Vintage ARGUS MODEL C3 C-3 35mm RANGEFINDER Ever Ready Case Coated Cintar Lens
A pre-1952 Argus Model C-3 35mm camera with Rangefinder and coated Cintar lens.
Few cameras have a place in American history quite like Argus cameras. From 1939 to 1966, the Argus C-3 camera (nicknames 'The Brick') was America's best selling camera and is widely credited with the popularity of 35mm film. And this C-3 we have here is certainly part of that history.
This Angus Model C-3 features the patented Argus Coated Cintar lens, and comes with an attachable Argus flash bulb extension. We know this camera dates to 1952 or before. The coupling gear between the lens and range finder is not removable. There are mounting holes in the side of the camera for the flash attachment. Also, this was obviously produced before the company switched to black plastic counters. The one on this camera is metallic, which is consistent with pre-1952 models.
One of the biggest indicators is that this camera does not have an Argus nameplate on the front of its casing. It was in 1952 the first nameplates appeared in the lower left corner of the front of the camera.
This camera is 7 inches wide 3 3/4 inches tall, and 3 inches thick. The camera weighs 2 pounds, 2 ounces.
The camera itself is in good to very good condition. The case is clean with no big scratches and dents. The labels on all the dials, knobs, and the lens are clear and crisp. We have tested the knobs and the shutter seems to fire. When we got it, it had a roll of film in it, although we cannot guarantee the camera won't need some work. It has been in storage a long time. The ever ready case has seen a lot of use, and the cover for the lens has some stitching coming undone. This can easily be repaired, however.
A real piece of Americana, this Angus C-3 camera will make a great addition to anyone's vintage camera collection.
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