The Argus c3 was a inexpensive rangefinder camera that was mass produced from 1939-1966 by Argus in Ann Arbor Michigan. The C3 was introduced in October of 1939, there were three models, the C (1938-39) the C2 (1938-42) but the C3 was the most successful. The Argus C3 was constructed primarily of metal castings and Bakelite plastic and sold approximately 2 million units in its 27 year production run. The camera is nicknamed “The Brick” due to its weight, size and brick like shape. The camera was used by Gwyneth Paltrow in Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow and appeared in several other movies including Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. One of its most notable users was Tony Vaccaro a photojournalist in WW2 who took most of his images with a Argus C3, developing his film in soldier’s helmets.
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