Post by casualcollector on May 3, 2009 19:01:57 GMT -5
If it wasn't built by Cosina in Nagano it was built to the Cosina design! It looks like auto exposure only. My hunch is that it is Cosina made. I have two Cosina SLRs and the Voigtlander Bessa R rangefinder that was derived from it. Their feel is not confidence inspiring.
As a new member but long time Argus collector I see the Argus EC-2000 SLR is not on the Cosina list. Understand law suit kept it out of USA but not Canada where those on eBay usually show up. Supposed to be HiLite ECS.
Also don't see any Seagull made Argus SLRs in comments. They are Minolta clones.
As a new member, I’m unsure what constitutes “Proof” so I’ll add info from notable published books for both the Argus STL as well as the Argus EC-2000, both of which aren’t on the Cosina list.
Lea’s Register of 35mm SLR Cameras identifies the Argus/Cosina STL as also the Edixa TL. He fails to point out it became the A/C STL 1000 in a name change when introduced as the STL-1000 in a Modern Photo ad in October 1970 with STL bodies as the illustration.
In Bill Henson’s The Official Book of 35mm SLR Cameras and Prices, both the A/C STL and the A/C STL-1000 are shown as being introduced the same year.
According to Henry Gambino’s “Argomania, A look at Argus Cameras...” the STL was introduced in 1970 and the A/C STL-1000 in 1971 and in co-production until 1973. To add to the confusion, the Argus STL-1000 (also by Cosina) began production during the latter part of this same period, with the Petri version beginning production in 1974 after Cosina terminated the manufacturing relationship.
Lea has the EC-2000 in production during 1973 as a Cosina Hi-Lite EC version with minor changes. Henson also has it in production by Cosina during 1973, but doesn’t identify it as a specific Cosina model. Gambino and I had the opportunity to meet and correspond with Argus’ National Tech Service Manager from 1975 who identified it as a very sophisticated SLR with an electronic stepless Copal square shutter. Announced in photo trade journals in 1973-74, it violated a Honeywell metering patent and following a court battle. Argus US couldn’t import them. However, Argus Canada imported them and those seen on eBay usually come from Canada. The 13 then under evaluation at Argus US labs were given to major employees.