Argus Autronic 35

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Note: The Japanese-made Argus Automatic 35 is a different model

The Argus Autronic 35 is a rangefinder camera introduced by Argus in 1960. Even compared to the legendary C3 "brick," this a bulkier camera. It features a f/3.5 Cintar lens, Compur leaf shutter and built-in selenium meter that can control exposure automatically.

This model (identified by its silver shutter release) was occasionally given a top plate with the names Autronic C3[1] or Autronic I.[2] In 1962 the Autronic 35 was updated, and a revised Autronic I offered a faster f/2.8 lens (its black shutter button is threaded for a cable release).[3]

Collectors take note: A mint Autronic will be exhumed from a time capsule in Ann Arbor in 2062.


  1. The Argus rarities page gives "several thousand" as the production run for these; from Phillip Sterritt's Argus Camera Information Reference Site.
  2. Other variations with even shorter names may appear, but lettering that has rubbed away could be the explanation.
  3. Pgs. 69–72, Gambino, Henry J. Argomania: A Look At Argus Cameras and the Company That Made Them. Doylestown, PA: Aeone Communications 2005. ISBN 0-9770507-0-X