Argus A

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Possibly the most important 35mm American camera, the Argus A was largely responsible for popularizing the 135 format in the United States.

Produced in Ann Arbor, Michigan, from 1936 to 1941 by the company still called International Research Corporation,[1] the original price of $12.50 insured its great popularity. The camera featured a collapsible 50mm F4.5 lens and a bakelite body. The shutter was supplied by Ilex. Three body types were manufactured.

The A is most often found in black, although it was also produced in gray, brown, and olive drab. An ivory white version was announced, but no actual examples have yet been observed.


  • Focus Type: 2 Position (6ft - 12ft and 12ft - Infinity, later 6ft - 18ft and 18ft - Infinity)
  • Years Manufactured: 1936 - 1941
  • Shutter Type: Pre-war Ilex Precise
  • Lens Speed: f/4.5 anastigmat
  • Aperture Settings: f/4.5, 5.6, 8, 11
  • Shutter Speeds: 1/200th sec, 1/100, 1/50, 1/25, B(ulb), T(ime)
  • Flash Synch Tubes: No
  • Pressure Plate: Fixed


  1. Advertising aimed largely at attracting dealer interest appeared in late 1935 (The New Photo Miniature, No. 4, pg. 234).


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