I am getting this information from "Argomania" by Henry J. Gambino.
Mfg. by Chinon. Distributed by IMC Division of Interphoto Corporation. Came on market in 1975. Uses 42mm Pentax/Praktica lens mount. Top flash sync speed is 1/125 sec. "CR1" designation was decal on some cameras and engraved on others. Sold for $279.95. Also sold as "Chinon CM" and GAF l-CM.
I think all the other details may be seen on the camera. Ask if you need any more info.
I woke up in the middle of the night and thought I would have a quick look on here. All the talk of this camera reminded me of the deservedly famous Cosina thread.
I was set wondering if this model was sold in the UK under any name. I don't remember the Argus name being overly visible in Britain. Chinon was a well known name in the 1970s. As far as I can recall it was only marketed by the Dixons chain of shops. I have a Chinon Super 8 sound cine camera - separate tape unit for the sound - bought around that time. Dixons certainly had its own brand under the Prinz name. This included cameras, film and accessories. Certainly some of the cameras were re-badged Russian such as the Prinzflex which was a Zenith. Others presumably were from Japanese manufacturers, which must have included Cosina.
Anyway I spent a little time doing various searches and found an entry that looked as though it might answer the question. You know, of course, where I ended up. Yes, the Cosina thread on here.
If my son hasn't thrown them out I have a big stack of (mainly) 1970s Amateur Photographers. I must retrieve them and see just what the likes of Dixons were offering.
the top of the back cover has started to curl a little, but Ill have to wait and see on the skin job. It would be a nice project for my first try though. Randy, I know you've posted it before but where do you get your skins, I'd like to check it out
Post by casualcollector on Feb 7, 2011 7:52:40 GMT -5
IMHO, the big-fat-hairy-butt ugliest Chinon ever made. I have a soft spot for the many brands of the big, honkin, Chinon M-42 cameras but this one makes me run away screaming! As the disclaimer goes, my taste may vary.
I've used a thrift store purse for leatherette in a past recovering project. You can get some interesting colors and textures.