The Argus Camera Company of Ann Arbor, Michigan

March 29, 2007

Hey Argus fans – here’s a post with information about the Argus Museum and an event they are having!

Old Foundation by Mark O’Brien

Lighthouse ruins at Cheboygan State Park, MI, taken with Argus C3 by Mark O’Brien

It’s apparently O’Brien week here on Michigan in Pictures. Yesterday we had a photo from Marjorie and then I received an unrelated email from her dad. He was passing along a request from Bob and Mary Kay Berg of Palindrome Productions:

Our production company, Palindrome Productions, is working on a short film about the Argus Camera Company, originally based in Ann Arbor, MI. To supplement our video footage, we are currently looking for still photos taken by Argus cameras models from 1936 to 1960.

If you have family photos (everyday events, family vacations, recitals, holidays) or photos of Ann Arbor, please contact us no later than Friday, April 13, 2007 at palindromevideo@aol.com.

I’ve never been one to look a gift blog post in the mouth, so without further delay – and with copious thanks to Mark for the links – I bring you:

About the Argus Camera Company of Ann Arbor, Michigan

Argus C3 by Luke HWikipedia’s very much incomplete entry on the Argus Camera Company says:

Argus is 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.

The link above for the Argus C3 (aka “The Brick”) is much more complete and says the simple design and ready availability of the C3 makes it widely used even today. While that entry says the C3 was responsible for establishing 35mm, Stephen Gandy of CameraQuest hands that title to the first camera Argus made – the Argus A, declaring:

Argus SS Notches by ReyGuyIn MY always not so objective mind at least, the Argus A is undoubtedly the 2nd most important 35mm camera of all time– second only to the Leica A. If you think about it, that’s a pretty amazing legacy for a simple little Bakelite camera from a Michigan USA radio factory. It really is.

How does Argus deserve this impressive ranking? Easy, they bribed me. Unfortunately, not with money. Argus paid me off in Photographic Heritage. Building on the astounding sellout success of the Argus A, Argus sold MILLIONS of Argi, thereby establishing 35mm as the serious Amateur’s film format of choice in the largest photography market in the world, America.

If you are interested in repairing, collecting or just learning more about any of the Argus camera models and their accessories, look no further than the Argus Collectors Group. You can get a quicker overview of the Argus line over at Mark’s Argus Cameras Page. Mark also took visit to the Argus Museum located at the old Argus Factory in Ann Arbor and (go figure) he took some photos.

There are a TON of very cool Argus camera advertisements (I learned that Galileo was a 17th century Argus and am definitely going to get an Argus A to take to the next World’s Fair), some detail shots of the cameras on his projects page and the results of a Spring Fever Argus photo contest over at Alexander Rawles argoflex.com. Speaking of photos , you can see some shots of the camera and from the cameras in the Argus Rangefinders Group on Flickr.End of the gumshoe's day by Olivander

You might also want to check the local bookstore for a copy of Argomania: A Look At Argus Cameras And The Company That Made Them by Henry Gambino. The promotional copy explains:

Argus’ founder, Charles Verschoor, did not establish an empire, as did George Eastman. Nor did he enjoy a particularly long tenure as the head of the company he founded. Unlike Oscar Barnack, he did not invent anything particularly new, yet he had a tremendous impact on the photographic industry. He revolutionized the scope of the industry, not only from a technical standpoint, but even more so from a marketing perspective.

Additional photo credits:

Argus C3 by Luke H

Argus SS Notches by ReyGuy (part of a great set of detail shots of Argus cameras)

End of the gumshoe’s day by Olivander

105 Responses to “The Argus Camera Company of Ann Arbor, Michigan”

  1. Mark Says:

    Andy — GREAT synopsis, and thanks for spreading the word about Argus. Most people today don’t realize the effect of that company, and there is an Argus Museum at the old Argus Factory in Ann Arbor, owned by C3 Partners/ONeal Construction. I encourage people to pay a visit if they can.

