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"To me, photography is an art of observation. It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place... I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them." -Elliott Erwitt


The Argus C3 Rangefinder camera, manufactured between 1939 and 1957, was affectionately known as "The Brick" due to its shape and weight. This camera has a separate rangefinder and viewfinder. It is constructed primarily of bakelite and metal. The camera appears to be in good condition, but we have not tested it. The individual we obtained this camera from used it for many years after purchasing it in the 1960s.

The camera has its original Argus Cintar f/3.5 50mm lens. It comes in its original leather case, which is marked inside, "Ed R. Mathews, NW Airlines, Seattle, Wash." The camera and case are in excellent physical condition.

The camera comes with its original leather bag, which contains a few extras that will be included with the item:

- A metal Ansco 35mm film canister, which does have instructions and some "mystery film" inside
- Leather case including sunshade, 4 Argus color filters (red, green, yellow 2x, yellow 4x), Argus portrait filter, Z Type Kodachrome yellow filter for daylight
- Weston Emulsion Ratings booklets, copyright 1941 and 1943, excellent condition in original paper sleeve
- 1941 Kodak Indoor Exposure Guide for Kodak Roll Films & Film Packs and Mazda Photoflood Lamps, good condition in original paper sleeve
- 1942 General Electric Photo Data Book, in good condition


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Vintage Argus C3 35mm Rangefinder Camera with Original Case and Extras


  • Vintage item from the 1940s
  • Materials: metal, plastic, lens, glass, bakelite
  • Only ships within United States.
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