This has to be one of the rarest 35mm cameras that I have acquired. It's a great looking old film camera.
Research indicates that it was made around 1989 or 1990 in Taiwan Under the Argus name and imported by Optex, Incorporated, out of Illinois.
The camera motor and flash runs on two AA batteries.
Auto advance and full auto rewind
sliding lens protector
and auto date imprinting.
f 3.5 - 38mm lens.
I have tested it with batteries, and the motor advances smoothly and the shutter works fine.
** NOTE. I could not set the date and time on the back, but since it is named a quartz date, there must be a place to hold a quartz battery....I can't locate it...and that's only IF you want the date imprinted on your FILM. Recommend taking into a camera store for advice.
Also...there are 3 settings on the front. one for 100/200 ASA film, one for 400 ASA film and one setting for flash. The slider button will sometimes stay in the flash position, but it keeps popping out of that position. If you want to use the flash indoors, it's an easy matter to just hold the button in the FLASH position.
Other than that, I have no doubt this camera would work for taking pictures.
Having said that, It would probably serve better to a collector of cameras...especially Argus Cameras....because it's super RARE, I doubt you'll find one...even searching on the net. It took me hours to find one link to the OPTEX company and a small article on the camera.
5 1.2" L. x 2 1/2" thick x 3" tall. ... 14 cm L. x 6.4 cm thick x 7.6 cm tall.
A collectors item, for sure.
Get it for your Argus Collection or give it to a friend who collects Argus cameras and watch him scratch his head.
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Vintage Argus Camera - hard to find model C720 motorized 35mm film camera Black and Red good condition, Original Box, 1989 RARE
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