Argus 35mm Camera : Camera Shop Nz
Argus 35mm Camera
- equipment for taking photographs (usually consisting of a lightproof box with a lens at one end and light-sensitive film at the other)
- television camera: television equipment consisting of a lens system that focuses an image on a photosensitive mosaic that is scanned by an electron beam
- A camera is a device that records/stores images. These images may be still photographs or moving images such as videos or movies. The term camera comes from the camera obscura (Latin for "dark chamber"), an early mechanism for projecting images. The modern camera evolved from the camera obscura.
- A chamber or round building
- An alert, watchful guardian
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- A long-tailed pheasant with generally brown plumage, found in Southeast Asia and Indonesia
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- The standard film gauge for films intended to be shown in cinemas. Depending on the film stock being used, 35mm film is capable of producing an image of sufficient detail to fill even a large cinema screen.
- 35 mm film is the basic film gauge most commonly used for chemical still photography (see 135 film) and motion pictures, and remains relatively unchanged since its introduction in 1892 by William Dickson and Thomas Edison, using film stock supplied by George Eastman.
- A small format film, with an image size of 24 x 36mm available in 12, 24 or 36 exposures. It is the most commonly used film size, but does not offer the quality of medium or large format, because this small negative must be enlarged quite a bit in the darkroom loosing it's clarity and sharpness.
Argus C3 Brick Film Camera
Argus 35mm film rangefinder camera. Known as 'Brick' The Argus C3 was a low-priced rangefinder camera mass-produced from 1939 to 1966 by Argus in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. The camera was the best-selling 35mm camera in the world for nearly three decades, and helped popularize the 35mm format. Due to its shape, size, and weight, it is commonly referred to as "The Brick" by photographers (in Japan its nickname translates as "The Lunchbox"). The most famous 20th century photographer who used it was Tony Vaccaro, who employed this model during World War II (see under Famous Patrons in this article). The C3 was constructed primarily of Bakelite plastic and metal castings. The design featured an unusual and simplistic diaphragm shutter built into the camera body, so the camera could make use of interchangeable lenses without the need for a complex focal plane shutter. The rangefinder utilized a separate viewfinder from that of the regular viewfinder and was coupled to the lens through a series of gears located on the outside of the camera body. The profusion of knobs, gears, buttons, levers, and dials on the camera lent it a "scientific" look that was found in customer surveys to be one of the things buyers most liked about the camera.
Argus 21 Markfinder - 1947
The Argus 21 was made from about 1947 to 1952. It clearly shares the same body stampings and general shape as the C-4 and C-44 35mm rangefinder film cameras that came later. The empty area (left of the viewfinder in the photo) would be eventually filled with a rangefinder on the upcoming models. That empty space ruins what would otherwise be a rather attractive camera (IMHO).
This camera’s claim to fame is a projected frame mask with center cross visible in the viewfinder. Argus engineers couldn’t figure out how to get this feature incorporated into successive models, but competitors in Europe and Japan fared far better.
This was the first Argus camera to provide for automatic shutter cocking as you wind the film, unlike “the brick” C3, and earlier A series cameras. A big feature back in the day. The other thing of note for me is the accessory "hotshoe" on top of the camera for attaching and synchronizing a bulb flash unit. That would have been quite an innovation for the post-war years.
Supposedly, the Markfinder had interchangeable lens capability, though I don’t have the courage to try it out. The 50mm f/3.5 Cintar “coated lens” did not share the thread diameter of later Argus rangefinders, and I have no knowledge that Argus ever made any additional lenses for this camera.
This camera constitutes the fourteenth Argus camera I’ve fallen for. In one year, I’ve gone from having no Argus cameras to owning over a dozen. This one came from an online bid (with shipping) for less than $25USD. To me a bargain.
I’m captivated by the very things that most collectors hate about Argus: mediocre build quality, retro styling (even when new), and quirky operation. In a cookie-cutter world of consumer products, Argus represents for me a brief spell of pure American cowboy engineering and total profit-driven capitalistic spirit. (sigh)
Argus C20 35mm Rangefinder Camera - 1957
A definite design departure from the boxy C3 line of Argus cameras.
44mm f/3.5 lens on-board, German shutter with speeds up to 1/200th. A separate, very small window to the left of the main viewfinder is used for rangefinder focusing. The rangefinder window shows a split image type of view, where you see directly through the camera with a small yellow-tinted horizontal band running left to right for the rangefinder image. The direct view composing window is also small, requiring you to place your eye very close to the camera, probably hard to have done with the leather field case attached.
By the late 1950's, this American-made camera would have been terribly outdated in form and function compared to European and Asian manufacturer's brand offerings. The C20 appears more well-suited to the early 1950's than the approaching 1960's.
That said, I like the look quite a bit. This is what Argus should have been doing much earlier. Easy for me to say, eh? The sandy tan color totally fits the Eisenhower era. It has a strong style, perhaps not great style, but style none-the-less.
argus 35mm camera
The camera was the best-selling 35mm camera in the world for nearly three decades, and helped popularize the 35mm format. Due to its shape, size, and weight, it is commonly referred to as "The Brick" by photographers (in Japan its nickname translates as "The Lunchbox"). The most famous 20th century photographer who used it was Tony Vaccaro, who employed this model during World War II.he C3 was constructed primarily of Bakelite plastic and metal castings. The design featured an unusual but simple diaphragm shutter built into the camera body, so the camera could make use of interchangeable lenses without the need for a complex focal plane shutter. The rangefinder was separate from the viewfinder and was coupled to the lens through a series of gears located on the outside of the camera body. The profusion of knobs, gears, buttons, levers, and dials on the camera lent it a "scientific" look that was found in customer surveys to be one of the things buyers most liked about the camera. The C3 was principally designed by Dr. Gustave Fassin.
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