Argus C3

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The Argus C3 rangefinder camera was introduced by Argus in 1939. It was a minor revision of the Argus C2, adding flash sync sockets to the side of the camera. However this model became Argus's runaway success story, staying in production through 1966 with only minor changes. Fondly known as "the Brick," the camera brought 35mm rangefinder photography down to a price affordable by amateurs who could not dream of owning a Leica or Contax.

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The C3 is made of bakelite and metal framings and is of simple design. It has a diaphragm shutter built into the body of the camera so that it could utilize interchangeable lenses without the need for a regular, and more complex, focal plane shutter.





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