    • Vic Says:

      i have an old Argus 35 mm camera. can’t find a model number on it but it does have a number when you open it up. 315194. I’d like to find out what it is worth and who might be interested in purchasing it. Thanks Vic

  2. Don Smith Says:

    Hi
    I have an Argus product (Argus 500 electromatic projector) that I need to get some info on the slide changer magazines that accompany it. Where could I get such info, please? Don Smith, N.J. 856-935-2178
    Thank You

    • IKON PHOTO Says:

      I WAS THE NATIONAL SERVICE MANAGER FOR ARGUS. BOUGHT THE ENTIRE PARTS AND SERVICE DIVISION IN 1985. WE STILL HAVE PARTS AND DO REPAIRS. WE ALSO HAVE THE SLIDE MAGAZINES.
      CONTACT R.A.KINSEY AT 803-787-1626
      IKON PHOTO
      8 MALIBU CT.
      COLUMBIA, SC, 29209

      • Greg Veltema Says:

        I need 3 more slide magazines for my Argus 500 projector. Do you have any in stock and if so, how much do you want for them?

        Thanks!

        Greg Veltema

      • Ikon Photo Says:

        there are two types of trays for the Argus 500 (there are two types of 500 Projectors) Need exact model number or—are the trays 60 capacity-plastic –or–are they 36 capacity metal? We have both. The 60 Capacity is $10.00 and the metal is $7.00. Please note the metal trays are available as “Used” Only, but have checked each one and replaced any bent binders. They are fully guarnteed.

      • Margaret Reed Says:

        I have an Argus 541 projector and a ton of slides. We started watching the slides and the projector just quit. Does Ikon do projector repairs? Hopefully, Margaret

      • Ed Erst Says:

        Do you still have parts? I have a Showmaster 750-AV which is in mint condition, except for a disintegrated rubber drive wheel. I was going to attempt to fabricate a part if no replacement exists.

      • Elvis Says:

        mr. kinsey, you wouldn’t have an e-mail address, would you?

      • Steve Martin Says:

        I have got my dad’s old Argus 500, Model 58 projector recently. Of course the light bulb broke when it was shipped to me. I don’t have a manual and I am looking for the Part Number for the bulb and where to purchase one. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

    • FRED LARSON Says:

      DON, I RECENTLY PURCHASED 12 SLIDE MAGAZINES FROM EBAY… THE
      ONLY PLACE YOU WILL FIND THEM NOW DAYS.

      I IPURCHASED MINE THIS YEAR …. 2011

  3. Pat Ebensteiner Says:

    I have an argus slide projector (either a 505 or 515).
    The slide containers have disappeared. Where can I get them so we may use the projector. Call 320-968-6020
    Pat Ebensteiner

    • Charles Says:

      If you are still looking for slide trays for the Argus 515 I have eight. I was about to list them along with the projector itself on eBay for a pretty reasonable price. If you are interested, email me, and we can discuss possibilities.

      • Ivan Says:

        Charles, My name is Ivan, I have an argus 515 Slide Projector,but don’t have a slide Changer. Would you still be interested in selling one or two changers? poncho1208@att.net

      • Fer Says:

        Great site and amazing shares. I own a vast collection of slides -took upon myself to preserve my late father in law legacy in pictures. These are in 593 slide magazines. I figure all is about 900 slides. If anyone knows of a projector capable of loading these (the slides are individually encased in an aluminum frame and therefore would be hard to find a player other than an Argus) but if you know of a solution to this I would love to hear about it.
        Thanks – Fer

  4. Chuck Mullins Says:

    Great insight into the Argus history. I just missed out on a couple great Argus cameras at an estate sale. He owner had a friend he was saving them for. However, he had the Argus Slide Projector Model # 58 with a large box of slides for only one $$. My wife bought it and I cleaned it up. The downside is – there is no power cord for it. Does anyone know if Sylvania or Argus still makes the power cords for these old machines? 423-836-0213.

