Argus C (aka – the Brick) Camera 1939

A buddy of mine from Toronto sent me a few old film cameras and they arrived yesterday.
This one is an early Argus C model 35mm camera and is from 1939! I figured it hadn’t made a picture in some time so I cleaned it up and ran a roll of expired Kodak Tmax film through it today to test it out and to see if it works. All the shutter speeds are on the money and no light leaks, amazing for such an old beast.
The older C series Argus had a two part focus system using range finder coupling. From Wikipedia, rangefinders show two images of the same subject, one of which moves when a calibrated wheel is turned; when the two images coincide and fuse into one, the distance can be read off the wheel. Older, non-coupled rangefinder cameras like this one display the focusing distance and require the photographer to transfer the value to the lens focus ring.. Cool or what?
It not only looks like a brick, its built like one!  Good fun from way back.

This Argus C 1939 Vintage Film Camera was photographed using the Sony A7R and 50mm Leica Summicron Lens using a $12 adapter..

This Argus C 1939 Vintage Film Camera was photographed using the Sony A7R and 50mm Leica Summicron Lens using a $12 adapter..

Argus C Test Shot with expired Kodak Tmax film

Argus C Test Shot with expired Kodak Tmax film – Garden

Argus C Test Shot with expired Kodak Tmax film

Argus C Test Shot with expired Kodak Tmax film – Pooch

Argus C 1939 Vintage Film Camera

Argus C 1939 Vintage Film Camera

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