If the lens is OK they work well, and took other lens, but then most people who bought them did not want the other lenses, and those that did bought other makes cameras....
The case amuses me, the rounded ends in an effort to made it look more normal, just succeeding in making it even larger. The engineering inside is decidedly simple, works, but nothing like any other designs.
Argus just seemed determined to go their own way with this one, a classic for all the wrong reasons!
Last Edit: Nov 13, 2012 19:26:13 GMT -5 by Stephen
That was very much the design principle of the Argus, keep it simple, there is a low parts count, and it all works, but the amazing part is the design, or lack of it, in the appearance, they were so different to other 1930's/40's cameras. This must have been a advantage at first, it got them noticed in a big way, but they were left behind by the 1950's, selling mainly on the low cost. The standard lens quality was good, nothing outstanding, but turned in good photos if you took a bit of care, and it boasted extra features like the rangefinder and separate lenses. Also you could replace the standard lens, if damaged, yourself, even up grading the lens. I doubt if there was ever a tougher camera offered as a popular market camera. Stephen.
Wasn't one of the reasons for the removable lens because Argus also sold an enlarger that you could use with the camera lens, thus saving the cost of buying another lens?
When I got my first C3, I had to completely disassemble it due to sticking shutter and focus helical. You could barely turn the rangefinder wheel. Thanks to Rick Olsen, I ws able to get it back together:
The Argus removable lenses was always intended as interchangeable, there was quite a range from Argus and other makers. There were three enlarger models as well, and it was common to allow camera lenses to be used on enlargers, so it may well be that they fit. Argus marketed it as a "system" camera, not just a basic point and shoot. There were even underwater housings made for it, and plenty got modified for specialist uses. Stephen.
My collection is very small. It consists of the C-3, a couple of A's, an A2F, and an FA. I've had others in the past, and only recently started actively hunting for them again. It's fun trying to find something other than the "Brick". Doesn't Toronto have a football team called the Argonuts?
"Doesn't Toronto have a football team called the Argonuts?"
I am not a sports fan but I believe the Grey Cup game is being held here this weekend. After it is over they may be the Argonuts.
They are playing the Calgary Stampeders who have a tradition of riding a horse through the lobby of the hotel where they are staying. This is not the usual practice in Toronto. The bell boys here refuse to shovel manure.
I've got a bid in on an Argus A5. It was made in Japan, so I don't really know if it qualifies as an Argus product. I wasn't going to bid on it, but it's a nice looking camera, and the maker is a mystery to me, so I decided to go for it.