim.  The Argus C3 is entirely manual, has a built in rangefinder that is coupled to the lens and features two eyepieces on the back of the camera.  The right eyepiece is used for focusing the image, and the left eyepiece is used for framing the image.  The camera was originally sold with a leather eveready case with an attached shoulder strap.  The availability, simplicity and durability of the Argus C3 allowed for a long production run of the camera.  It also makes the Argus C3 a nostalgic favorite with collectors today.     

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Mark E. Soper
5/29/13, 11:58 AM delete

Look for the Argus C3 in these classic movies: The Philadelphia Story (when you drop it, it opens and ruins the film) and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.