  5. Bill Bennett Says:

    I purchased a C3 Matchmatic back in 1961 and used it for many many years.The “brick” is still on my shelf where I can see it every day!It is a legend and I had case after case of nice photos to prove it.It draws attention when it is out in the public view which makes it even more fun to use.Oh yes,I do have a new digital now too !

  6. Ashley Says:

    AMAZING! i found an old Argus c3 in my personal storage (must have acquired it from a relative or friend). i am so excited to begin the journey of learning and beginning to use this camera RIGHT NOW! thanks for all the helpful info.

  7. Bev Luttrell Says:

    I have an Argus Model 58 and do not know the type of bulb it takes. I could you your assistance.

  8. Jamie Says:

    Thank you so much!
    My friend was given a Box of cameras the other day, and I was so lucky to have seen one of these Argus cameras!

    I Was amazed by the great condition his camera was I was very envious.

    This information is Great thank you!

  9. chris Says:

    I found this link too late to contribute from my father’s collection of Argus photos. He got his camera in Paris, probably in 1939 (it could be a C2, I don’t know…), and took it to war and afterwards used it to start up as a street photographer. There was no film for sale in the UK after the war, but he knew some people in the movie business and he’d get cans of movie film from them. This film had cones along the edges instead of sprocket holes, and he would cut it down and make sprocket holes to fit the Argus – all by touch in the dark.

    After all that handling the pictures were sometimes very foggy, but nobody ever complained.

    The Argus still lives in a leather case my father made from an old German ammo (?) case, but recently a bit of the shutter mechanism came apart (jumped inside the camera body). I have the bit that jumped out (it’s a white-metal blip with a little ?copper shaft) but don’t know how to fix it.

    Any advice would be very welcome.

  10. farlane Says:

    James has some great Argus stuff on his site including Argus Day (this year it’s Friday, Argust 8th – snap 2 photos and submit to the site) and the Argus Camera Collectors Group Argus Argosy Again!, an attempt to pass a single Argus camera across the US and the world (with photos!!!)

  11. don moore Says:

    hello i have this argus c-3 camera with 4 coated lenses and carring case would like to know how old it would be it had a stamp on the bottom of it # 23647 and the box has the two side and the top left can you help me thank you don moore

  12. Katie Says:

    I recently un-earthed my mom’s old C3 Matchmatic, which hasn’t been used in 25 years. Any recommendations for repair shops in Chicago? I’d like to have it looked over to see what kind of shape it’s in, and cleaned and repaired as necessary.


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  14. Bill Ryan Says:

    I have an Argus Electromatic 550; inherited. The horizontal mechanism that inserts the slide into the lens cage is malfunctioning. Anyone have any hints, tips or ideas for a manual for this model?
    402-670-8477

  15. Daniel Matoney Says:

    I need a drive wheel for a Argus Showmaster 500-AZ
    Projector any ideas

  16. Dorothy Beverly Says:

    I need a light bulb for a old argus projector that a friend of mine have. The model # is 58 Please reply at my E-mail address Thank you Dorothy

  17. Margaret White Says:

    I have an Argus 300 Slide Projector and an Argus 500 I think. I need a blub for the 300. I also have lots of Argus magazines for sale. Thanks

    • FRED LARSON Says:

      YOU CAN PURCHASE BULBS AT
      NATIONWIDE PHOTOLAMP SUPPLY CO.
      P.O. BOX 206
      NORFOLK, VA 23501
      PHONE 800-882-883

      YOU WANT TO ORDER THE CYC/CYM BULB. COST $11.16
      IN 1992.

      CAN YOU TELL ME WHERE I MAY PURCHASE THE SLIDE
      MAGAZINE’S I NEED AT LEAST 10 OF THEM..

