The Argus Seventy Five was produced by Argus in the USA, beginning in 1949.
The main body was molded from plastic (perhaps bakelite), while the film door is a painted metal casting. The front panel and viewfinder hood are in a contrasting satin-finish metal. A cloth neckstrap is permanently attached to the top of the body.
Images were 6x6cm on 620 film. While essentially a simple camera, it did feature double-exposure prevention, as well as a clever reminder when the film has been wound: A red-painted shutter blade is visible through the taking lens only after the shutter is cocked. Frame spacing relied on a simple red window, however.
The lens was branded as a 75mm Lumar, and was a single meniscus element in front of a fixed aperture of approximately f/11. Next to the shutter release, a small slider selected between "Inst" (instant) and "Time" (actually bulb).
A standard Argus Seventy-Five kit would typically have included a leather protective case, flashbulb holder (mounted with two pins 1-3/16" apart), and a slip-on accessory "portrait" lens to focus in the 3 to 4 foot range.
The final version of the Seventy-Five in production until 1964 received a modest redesign of its graphics, becoming the Argus 75. Argus also offered two higher-specification variations on the Seventy-Five, adding a focusable lens: the Argus 40 and the Argus Super Seventy-Five.
Owners hoping photograph with a Seventy-Five using currently-available 120 film will find that a 620 take-up spool is required. It is impossible to fit a 120 spool into the take-up compartment, as its dimensions are too small in all directions. However, a fresh roll of 120 can just barely be squeezed into the supply compartment, perhaps with some trimming down of the spool flanges. Comes with original leather case
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