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Argus (camera company)


Argus (camera company)

Argus C3
Argus 21

Argus was an American maker of cameras and photographic products, founded in 1936 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Argus originated as a subsidiary of the International Radio Corporation (IRC), founded by Charles Verschoor. Its best-known product was the C3 rangefinder camera, which enjoyed a 27-year production run and became one of the top-selling cameras in history. The company's Model A was the first low-cost 35 mm camera in the United States. Argus was acquired by Sylvania in 1959 and sold off in 1969, by which time it had ceased camera production (some rebadged cameras continued to be sold under the Argus name through the 1970s). More recently, the Argus brand has been reestablished and is used on a variety of inexpensive digital cameras made by Argus Camera Company, LLC., located in Inverness, IL. Recently, Argus had two cameras for children developed in partnership with TEAMS Design. The cameras, the Bean and Sprout, won a Bronze 2009 IDEA award[1] from BusinessWeek and the Industrial Designers Society of America in addition to an Appliance Design 2009 EID award.[2]


  • Current models 1
    • Digital 1.1
  • Historic models 2
    • A series 2.1
    • C series 2.2
    • Argoflex 2.3
    • Autronic 2.4
    • Other models 2.5
  • The Argus camera in popular culture 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Current models


  • DCV-011
  • DCM-098
  • DCM-099
  • DC-1088
  • DC-1500
  • DC-1512E
  • DC-2185
  • DC-3185
  • DC-3190
  • DC-3195
  • DC-3270DV
  • DC-5190
  • DC-5195
  • DC-5340
  • DC-6340

Historic models

A series

  • A (1936–1941)
  • AF (1937–1938)
  • B (1937)
  • A2B (1939–1950)
  • A2F (1939–1941)
  • AA (1940–1942)
  • FA (1950–1951)
Argus Lady Carefree, plastic camera for 126 mm film cartridges, c. 1967

C series

  • C (1938–1939)
  • C2 (1938–1942)
  • C3 (1938–1968)
  • 21 (1947–1952)
  • C4 (1951–1957)
  • C44 (1956–1957)
  • C3 Golden Shield (1958–1966)
  • C3 Matchmatic (1958–1966)
  • C3 Standard (1958–1966)
  • C44R (1958–1962)
  • C4R (1958)
  • C33 (1959–1961)


  • Argoflex E (1940–1948)
  • Argoflex
  • Argoflex II (1947)
  • Argoflex EM (1948)
  • Argoflex EF (1948–1951)
  • Argoflex Seventy-Five (1949–1958)
  • Seventy-Five (1949–1958)
  • 40 (1950–1954)
  • Argoflex Forty (1950–1954)
  • Super Seventy-Five (1954–1958)
  • 75 (1958–1964)


Argus Autronic 35
  • Autronic 35 (1960–1962)
  • Autronic C3 (1960–1962)
  • Autronic I (1962–1965)
  • Autronic II (1962–1965)

Other models

  • K (1939–1940)
  • M (1939–1940)
  • A3 (1940–1942)
  • CC (1941–1942)
  • Minca (1947–1948)
  • A5 (1953–1956)
  • A-Four (1953–1956)
  • C-Twenty (1957–1958)

The Argus camera in popular culture

In High Society, photographer Elizabeth Imbrie (Ruth Hussey) uses an Argus C3 while on assignment to cover Tracy Lord's wedding for Spy Magazine.

In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Colin Creevey, the Gryffindor shutterbug, is shown using an Argus C3 with a flash attachment to take wizard photos of Harry Potter. It is shown plainly in a scene in the Great Hall, in the scene in the Hospital Wing where Colin is carried after being Petrified, and at the Quidditch match between Gryffindor and Slytherin while Harry is being chased by the rogue Bludger.

See also


  1. ^ 2009 Bronze IDEA Award
  2. ^ Appliance Design EID Awards

External links

  • The Argus Collector's Group
  • Argus Camera Information Reference Site
  • The Story of Argus Camera at Ann Arbor District Library
  • Argus camera timeline
  • Argus patents
  • Argus A and Argus C3 at Marc's Classic Cameras
  • Argus C3
  • The Argus A/A2 Page includes Hrad Kuzyk, "A Modern User's Guide to the Argus A/A2 Camera", 12/2/2006.
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