      FREDERICK A. LARSON
      138 RIPLEY RD
      CAMBRIDGE, MAINE 04923

      207-277-4641

  18. michael lofaro Says:

    i have a argus showmaster movie projector that needs alamp theshowmaster 500a uses the sylvania tru-flector lamp asa code dfa can you help me mike lofaro

  19. Steven Wolverton Says:

    I have inherited 2 cameras.One is a Argus w/ a L.44exposure meter in a leather case. The other is a Miranda EE Auto Sensorex AiC. Both cameras are pretty old but seem to be in good condition.Could you please direct me to a reputable camera store to get them evaluated. I am a novice and would love to start using them but do not know how. Thank you.

    Steven Wolverton

  20. Art Jaeger Says:

    I have a single lens rangefinder Argus that a friend thinks is a Model 21. I never heard of this one. ring a bell with anyone ?

  21. Sam Says:

    I have an Argus C3 that I purchased off craigslist. It’s still in great condition though. I have shot a few roles of film that did not produce the best results. Any ideas on how to get the best out of it for an amateur to film photography?


  22. Just picked up an Argus 300 Model III from a flea market (for $2.83 Can., incl tax! ! ))) lamp, lens, auto slide carrier intact.
    Lamp and lens are fine.
    Slide carrier says “Âutomatic” – but there is no remote.
    Small slot on rear right hand side says 300W max.
    Could be power source, could be socket for a remote, could be audio input for “Beep!” control.
    Only, carrier doesn’t seem to have a drive mechanism – just a manual slide pusher on the and a spring slide return plate on left.
    Any info (before I open it up) would be appreciated.


  23. (Forgot to tag for email otification – if anyone responds)

  24. Taamusi Sivuaraapik Says:

    i just found out that my grandpa has a Argus showmaster 500 that he bought in the 50’s, 60’s or the 70’s and it still works but it needs a light bulb. He still has a few movies too that are still in their case. Since we live far away up north, im just gonna give you the location just in case you want to know how far up north your movie projector went, it’s Inukjuak, Quebec, Canada.

  25. Taamusi Sivuaraapik Says:

    oh, i forgot to tell you we are Inuit (eskimo)

  26. Duane Eisenbeiss Says:

    Have an Argus President color slide projector need a projection lamp. Manual lists lamp type
    as: Slyvania Tru-Focus Projection Lamp, ASA Code designation DAK. I am sure that there are equivalent other brands. Any help as to where a lamp can be purchased will be appreciated.

  27. Ron Knowles Says:

    Seeking assistance. I have an Argus C-44 35mm color camera with 4-5 different lens in excellent condition and a Model 38 slide projector. My father put all family memories (photos) on slides. He has since died and the family would like to view a lifetime worth of photos. Unfortunately the power cord for the projector hasn’t been seen in years. An internet search hasn’t produced results. Anyone have any ideas? Put this together: rdknowles at gmail dot com for reply.

  28. Jo Fortunato Says:

    Hello I have Showmaster 500 A model 451 and I would appreciate it if you could tell me where I may find a splicer/viewer and a bulb-150W 20V. thank you

  29. Lee Ayers Says:

    Hello!

    I need two of the rubber “Feet” that go on the bottom of the case that hold the Argue 200 Slide Projector. Can you su7pply me those items?

    Thanks!

    Lee Ayers8

  30. Ms. Says:

    Hello, what is your email address so I may contact you with a few questions about your film? Thanks.

  31. Charles Says:

    What film? I have an Argus 515 slide projector and eight slide trays for it that I would like to sell. I have no film.

  32. Samuel Says:

    I am looking to sell my Argus C3. It’s in great condition and I have the case as well. I love the camera, but I have a baby on the way, and I haven’t been able to use much since I bought it.

    Let me know if you’re interested.

