The Argus Collectors Group is conducting a survey to identify the attributes of the Argus Twin-lens Reflex cameras. The purpose of the survey is to document changes in features of the camera family over their production life. The results will be posted on the ACG web site.
Directions: Have your camera handy, then proceed by answering each question, either filling in the blank space below the question (like question 1), or clicking on the dot to the left of the correct answer to select it. When you are done, click the 'Submit' button at the bottom of the form to send us the information.
If any of the features of your camera don't match the choices provided, please describe them in the 'comments' section at the bottom of this page.
THIS FIELD IS REQUIRED!! Our survey database is indexed by the serial number, so it is the most important information you will provide for your camera.
NOTE: A real serial number is most useful for this database, so please do try to locate it, using the pictures below... but if you have a camera and you can't find a serial number, please just enter 'no serial number' in this space. Thanks!
The serial number is inside the camera, stamped on the back door. Here are some pictures of where you may find the serial number:
Examples of serial number locations
Please enter the camera's serial number. It should be a number between 5 and 10 digits long:
Is there a label in the film SUPPLY chamber saying 'For best results Reload only with 620 or PB 20 Film'?
Is there a hinged cradle in the film SUPPLY chamber that swings out to hold the roll of film?
Is there a label in the film TAKEUP chamber saying 'Use 620 Film'?
Is there a hinged cradle in the film TAKEUP chamber that swings out to hold the roll of film?
Which of these two pictures looks like the key that fits into the film spool, opposite the wind knob, inside the camera:
Is the film pressure plate chrome or black?
The lenses labeled 'f4.5 Anastigmat' may have lenses of one of two different sizes, and it's kind of hard to tell them apart. Here are a couple of pictures that may help. The 'smaller-diameter lens' has a 'wide' ridge on the outer part of the trim ring, while the 'larger-diameter lens' has a 'narrower' ridge:
What does the upper (viewing) lens look like:
What do the lower lens and shutter look like:
What are the shutter speeds:
What are the aperture scale values:
What does the film wind knob look like:
On the other side of the body from the film wind knob, is there a smaller black plastic knob?
Which of the following does the front logo or body design of your camera look like?
On top of the camera is a viewing hood that folds down. What does the logo look like on the hood:
Note: the raised finish can be felt if you run your finger over the logo. It's pretty subtle.
On the side of the camera with the film wind knob, is there a mechanical counter with a number in a window and two silver buttons:
If you know the date when this camera was purchased NEW, please enter that here:
Do you have any other comments about your camera:
Please Enter Your Name
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