ELECTRIC-EYE 8MM MOVIE CAMERA WITH ELECTRIC DRIVE
Mounting Socket Cover Lock
Viewfinder (on side
ASA Film Eye
Speed Dial Window
Ar~u~ Automatic 8
Here is movie-making in its simplest form. Just push a button and sparkling movies are yours -to be
enjoyed for many years to come. No winding, lens setting, or compl icated adjustments. It's all done
for you, automatically.
The important parts of your camera are shown at left. Read these simple instruc¥tions over
carefully before you try your first roll of film. Your Argus dealer can supply you with batteries
and film and will be glad to answer any questions you might have on using your camera.
Minor changes in the appearance of this movie camera may not be included in the illustrations in
Your Automatic 8 uses standard double 8mm roll movie film. Use daylight or indoor films which have
ASA film speeds of 10, 16 or 20, 25, or 40. Always load your cam¥era in subdued light-never in
direct, bright sunlight.
Turn lock knob counterclockwise, remove cover. Hold footage counter lever down and remove take-up
¥ Pull out 6 inches of leader from full spool. Shape film like diagram in camera, slip spool on
spindle, and slip film in front of spring-loaded pressure plate. Be sure film is seated under two
top guide screws.
Thread leader end into take-up spool (have three¥notch hole up), hold counter lever down and place
spool on bottom spindle. Rotate spool to fit notches on shaft.
Press the release button to be sure the film is moving properly. Close and lock the cover. Run the
camera (without taking movies) until the footage counter (edge of red area) indicates O. The counter
will tell how many feet (F) or meters (M) of film have been exposed.
Using thp Second
When the Footage Counter indicates 25 feet, you have completely exposed that side of the film. Do
not take any more movies. However, you must run the cam¥era until the indicator reads "E" before
you open the cover. In subdued light, open the cover, remove both spools, turn over the spool
containing the film, and reload the camera as before (see page at left). Be sure to run the camera
from "S" to 0 before taking movies on the second half. When the entire film is exposed (both sides),
unload the camera. Place the full spool of film back in its original can and take it to your dealer
for processing. Have film processed as soon as possible after exposing.
Tips for Taking
To take movies with your Automatic 8, just aim the camera at the subject and press the release
button. The needle in the viewfinder indicates if there is enough light for good pictures-need le in
the clear area indicates enough light, in the red area not enough light. Hold the camera as steady
as possible. "Pan¥ning," which is moving the camera while taking movies, should be done carefully
and very slowly to prevent jerkiness and blurring in the projected picture. Scenes should be at
least 5 seconds in length. If they appear too long on the screen, they can always be cut. Check the
foot¥age counter occasionally and stop taking movies when it ind icates 25 feet.
Press button to open battery compart¥ment. Any type of size "AA" penl ight batteries can be used,
but high-energy types such as manganese-alkaline will give longer life. Install batteries
accord¥ing to diagram. Keep spare set on hand and replace exhausted ones immediately.
Choosin~ Your FihÈ
The chart at right lists some different films available for your camera. Use day¥light-type film
for outdoor movies, Type-A film for indoor. Be sure to set film's ASA speed on camera. Type-A film
can be used outdoors with conversion filter over camera lens. See your dealer.
FILMS ASA FILM SPEEDS lDaylight ITungsten ASA 10 Daylight Films 10
ASA 16 Type AFilms 10' 16
Kodachrome" Daylight 25
Kodachrome" Type A 25' 40
Ansco Moviechrome 8 Daylight 20 (set 16)
Ansco Moviechrome 8 Type A 10'
, You must use Type-A fliter with these films outdoors_ See dealer. Set tungsten trim speed when
using movie lights or photofioods.
For further information on the operation of your camera, or for servicing or replacement parts, see
your Argus dealer or authorized service location or write to:
CUSTOMER SERVICE DEPT.
ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN
When writing, mention you have the Argus Automatic 8 Movie Camera, and list serial number found
INCORPORATED CHICAGO 4B, ILLINOIS
PART NO. 9288-6210
Your Argus Automatic 8 camera is unconditionally guaranteed by the manufacturer to operate properly
for a period of one year from date of original purchase. If, during this period, your camera fails
to operate for any reason, Argu s, Incorporated, will restore it to operating condition at no charge
to you. (This includes all parts and labor.)
This unconditional guarantee applies to the product itself. We regret that we are unable to assume
liability for loss of film or for other expense or inconvenience.
This unconditional guarantee' is valid only for the original retail purchaser and only if the
product is returned prepaid, directly or through an Argus dealer, to the Customer Service
Department, Argus, Incorporated, Ann Arbor, Michigan, or their authorized service location listed
below. The date and place of original purchase must be included, along with a description of the
difficulties encountered .
Many apparent product difficulties are actually a matter of incorrect usage. It is always wise to
see your Argus dealer before returning the product for servicing.
CUSTOMER SERVICE OEPARTMENT, ARGUS, INCORPORATED
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