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Argus Anastigmat questions

Michael Axel , May 04, 2006; 02:39 p.m.

I recently bought (for cheap) a near mint Argus with the Art Deco design on front and back. What a beautiful little camera.

Anyway, before I ruin any film, I wondered if you could help me with some issues:

1. What is the proper method of setting the frame counter back to zero? I assume I can click until it goes back to zero, but I also assume the film take-up would require a few clicks. Any suggestions?

2. My biggest question is with the focus. The focus seems to go past the infinity mark and back around to the 1.5' mark. Is this normal or is the focus off on mine?

3. Any hints on using the funky depth of field or exposure guage on the top of the camera, next to the finder? I probably don't need it, but it's quite odd.

Thank you in advance for your advice!


Michael Axel , May 04, 2006; 03:09 p.m.

Should have mentioned: this is an Argus A2F with 50mm f/4.5, ca 1941.

J.Ed Baker , May 05, 2006; 07:28 a.m.

You can download a booklet detailing the operation of this camera here: http://theargusa.com/

The exposure meter is/was the extinction type. Unfortunately on most meters of this type the gauge strip is either missing or fogged to the point of being unusable.

I don't remember if the focus has a stop at infinity or not.

Larry Davis , May 05, 2006; 01:28 p.m.

My Argus AF has focus stops.

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