The Argus Camera Company of Ann Arbor, Michigan

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

135 thoughts on “The Argus Camera Company of Ann Arbor, Michigan

  1. 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.

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    1. 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

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  2. 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

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    1. 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

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      1. 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.

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      2. 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

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      3. 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.

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      4. 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

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      5. Have an Argus M500 model No 42001. and I.am in need of the bulb for it, hate to disposed
        off since it was a gift from my grandfather (RIP} , it has 4 prongs and unable to find it here
        in the Orlando,Fl area. Any sugestions you may have shall be appreciated.

        Email address brenaly2@yahoo.com

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      6. I have some straight plastic cartridges – do they work on the Argus 505B? I’m thinking about purchasing one but I’m not sure if it takes the straight cartridges or the carousel type wheel.

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

      I IPURCHASED MINE THIS YEAR …. 2011

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  3. 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

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    1. 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.

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      1. 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

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  4. 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.

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  5. 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 !

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  6. 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.

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  7. 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!

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  8. 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.

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  9. 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

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  10. 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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  11. 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

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  12. 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

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  13. 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

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    1. 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

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  14. 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

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  15. 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

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  16. 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?

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  17. 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.

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  18. 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.

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  19. 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.

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  20. 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.

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  21. 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

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  22. 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.

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  23. 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

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  24. 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

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  25. 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!!!

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    1. 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

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  26. 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

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  27. 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

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  28. 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

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  29. 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

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  30. 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

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  31. 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

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  32. 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.

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

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  34. 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!

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  35. 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

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    1. 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

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  36. 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

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  37. 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

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    1. 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

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      1. 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.

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  38. 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”

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  39. 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

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    1. 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

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    1. 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.

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    2. 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

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      1. 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.

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  40. 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

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  41. 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……

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

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

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  44. 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?

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    1. 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.

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  45. 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.

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  46. 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

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  47. 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

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    1. 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…

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      1. …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.

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  48. 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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      1. The information that I found indicated that all 500 Series projectors can use the 593 tray. Hope this helps.

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  49. Yes, they do have the capacity for 36 slides, but I no longer have the projector or papers on it, so no information on it. The Argus magazines have the number 593. I could do some research on theAirquipt magazines. However, we were able to use both on the projector that we had.

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  50. I have an Argus S-500 Showmaster that needs a bulb? I don’t have the bulb. Can you tell me where I can get one or what the number for it would be?

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  51. I have an Argus movie camera and Argus movie projector that are in excellent condition. I would like to know if they have any value?

    The movie camera is Argus Model 808 and has an Argus movie light with flood lamp.

    The movie projector is Argus Model Holiday dual 848.

    Again, what are they worth and where could sell them?

    Thanks for your help.

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    1. I’ve been seeing lots of slide projectors and slide trays at the Goodwill and similar thrift stores lately. If I happen to see some Argus ones, I will snag them on 50% off day.

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  52. I WORKED FOR THE ARGUS CAMERA COMPANY AT PLYMOUTH IND. IN CHEBOYGAN MI. MUST HAVE SEWED
    5000 C3 AND 75 CASES.. WENT TO WORK ON THE MACKINAC BRIDGE IN 1956..HAD A 75 BUT BOUGHT A C-3..TOOK OVER 200 SLIDES AS WE FINISHED THE BRIDGE IN 1957..STILL
    SHOWING MY SLIDE PROGRAM AFTER 58 YEARS”
    AND STILL HAVE MY C-3..

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  53. I have the original C Argus 35mm camera “prewar” 1938-39 . great looking and in great shape. just bought some film for it hoping it works! would love to take a few pictures with it. i would like some info on the value of it. from what i researched only 15000 or so of this perticular model where made. it is the model made right after they did away with the F/s Switch.

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  54. Recently went to visit father in law and he wanted to show old family slides on Argus 500 automatic projector which is in perfect working order. He has slides in 12 x Argus 587 (60 per tray). Neither he or I could figure out how to load these into automatic tray. Has 2 opposite side fully closed, 1 side open and opposite side 2 side closed strips with equal distant open in middle. Couldn’t work out how push lever fitted. FIL said he had been successful before but forgotten how. I have been Googling several times but can only find the Airequipt/Argus 36 magazines on YouTube working. Can anyone advise?

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