setting the shutter
The numbers on the shutter speed dial represent fractions of a second-l is 1 second, 2 is 1/2
second, 125 is 1/125 second, etc. The dial can be turned in either direction, at any time, to the
desired speed. Be sure to set the dial on the detent of the number, not in-between numbers.
The color of the shutter speed numbers have significance when taking flash pictures (see page 11)
and when using the Argus SLR Exposure Meter (see page 14). See page 4 for information on using the
Band T setti ngs for time exposures.
The selection of the shutter speed depends on the subject, the film, and the amount of light.
Normally, use 1/ 60 or 1/ 125 second for general scenes. If there is a small amount of subject
movement, use 1/ 250 second. When there is considerable subject move¥ment (or when taking pictures
from a moving posi¥tion), use 1/ 500 second or 1/1000 second. Use the slow shutter speeds under
extreme low-light condi¥tions (with camera firmly supported). See page 5 for more on shutter
speed-lens opening combinations.
With the shutter dial on B, the shutter will remain open as long as the release is held down. Use B
for brief time ex¥posures. Set the shutter speed dial to T for lengthy time exposures. When on T
the shutter will open and stay open when the release is depressed. To close the shutter, turn the
dial to B. Always use a tripod or other firm support when mak¥ing time exposures. A cable release
(which screws into the shutter relea;;e button) helps prevent camera movement.
The self-timer lever allows you to take delayed-action pic¥tures. To delay the firing of the camera
shutter about 8 to 10 seconds, just move the lever down as far as it will go. The delay can be
adjusted by depressing the lever anywhere from half-way down to full down. To start the self timer,
push the button on the self-timer lever. Do not use the camera shutter release. The timer will work
at any time, but will trip the shutter only if the film has been advanced.
The size of the lens opening (f/stop or aperture) that will be set the instant you take the
picture is determined by the position of'the lens opening ring. Just turn the ring until. the
desired lens opening number is opposite the index mark. The ring can be set on the detents (cl
ick-stops) or between numbers. The correct lens opening to use for different films and lighting
conditions can be found by using the Argus SLR Exposure Meter or by consulting the film instruction
The lens opening-shutter speed combi nations that wi II give the proper exposure are automati¥cally
calculated when using the SLR Exposure Meter. Fi 1m in¥struction sheets usually give just one
combination. When you desire to use a faster (or slower) shutter speed, you must also change the
lens opening. Increasing the speed by one that you open the lens by one the exposure recommendation
is 1/125 second at fi B, then you can also use 1/ 250 at f / 5.6, 1/500 at f14, or 1/ 1000 at f /
2.B. To use 1/60 sec¥ond, close the lens down to f/1l.
focusing and taking pictures
Hold the camera to your eye with the palm of your left hand supporting it and providing a grip on
the focusing ring. Use your right hand to steady the cam¥era, and your right index finger to
operate the shutter release. The camera can be held horizontally or ver¥tically to best suit your
Turn the focusing ring until the split image in the clear center spot is aligned. (See
illus¥trations at right.) You can also see the focus of the entire subject in the over-all
viewfinder area surrounding the rangefinder spot. With the film wound, squeeze the shutter release
slowly to take the picture. Use a tripod or other firm support for speeds slower than 1/30 second.
To keep the camera steady when using slow speeds, operate the shutter
with a cable release or by delayed action.
NOTE: When using infra-red film in your camera, first focus normally noting the distance on the
scale, then reset this distance to the red "R" on the depth-of-field scale (the infra-red focus
filIll record dial
The dial on the back of your camera provides a handy reminder as to the type of film you have in
Set the inner dial to either 20 or 36 depending on your film size. Use the red numbers for color
film, black for black-and-white film. Set the outer dial to the ASA film speed (exposure index) of
The illustration shows a 20-exposure roll of ASA 25 color film is loaded.
depth of field
The depth-of-field scale shows the range of sharpness for any distance and lens open¥ing. Look
opposite the lens opening you are using, on both sides of the scale, to find the near and far points
of sharp focus. A dis¥tance of 10 feet, lens opening of f /8, and a range of sharpness from 8 to 14
feet are illustrated. You visually see this by looking through the viewfinder and pressing the
depth-of-field preview button.
depth-of-field chart -58mm f / 1.7 Argus-Sekor
This chart can be used when you have to predetermine what settings will be necessary for a specific
sharpness range. Once lens opening is selected, shutter speed can be determined.
