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Argus Argus 40
France Version française
Photos by JMB text by JMB. From the collection of JMB. Last update 2023-10-17 par Sylvain Halgand.

Manufactured or assembled in USA from (Circa) 1950 to (After) 1950.
Index of rarity in France: Rare (among non-specialized garage sales)
Inventory number: 10391

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Chronology of cameras Argus 

Argus is known for its Argus C3 and a variety of other 35mm cameras, but it was also a manufacturer of more or less advanced Twin Lens Reflex (TLR) cameras. These cameras, which use 620 film and produce 6 x 6 cm negatives, are typically made of plastic, except for two models made of metal.
Some models have a linkage between the taking lens and the viewing lens, providing a true reflex focusing. Many are fixed-focus, while others have a distance adjustment without an impact in the viewfinder. The shutters on these cameras are modest.

On July 29, 1949, Leonard A. Wilkinson, an inventor, and Argus Cameras, Inc. filed patent No. 2,664,799 for a coupling system of shutter cocking and film advance to prevent double exposures. The patent sketches depict a TLR.

Models   Years Made of Lens Shutter   Sale price

Argoflex E 1940-49 Bakelite 4.5/75 Argus 1/10 to 1/200, B, T Basic Argoflex model with coupled lenses. $61.12 (1949)
Argoflex EF   1949-51 Metal Varex 4.5/75 1/10 to 1/200, B, T
Coupled lenses $74.75 (1949)
Argoflex EM 1949 Metal Varex 4.5/75 1/10 to 1/200, B, T Like the Argoflex EF, but without flash synchronization; coupled lenses $64.40 (1949)
Argoflex Seventy-five 1949-57 Plastic f/13 synchro Fixfocus $14.89 (1950)
Argoflex 40   1951-53 Plastic f/4.5 1/25 to 1/150, B
Upgraded version of the Argoflex Seventy-Five
$39.95 (1951)
Argus Seventy-five 1955-58 Plastic f/13 I, T Fixfocus $14.95 (1956)
Argus Super Seventy-five 1955-58 Plastic Lumar 8/65 I, T
Similar to the Argoflex Seventy-Five, but with distance adjustment.
$22.50 (1956)
Argus 75 1958-64 Plastic Lumar /75 I, T Fixfocus, Brown  
Argus 40 c.1955 Plastic 4.5/75 1/25 to 1/150, B Features similar to those of the Super Seventy-Five. $37.95 (1955)


The Argus 40 appears to be a late incarnation of the series. The front section around the lenses has been redesigned. Distance adjustment is possible but does not appear to be visible in the viewfinder. The central shutter allows speeds of 1/25 to 1/150, plus Bulb mode.

Argus Argus 40

Argus Argus 40

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