  33. Lee Ayers Says:

    I’m still hoping someone will let me know if they either have, or know where I can get, two ‘feet’ for the case that houses my Argus 200 slide projector

  34. dave g Says:

    i have an Argus 4200, can i get a bulb for it..
    GE 150w,125v

  35. janspruce Says:

    Why I can’t every pictures C3 there i be do copu?

  36. james Says:

    I have a argus previewer, box no. of 848. Looking for slides, or info on how and what tyupes slides needed for this viewer. Thanks James

  37. Martin Says:

    I there. I found an Argus C3 from my father, but there is a missing “sproket”. That connect the lens to the range finder.

    Camera works great, but it is hard to focus it…

    Any idea of where can I get it fixed?

    Thanks a lot!!!

  38. Brian Lindsley Says:

    Can you please tell me if you still make parts for a argus slide projector ? I need a new bulb. Thank you.

    • FRED LARSON Says:

      NATIONWIDE PHOTO LAMP SUPPLY
      PO BOX 406
      NORFOLK, VA 23501

      I PURCHASED THE LAST FOUR THEY HAD IN STOCK BUT
      THEY MUST HAVE MORE BY NOW..
      GOOD LUCK

  39. victor Says:

    I have an Argus Projector. I’m not sure how it feeds, as there are slots on the top and both sides. It is not fan operated, and uses a 100 watt bulb. Volts are 105-120. A metal plate says It was made by International Research corp. Ann Arbor, Mich. It is model-DP, and the serial no. is 4445. It also states that it is “FOR SLOW BURNING FILM ONLY”. It has a metal plate fixed under the lens shaft that says “Argus”, Made In The U.S.A. I would love to know the year it was made, and anything else about it. It has a green textured paint finish, and a steel or chrome 5″ long focus lens. It has an On-Off switch in the cord line. I could send you photos if you wish. Thanks for any help. Best wishes, Victor

  40. buddyb Says:

    I have an ARGUS A2B with the clear lens from 1939-1942 that i am interested in selling.Anyone interested in a collectable such as this can each me at my e-mail address:berrylester@ gmail.com

  41. Rose Says:

    I was recently given a Argus not sure the year? It has a tan leather case 50mm Argus coated cintar #446771..If I could get any info on camera would be grateful !!

    Thanks

    Rose

  42. Judy Boyles Says:

    I have 2 ARGUS slide projecters….both slide changers dont work. One of them has buttons and the other has nothing, is there a remote or something these are missing? Thank you

  43. Guy Di Gennaro Says:

    I am in need of a service manual (or just the exploded view of the mechanical workings) for an argus model 541 slide projctor. Can you help me ?

    Thanks
    Guy


  44. light bulbs are good for lighting the home but stay away from incandescent lamps because they generate so much heat :,`

  45. patrick a lucas Says:

    I have a Argus Showmaster 500 AZ silent movie projector and in need of information. The projector is in good condition and everything works with the exception of, it will not run in the reverse mode. Is this something that can be fixed or not. As far as I know the switch is working. Thanks
    Please Reply

  46. jacki murphy Says:

    I have an argus 35mm/old. inside is marked AF29028.can not find any info. please help! Does anyone know what it is worth? it was grandfathers.

  47. angela Says:

    hello,
    i have come acrossed a 300 argus projector and screen for sell. dont know the value but both in good shape. do you know anyone insterested. if so make an offer
    please email abmcnabb@bellsouth.net
    thanks again

  48. Ellen Says:

    Hi: I have an Argus 500 slide projector for which I cannot find the electric plug. Can you help me?

  49. John Turner Says:

    I have a working Argus 538 slide projector and 20 Argus 60 slide trays. Anyone interested in purchasing them? 913-685-0635, John Turner

  50. Nancy Staley Says:

    We have an old Argus 300 projector and I’m looking for a bulb replacement! Do they still make the bulbs for the projector? We have many old pictures that we love sharing with family and friends. Thank You!