011 Distance focused on (all figures in feet) 30 15 10 7 5 4 3 2 ,
151.8 -00 25.1 ¥37.2 13.7 -16.6 9.4 ¥10.7 6.7 ¥7.3 4.9 ¥5.l 3.9 -4.l 2.96 ¥3.04 1.98á2.02
129.0 -00 24.4 ¥39 13.5 -16.9 9.3 -10.8 6.7 . 7.4 4.8 -5.2 3.9 ¥4.l 2.94 ¥3.06 i.98 -2.02
92.2 -00 22.7 á44.2 13.0 -17.8 9.0 -11.1 6.5á7.5 4.8 ¥5.3 3.9 ¥4.2 2.92 á 3.08 1.98 -2.02
64.6 -00 20.6 ¥55.4 12.2 -19.3 8.7 -11.7 6.4á7.8 4.7 -5.4 3.8á4.2 2.90 ¥3.l2 1.96 -2.04
46.2 -00 18.3 ¥84 11.4-21.9 8.3 -12.6 6.l -8.l 4.6 -5.5 3.7-4.3 2.86 ¥3.l7 1.94 -2.06
32.4 -00 15.7 ¥373 10.4 -27.4 7.7 -14.2 5.8 ¥8.8 4.4 ¥5.8 3.6 ¥4.5 2.78 ¥3.25 1.92 -2.l0
23.6 -00 13.3 -00 9.3 ¥39.7 7.l -16.9 5.5 ¥9.7 4.2 ¥6.2 3.5 ¥4.7 2.71 ¥3.38 1.88 -2.l3
16.3 -00 10.7 -00 8.0 -163 6.3 ¥24.6 5.0 -12 3.9 ¥6.9 3.3 -5.l 2.66 ¥3.54 1.83 -2.21
NOTE: These figures may not agree with those on the lens. This data is calculated on a more
critical circle of confusion of .0017". 8
To open the camera back for loading, pull up on the back latch. Push the rewind knob out by pushing
the shaft inside the camera body. Place the film magazine in the camera (protruding end of spool
down). Push down on the rewind knob, turning if necessary, until it snaps into place.
Turn the take-up spool with your thumb until the slot is on top. Slip the end of the film leader
into the lower part of the slot (illustration 1). The film leader should be positioned so the bottom
sprocket engages the film perforations.
Holding the film so it won't slip, turn the rewind crank in the direction of the arrow until
resistance is felt. This takes the slack out of the film magazine. Turn the take-up spool with your
thumb (to left) about one revolution to be sure the leader is securely fastened (illustration 2).
Check to see that
You can use any type of 35mm film (size 135), loading 20 or 36 exposure, color or black-and-white.
the film perforations are engaged with the sprocket teeth. Close the camera back. The exposure
counter wi II show "S" for start. Move the wind lever a FULL stroke (illustration 3), press the
shutter release, and continue this operation until the counter shows 1. You are now ready to take
the first picture.
Be sure to move the wind lever through a FULL stroke for each picture.
If you accidentally go past the last expo¥sure on your film, and the lever will not go through a
full stroke, DO NOT force it. Release the wind mechanism by pushing in on the rewind button on the
bottom of the camera, then finish the stroke.
The exposure counter will automatically reset itself to "S" whenever the camera back is opened for
When exposure counter reads 20 or 36, and you have taken that last ex¥posure, rewind film back into
maga¥zine BEFORE BACK IS OPENED. To do this, press in on rewind button on camera bottom (it will
stay in) and unfold crank in rewind knob. Rewind film until you feel it leave the take-up spool.
Continue a few turns to be sure all film is rewound. Open back, lift knob, remove film.
