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Argus 75 Instructions for Use

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Argus Cameras, Incorporated Ann Arbor, Michigan

argus 75

Argus 75 is a modified twin-lens type camera with a large brilliant viewing screen. Like other Argus models, it shows you the picture before you take it. In operation, it has been simplified to the greatest possible degree and is as easy to use as the most simple box camera. Modern features usually reserved for expensive cameras ... like built-in flash and double-exposure prevention . . . are representative of the advanced design of the Argus 75.
To obtain the utmost from your Argus 75, read this instruction book carefully so you will thoroughly under stand its operation.
1 Neck Strap
2 Film Winding Knob
3 ShuHer Release
4 Taking Lens
5 Viewing Lens
6 Locking Catch
7 Film Window
8 Flash Contacts


Use Only Size 620 Film-Black & White or Kodacolor
In selecting a film for your Argus 75, we recommend Eastman Verichrome or Ansco Plenachrome for black-and-white pictures, and Eastman Kodacolor, which yields beautiful prints in full, natural color. Note: when using Kodacolor, take pictures only in bright sunlight with no shaded areas.
Open the back of the camera by lift¥ing up the locking catch. The back is hinged for conven¥ience but do not let it drop or hinge may be sprung.
Be sure to load the camera in subdued light; not in bright sunlight. Insert roll of film in lower film compartment and slide into place en¥gaging spool pins. Be sure film is in¥serted with end of protective paper in position indicated.

Place empty film spool in upper film compartment, first making sure film spool slot is engaged with winding knob; then press other end of spool in place.

Pull off about 6 inches of paper leader for thread¥ing.
Fold end of paper (about one inch) and insert into long slot of the empty film spool. To se¥cure end of paper, give the winding knob two or three turns.

Close camera back, making sure it is securely closed and locked.

Turn film winding knob until Figure 1 appears in the center of the red window. The cam¥era is now ready for the first picture. ¥


A lever on the front of the Argus 75 permits adjustment of the shutter for "TIME" or " I ¥STANTANEOUS" ex¥posures. For snapshots, use marking INST. The TIME setting requires a steady support for the camera, and is used when taking pictures indoors or where there is very little light. When set on TIME, pressure on the shutter release opens the shutter, releasing pressure closes it.
An unusual feature of Argus 75 is double exposure prevention. This means you cannot accidentally take two pictures on the same film. Because of its design, a picture cannot be taken with Argus 75 until the film is wound. To determine whether or not the film has been wound, a red "flag" is placed inside the camera and is visible through the lens only after winding the film. This valuable feature will eliminate one of the most com¥mon amateur mistakes.
Open the reflecting vie"w-finder hood, using the thumb as indicated.

The brilliant view¥finder shows you the way the picture will look on the film.


To take the picture, hold the camera as illustrated above, and compose the subject in the view-finder as you want it to appear in the finished picture. A lower or higher camera position may be desirable to get just the effect you want. Then, hold your breath for an instant and squeeze the shutter release smoothly with the right fore¥finger. Take care not to jar the camera or the picture may be blurred due to camera movement.
If you plan to take a Trip
If you are about to take a trip or plan some special photographic event, YOll should expose a practice roll or two of film, including a few flash pictures. This will acquaint you with your new Argus Camera and prevent the disappointment of spoiling an important picture through lack of familiarity.
Open. the back of the camera by lifting the lock¥ing catch, and lift out the roll of exposed film.


After each picture is tak¥en, wind un til the riext figure appears in the cen¥ter of the red window. Mter all 12 pictures have been taken, wind about 6 turns to take up film and protective paper.
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Argus 75 has a "universal focus" lens. This means the camera does not have to be focused , and all subjects 7Yz feet to infinity will appear in sharp focus.
For "close-up" pictures, a portrait attachment, available from your camera dealer, must be used. The Argus 75 lens mount accommodates an attach¥ment or adapter ring size 28.5 mm. Most portrait lenses will permit picture-taking at approximately 28" to 38". Copy lenses, usually marked 2 diopter or 3 diopter, permit picture-taking at approxi¥mately 15" to 18" or 11" to 13".
Further information and prices of these accessories may be obtained from your Argus dealer.
Taken at 71/2 feet, Taken at 18 inches, using no portrait lens Portrait 2D lens


