Sunday, June 23, 2013

Spotlight: Argus AF

I've been sick with a cold the last few days, so I thought I'd show off a camera I bought a few years ago. Enjoy!

The Argus AF
The Argus AF (1937) was the second camera made in the "Argus A" line, and is one of the first American made 35mm cameras. I bought this little guy at an antique shop back in Galesburg a few years back. The camera features a pop-out focus ring that focuses from 1.25 feet to infinity, and shutter speeds ranging from 1/200th to 1/25th, plus Bulb and Time modes. The 50mm lens needs to be zone focused; no rangefinder to be found here.

Deco lines!
I really love the art deco lines that accent the front and back of the camera. Even through the Argus AF was pretty much a cheapish point-and-shoot, the design team clearly didn't cut any corners in the camera's design.

I used this camera a couple of times, with pretty disappointing results. Granted, I didn't really know what I was doing back then, so it wasn't completely the camera's fault, I'm sure.  Here are a few shots I got with the Argus AF (please don't loose respect for me!):

Well, thanks for looking! Hopefully I'll be feeling better soon. I have a few projects I've been meaning to complete, so stay tuned!