Your camera's flash outlets will accept any flash unit or electronic flash with a PC-type cord. Use
"X" outlet with electronic flash units and Class M or Class F flashbulbs at 1/ 30 second or slower
only. Use the "FP" outlet with Class FP (focal-plane) flashbulbs at speeds from 1/60 to 1/1000
second. See your flash unit instructions for guide numbers and other flash information.
rellloving the lens
To remove and replace the camera lens or any of the accessory lenses, hold the camera as shown.
Press and hold the lens release button, turn the lens 1/ 6 turn counterclockwise, then lift off. To
replace, align the red dot on the lens with the dot on the camera body, press the lens in gently and
turn it clockwise until it clicks into place. Check to be sure the lens is firmly locked.
specifications "" a
" Lens: 58mm f/ 1.7 Argus-Sekor; 6-element, coated CL
and color-corrected, bayonet mount, automatic dia¥phragm; lens openings from f /1.7 to f /16.
c: Shutter: Focaláplane type, speeds from 1 to 1/1000 3
second plus Band T. Synchronized for all flash¥
bulbs and electronic flash. Built-in self timer. a => Flash synchronization: X delay at 1/ 30 sec.
or slow¥er; FP delay at 1/60 to 1/1000 sec.; X and FP outlets. Use Class M and F flashbulbs at X
Lens Accessories: Screw-in filters and sun shade; screwáin adapter ring available from dealer.
Other features: Size 6" x 3\18" X 33;4", weight 36 oz. with normal lens, 23112 oz. body only;
accessory lenses include 135mm f/ 2.8 telephoto and 35mm f /2.8 wide-angle with automatic
OWNER'S IDENTIFICATION CARD
For further information on the operation of your Argus SLR, or for service or replacement parts, see
your local Argus deal¥er or authorized service location (back page) or write to:
CUSTOMER SERVICE DEPT.
2080 LUNT AVENUE
ELK GROVE VILLAGE, ILL.
When writing, be sure to men¥tion you have the Argus SLR and list the serial numbers found on
the camera top cover and the front of the camera lens.
care and cleaning
Your Argus SLR is a precIsion instrument and deserves the best of care. Do not store it where there
are extremes of temperature or high humidity. If the camera is to be stored for a period of time,
press the shut¥ter release to rei ieve the shutter tension.
Protect the inside of the camera when the lens is removed. Never touch the surface of the reflex
mirror. If it needs cleaning, use a fine camel's hair brush or a gentle stream of air. Do not wipe
the mirror's surface with
any kind of material.
Th e fine lens on your camera should be kept clean. Blow the dust off first, then use a soft brush
or wipe gently with a lens tissue. Use lens cleaning fluid sparingly.
SLR telephoto lens
135mm f/2.8 telephoto with automatic diaphragm, depth-of-field preview button, open ings from f /2.8
to f / 32, leather carrying case.
SLR wide-angle lens
35mm f/2.8 wide-angle with automatic diaphragm, openings from f/2.8 to f/22, depth-of¥field preview
button, leather carrying case.
SLR exposure meter
Clips to the top of the camera and couples to the shutter speed dáial. In¥stantly removable. Fi
1m speed range from ASA 6 to ASA 1600. Perfect for both normal and low-l ight read ings with all
types of co lor and black-and-white films.
Argus unconditional guarantee
Your Argus SLR 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, Argus, 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 liabil ity 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 Servi~e Department, Argu s,
Incorporated, 2080 Lunt Avenue, Elk Grove Village, Illinois, or their' authorized service location
listed below. The date and place of original pur¥chase 'wust be included, along with a description
of the difficulties encountered.
Many app1~~nt product difficulties are actually a matter of incorrect usage. It is always wise to
see 'y'oyr Argus dealer before returning the product for servicing.
CUSTOMER SERVICE DEPARTMENT, ARGUS, INCORPORATED
METROPOLITAN NEW YORK
WESTERN STATES AREA
2080 lunl Avenue, Elk Grove Village, Illinois
106 Wesl 32nd Streel, New York I, New York
3410 Soulh laCienega Blvd., los Angeles 16, California
215 liltlefield Avenue, Soulh San Francisco, California 1021 Easl Pine Street, Sealtle 22,
Washington Davis Drive East, Newmarket, Ontario