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This cool vintage Argus C3 Matchmatic camera comes with the original case and removable flash. According to Wikipedia, the C3 was a rangefinder camera produced from 1939 to 1966 by Argus in Ann Arbor, Michigan. For almost three decades, the camera was the best-selling 35mm camera in the world. Due to its shape, size, and weight, photographers often referred to as "The Brick" (and in Japan, its nickname translates as "The Lunchbox").

The C3 was constructed primarily of Bakelite plastic and metal castings. The design featured a diaphragm shutter built into the camera body, so the camera could make use of interchangeable lenses. This version of the Argus C3 was the "Matchmatic," manufactured from 1958 to 1966. It was sold with a selenium light meter attachment,and featured two-tone tan and black leatherette.

Wikipedia notes that the Matchmatic model has recently become popular amongst Harry Potter collectors: the character Colin Creevey used it in the film "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets".

The mechanics of this camera appear to be sound. The lens is an Argus 50 mm f3.5. The body is in excellent shape, with slight wear on a knob or two. The leatherette is also in excellent condition. The case is in excellent condition as well, considering its age. The flash can be attached and detached when the case is on or off.

Someone wrote "C135-20 Kodacolor" on the inside of the case.

I have not film-tested this camera but it seems fully functional - the shutter releases well. I cannot guarantee that it works, since I haven't film-tested it, but it is in excellent condition.


--Height: 4 & 1/16 in, 10.3 cm
--Width: 5 & 3/16, 13.2 cm
--Depth: 3 & 1/8 in, 7.9 cm (including lens)

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Vintage Argus C3 Matchmatic Camera with Flash and Case


  • Materials: metal, plastic, glass, leatherette, leather
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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