  51. Nancy Staley Says:

    We have an old Argus 300 projector and we need to replace the bulb. How do I get a replacement for it or do they still make the bulbs? We have many old slide that we love sharing with family and friends.Thank You very much. Nancy Staley

    • FRED LARSON Says:

      NANCY, I PURCHASED THE BULBS FOR MY KODAK 300 SLIDE PROJECTOR
      WHICH I BELIEVE TO BE THE SAME AS YOU HAVE… IT USES AIREQUIPT
      MAGAZINE SLIDE HOLDERS AND I PURCHASED MY BULBS FROM

      NATIONWIDE PHOTO LAMP SUPPLY
      PO BOX 406
      NORFOLK, VA 23501

      I’M SURE YOU CAN GOOGLE THEM AND GET THE INFO YOU NEED..

      THE BULB YOU ARE LOOKING FOR IS A SYLVANIA CYC-CYM
      300W 120-125V AVERAGE OF 25 HOURS.

      SINCERELY
      FRED LARSON
      CAMBRIDGE, MAINE

    • FRED LARSON Says:

      ALSO NANCY IF YOU WISH TO CONTACT ME VIA

      EMLARSON@TDSTELME.NET

      • Charles Says:

        I have eight slide trays for the Argus 515 projector for sale as well as a working projector.

  52. Toney Hayes Says:

    I need to Know How to Wind this Projector , any help will greatley appreciated Thank- you
    My E-Mail address is hayestoney@yahoo.com

  53. Lynn A. Parker Says:

    Hello–My Grandfather, Arthur F. Parker, Sr. held the patent on the Argus C-3 and the AF (his initials) model;’s rangefinders. My father also worked for Argus. We have many cameras, projectors, slides, photographs and piles of Argus Eyes magazine. I was lucky enough to grace the cover of one issue when I was a young girl and my birth, along with picture, was in an issue as well. My grandfather was actually teaching at UM Engineering school at the time he developed the patent, however, he subsequently worked at Argus. My Dad, Arthur F. Parker, Jr. worked at Argus for 18 years starting in Industrial Engineering and moving to Personnel & Labor Relations. My Dad’s two brothers and one brother-in-law all were employed by Argus as well. My email is: lynniep1@yahoo.com

  54. Patrick Says:

    Hi,
    My neighbor passed on and I bought his projector and screen at the estate sale. The drive wheel has crumbled and I’m wondering if it can be repaired. Ms Parker, thank you for sharing. It’s great to have grandparents we can be so proud of. Thankfully we had great engineering minds to create the devices that gave us the ability to remember them.

    Patrick

    • .R. A. KINSEY Says:

      HELLO, WE HAVE THE DRIVE WHEELS FOR YOUR PROJECTOR AND CAN SELL YOU ONE IF YOU WISH TO TRY THE REPAIR YOURSELF. IF NOT, YOU MAY PACKAGE THE UNIT AND SHIP TO US FOR REPAIR. YOU DIDNT SAY IF IT WAS A MOVIE PROJECTOR OR A SLIDE PROJECTOR, BUT WE HAVE BOTH TYPES OF DRIVE WHEELS. PLEASE ADIVSE WHAT YOU WISH TO DO. OUR ADDRESS IS: IKON PHOTO, 8 MALIBU CT., COLUMBIA, SC, 29209. YU MAY CALL NOON TILL 6 PM EASTERN @ 803-787-1626 FOR FURTHER INFO.
      MANY THANKS
      R.A. KINSEY

      • Patrick Says:

        Old thread but I’m needing the drive wheel for an Argus Showmaster 462 I think the part number is 42913. The old one apparently just turned to a thick black goo. it is on the motor shaft opposite the fan.

