This handsome item would be a prize winner in any camera beauty contest. Waist level finder. Eye level viewfinder. Hot shoe. Chrome shutter release. Comfortable hand grip. Matching electronic flash with zoom head, bounce and swivel. Coiled cord extends all the way out to 12 inches. Flash will reach as far as 9 feet with ISO 100. Will not synchronize with the shutter but it looks mighty good. 50mm f6.3 to f16 plastic focus free genuine OPTICAL lens. Quite reliably fuzzy even when stopped all the way down. Curved film plane and pressure plate for best results. Runs on two AA cells. Off/on switch tends to slide into rewind when camera is turned on.
Comes complete with handsome carrying case and sturdy shoulder strap and authentic plastic lens cap
A few years ago some folks were selling "Cannon" slr photo outfits on Eaby--brand new for almost nothing. And that's what they were worth. They were made in China outfits like the Argus--all plastic with the name CANNON on the front. Some of the local junk store had they NIB, too. I actually saw someone bid about $60 for one once on line!.
I am pleased to say that I paid under $200.00 for the Argus BBC-1000. $9.98 plus shipping. No insurance. No GST. No PST. No customs duty.
The box plainly states "ARGUS Pro Style Camera".
The camera, the flash, the case and the box will be displayed prominently on my "Weirdo" shelf along with the Nimslo, the Photo-See, the Nishika, the Fotochrome, the Kalimar 3D, the Starcase Sport Action Camera, the Kodak Tele Disk, the Diana F, the Fotron III, the Argus Press flash, the very transparent Yashica Auto Focus Motor and naturally the Walt Disney Mick-A-Matic.
Paul, As a Canadian I never even saw an Argus of any kind until about 7 years ago. I will admit that your "sorry Nippon" seems to be a thoroughbred. But can you do with it what can be done with the genetic predecessor of my BBC-1000, the world renowned C3? Indeed, how many cameras are this versatile?
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Now don't be too harsh on the C3. Heck, my Nikon F4s--all 2.5 lbs. of it--is a better walnut cracker than the Argus and even an 18-wheeler parked on a 30 percent grade would have trouble rolling with a Nikon behind a tire. Ya get what you pay for -- in nut crackers and wheel chocks.
I was in Ann Arbor years ago. I had two cousins teaching at U of M. At that time I was not a camera collector so I may have defiled that very beautiful city by bringing my Exakta VX IIa. But the residents were so polite that they uttered never a word of reproach.
Just under a year ago Henry J. Gambino published his excellent "Argomania" which tells all there is to know about Argus. He even says, without a great deal of enthusiasm, about the BBC-1000 "had all the charm of a little girl dressed up in mommy's clothes to look grown-up."
I was not aware of the pheremone qualities of the C3. I must give it a try.
Spoof? Spoof indeed! What spoof? How does one clean egg yolk off a Cintar 50mm f3.5 lens?
Same way you get the "bug juice" off, Mickey! ;D
Besides...if out shooting and you want to attract attention...especially from cute women...take the C3...it just has an inherent attraction and people tend to migrate toward it. In fact...depending on where you are...you may end up answering more questions and just showing it off than actually taking pictures.
Last time I had mine out, Ron, the only question I got (from a gentleman decidedly older than myself) was "What the hell kind of camera is that?" I must have been out at entirely the wrong time for all the young, cute women!