Argus STL 1000
After Argus Camera found it impossible to compete in the market with its US-built cameras, the company decided to offer SLRs made for them by Japanese manufacturers; but confusingly, changed plans several times. Argus STL 1000 was the branding briefly used on two models, which bracket the more successful Argus/Cosina STL 1000.
The first was evidently a rebadging of the Cosina Hi-Lite; but the Cosina branding only appears on the lenses and not the body. This version is easily identified by the location of the shutter speed dial on the front face of the camera.
The second was a Petri FTX (aka Petri TTL), a camera introduced in 1974. This model is identified by its angled shutter-release button on the front of the camera, and front-facing battery compartment.
All versions named STL 1000 use 42mm screwmount lenses; but otherwise are very distinct-looking.
- The Hi-Lite appeared circa 1968, and versions of this were rebadged by a number of companies.