The Argus C3 was a rangefinder camera produced from 1939 to 1966 by Argus in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. The camera was the best-selling 35mm camera in the world for nearly 30 years and popularized the 35mm format. Due to its shape, size, and weight, it is commonly called "The Brick" by photographers. The most famous 20th century photographer who used it is Tony Vaccaro, who used this model during World War II.
The C3 is constructed of Bakelite and metal . The design featured an unusual but simple diaphragm shutter built into the camera body, so the camera could make use of interchangeable lenses without the need for a complex focal plane shutter. The rangefinder was separate from the viewfinder and was coupled to the lens through a series of gears located on the outside of the camera body. The profusion of knobs, gears, buttons, levers, and dials on the camera lent it a "scientific" look that was found in customer surveys to be one of the things buyers most liked about the camera.
This camera is in good condition, the shutter cocks and fires, all levers and button turn normally - no other testing performed. This Argus camera is used, sold as a collectible, as is. The camera contains film in unknown condition or amount of use. Included as a bonus is the original leather case in fair condition with a slight tear on the cover and missing the snap in the back.
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