  55. FREDERICK A. LARSON Says:

    I HAVE 20 EXTRA SLIDE MAGAZINES FOR THE ARGUS SLIDE
    CHANGER THAT I WILL SELL FOR $2.00 EACH PLUS POSTAGE
    IF ANYONE IS INTERESTED.
    EMAIL ME AT “EMLARSON@TDSTELME.NET”

  56. Jim Morgan Says:

    I have 2 argus projectors–model 500 and 570. Neither work. Any repair places>
    Jim Morgan


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  58. Donna Saltzman Says:

    I just recently acquired an old Argus 200 slide projector, and it works. Problem is, the lens’ are not in place, just loose in the front tube and I don’t know the order how to place them back in. There are three lens – 1 small concave, 1 small convex (flat on 1 side), and 1 larger convex (flat on 1 side). There is also a small black ring and a larger ring, assuming it is the last one on. Can someone tell me how to assemble these and then it looks like this whole apparatus screws into the bigger tube, right? Thanks. Donna

    • R. A. KINSEY Says:

      HI, JUST READ YOUR EMAIL. IT IS NOT A REAL EASY TASK TO TAKE THE LENS APART AND REASSEMBLE. YOU WILL NEED A LONG SPANNER WRENCH WITH DEPTH TO REACH DOWN INTO THE OUTER TUBE. WE CAN FIX IT IF YOU LIKE. COST IS $20.00 PLUS SHIPPING. PLEASE ADVISE
      REGARDS,
      R.A.KINSEY
      IKON PHOTO
      8 MALIBU CT
      COLUMBIA, SC, 29209
      803-787-1626

  59. Scott Brockmann Says:

    i need help changing the light bulb in an Argus 300 . No manual for it here..

    • FRED LARSON Says:

      REMOVE THE SLIDE CHANGING APPARATUS. THEN LOOK AT THE SIDE OF THE BULB HOUSING.. THERE IS A LITTLE RED
      BUTTON PRESS IN ON IT AND AND GENTLY RAISE THE LID…
      VOLLA THE BULB IS UNDER THE COVER … YOU CAN REMOVE THE COVER COMPLETELY BY CAREFULLY WIGGLING IT AND THEN PUSH DOWN AND TURN COUNTER CLOCKWISE ON THE
      BULB AND UP IT COMES…. THE BULBS ARE HARD TO COME BY SO IF YOU HAVE TROUBLE THERE LET ME KNOW AND I WILL GIVE YOU THE ADDRESS OF A BULB CO.

    • FRED LARSON Says:

      ALSO SCOTT, SCAN UP AND YOU WILL SEE WHERE I HAVE
      PUT IN THE ADDRESS FOR PURCHASING LIGHT BULBS.
      THEY ARE DIFFICULT TO FIND.. YOU WANT THE CYC/CYM TYPE BULB. AROUND $12.OO EACH GET A COUPLE EXTRA AS THEY MAY NOT BE AROUND LONG
      .
      NATION WIDE PHOTO LAMP SUPPLY
      PO BOX 406
      NORFOLK, VA 23501

      • Scott Brockmann Says:

        Awesome reply… Looking in to it.

        Thank You,
        Scott

      • RICHARD KINSEY Says:

        SCOTT, THERE ARE SEVERAL MODELS OF THE 300 PROJECTOR. ANYTHING THAT USED A 300 WATT LAMP WAS CALLED A 300. YOU NEED TO LOOK ON THE PROJECTOR AND FIND THE PRECISE MODEL #, SUCH AS 504, 535, OR PBB 300. ONCE IDENTIFIED YOU CAN THEN FIND OUT WHAT LAMP TO USE. IF YOU HAVE A PBB 300, UNDER NO CONDITIONS DO YOU WANT TO USE LAMP TYPE CYC/CYM. THIS IS A T-10 LAMP AND YOU WILL PROBABLY BREAK THE REAR HEAT LENS IN THE PROJECTOR. YOU NEED A T-8 1/2 LAMP. WE HAVE THE CORRECT LAMP FOR ALL THE ARGUS PROJECTORS. YOU MAY E MAIL ME DIRECT IF YOU LIKE. mY EMAIL IS rakinsey@mail.com. Send me a picture of the unit if you cannot identify and I can do that for you
        MANY THANKS
        R.A. KINSEY
        IKON-ARGUS SERVICE CO.