Argus 75 may be used with filters to improve the render¥ing of clouds in pictures, or for obtaining unusual effects. As with portrait and copy attachments, the proper size mount is 28.5 mm. The information below will aid in the selection of the proper filter for the desired effect.
Utht Yellow Verlchrome, Plenachrome, Panatomlc X Average landscapes or distant subjects
Dark Yellow Verlchrome, Plenachrome, Panatomlc X Sea or snowscapes, distant mountain scenes
Dark Yellow Plus X, Supreme Average landscapes or distant subjects
Green Plus X, Supreme Average landscapes
Red Sa,.r XX, Superpan Press Average landscapes or distant subjects

Yellow and green filters yield a natural effect; red filters produce dramatic effects with dark skies and help to reduce haze. Filters used with color films are described in literature furnished with each roll of film.
Argus 75 may be used to take pictures with flash bulbs
without special adjustment. Synchronization is built-in
and the only extra equipment required is the Argus 76
Flash Unit. This unit merely plugs into the camera, like
plugging in a la mp and you are ready to take flash pictures.

To use the Flash Unit, first unscrew the lower end cap and install two standard flash light batteries. (The correct batteries are the size of a quarter.) Be sure the batteries are fresh. Weak batteries may flash the bulb, but the flash may not synchronize with the opening of shutter.
To attach Flash Unit to the camera, insert flash contact pins into the holes on the side of the camera. The camera is automati¥cally synchronized. Cau¥tion: do not have a flash bulb in Flash Unit when attaching.
I t is recommended that the film be ad¥vanced before flash bulb is inserted. After attaching Flash Unit to the camera, a flash bulb may be inserted in it. Clean flash bulb contact. Push bulb 111 as far as it will go.

For snapshots (set camera shu tter on INST; see page 10) , a nd use Genera I Electric, Westinghouse, Sylvallia, or aliter flash lalllps with the designa¥tiolls showll below (SM, SF, No.5 or Press 25) . If subject is lllOYll1g, SM or SF lamps produce besl results.
FILM SM or SF No. S Press 25
Kodak Verichrome 7 '12 to 9 feet 10 to 15 feet 12 to 18 feet
Kodak Plus X . 8 to 12 feel 12 to 18 feel 15 to 20 feel
Ansco Plenachrome .
Ansco Supreme .
Kodak Super XX .

Ansco Superpan Press
When using Kodacolor film (outdoor type) , the GE No. 5B flash lamp is recommended at 3 Yz to 4 feet (a portrait lens is necessary for use at this distance) . These distallces are based on manufacá ltlrer's recomlllcndations for avcrage subjects in mecli lim colored rooms.
To take pictures with flash, check the dis¥tance to be sure you are neither too close nor too far, and follow the instructions on page 12.

After the flash picture is taken, the flash bulb may oe ejected auto¥matically oy pressing the red button at the top of the Flash Unit. This prevents burned fingers.
The threaded bushing on the base of the cam¥era permits the use of any standard tripod with Argus 75. It is a useful accessory for time exposures.

To protect Argus 75, a genuine leather carrying case is pro¥vided as an accessory. I t is designed to per¥mit use of the camera without removal, in¥cluding use of the flash unit.

Your Argus 75 camt:ra was thorough¥ly inspected and tested I;>efore it was shipped from our factory, and when purchased from an Authorized Argus Dealer, it is fully guaranteed for 90 days from the date of purchase against de¥fects in workmanship or material.
If this camera develops defects in material or workmanship during' this period, it will be repaired or replaced (our option) without charge.
This guarantee is void in 'the event the camera has, been damaged th rough accident, misuse, mishandling or for reasons beyond our control.
Authorized Argus Dealers sell new Argus equipment at full list price; used or rebuilt equipment sold at less than listpriceis notguaranteed by thefactory.
Argus Cameras. Inc., Ann Arbor, Michigan
Part No. 75292 Printed in U. S. A.
90áM 10-52

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