  60. Robyn Says:

    I have an Argus Showmaster 500-AZ movie projector with brown case that I would like to give away to anyone who can use it. Please let me know if you’re interested. — Robyn

  61. Lee Rainville Says:

    I have an ARGOFLEX 75 CAMERA that uses 620 roll film for 12 pictures.
    There is no date on the instruction manual and I would like to know how old this camera is……

  62. carol waters Says:

    I have two argus cameras to sell

  63. William Ulate Says:

    I would like to know where I can get the lens that condenses the rays for the Argus Special 55 Model slide projector?

  64. donna Says:

    I have an argus roundabout autofocus 915 AQT slide projector. Does anyone know where I can find operating instructions?

  65. Dell Deaton Says:

    Just posted photo of my own Argus Autronic I rangefinder model, given to me by my dad in the late-1960s. Made this image a couple of months ago, in March. http://delldeaton.smugmug.com/Photography/What/i-TbBHPD8/0/L/argus-autronic-i-35mm-film-camera-dell-deaton-L.jpg

  66. Joel Says:

    I have an Argus 200 slide projector, but the black “focus tube” is frozen inside the metal tube. What’s the best way to “unfreeze” it?

  67. Gary Says:

    I recently bought a Argus A2B and a C3. $30 for the package. BOTH still take great pictures.

    • Edwin Erst Says:

      I saw an old Argus camera a bit newer than this at an antique store and almost bought it, except I’m not sure I will ever shoot any more film other than 35mm again. It looks like digital is here to stay, but I wish there was something as good as trusty old Kodachrome still around.

  68. Ruby Lynk Says:

    I have 12 Argus Slide Magazines (No. 593) and 18 Airequipt Magazines that I would like to sell. In good condition and in their original boxes. Make an offer.
    E-mail me at rlynk1@arvig.net

  69. betty Says:

    Really cool page, Lots of good info. I have an Argus 580 executive projector in a solid walnut cabinet. I purchased it in 1962 in Chicago and it is still in perfect working order. I have trays for slides for it also. I would like to find a good home for this rear projection unit. Contact me at y26saturn@tampabay.rr.com if interested.

  70. Thomas Zimmerman Says:

    I have Argus 750 movie projector that is in excellent physical shape. Motor works, lamp works, varispeed works. However, it does not thread. So its free to whomever wants it. Really great mechanics inside it. Shame that they dont build stuff like this anymore. email me at t.zimmerman@sbcglobal.net

  71. richard Says:

    have an argus movie projector model # 42001 but my movie reels are a little too big for the spindle shaft and I need a take up reel any help out there

    • Edwin Erst Says:

      Look on eBay for reels. You may be trying to use a Super 8 reel on a Regular 8mm. Better yet, you may be able to find a Super 8 to 8mm spindle adapter. In a pinch, I’ve made my own adapter, using a McDonald’s straw, a piece of shishkabob skewer (for the slot(s) ) and some electrical tape to hold it all together, so it’s removable without getting ‘sticky’ on the spindle. When in doubt, there’s always duct tape too…

      • Edwin Erst Says:

        …as I further recall, I used a piece of tube from a can of dust off, and wrapped the spindle with electrical tape thick enough to hold it, then taped a single piece of the tubing and wrapped enough tape to hold it to grab the reel. I’d lost the adapter that came with my Eumig projector, and didn’t want to buy an expensive adapter for a just few film reels.

  72. Ruby Lynk Says:

    Regarding my post of January 23, 2014……..the above mentioned slide magazines are available free to anyone who can use them. I would just ask that I be reimbursed for the cost of shipping.
    E-mail me at rlynk1@arvig.net. Thank you.


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