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Argus Autronic II is a 35mm film rangefinder camera made by Argus and produced between 1962–65

Argus Autronic series models:


Argus Autronic II 03
Argus Autronic II 01
Argus Autronic II 05
Argus Autronic II 06
Argus Autronic II 07
  • Lens: Argus Cintar 50mm f/2.8 filter thread 27mm
    • Aperture: AV3-AV9 (= f/2.8-f/22) setting: Auto; for manual or flash use set to appropriate number in the aperture window
    • Focus range: 3.5–40 feet + inf, (not marked on the camera)
  • Focusing: matching rangefinder images in the viewfinder, by turning the knob on front of the camera
  • Shutter: Compur leaf shutter, setting: ring and markings scale on the lens-shutter barrel: "flash" corresponds to 1/30, "scene" 1/60, "action" 1/125 and 1/250 and 1/500 (fastest speed), +B (not marked, turn the ring beyond the flash mark until it stops),
  • Shutter release: on the focusing knob, w/ cable release socket
  • Cocking lever: also winds the film, long stroke
  • Frame counter: manual reset, decreasing type, window near the cocking lever, a thumb wheel for resetting on the back of the top plate
  • Viewfinder: combined viewfinder/rangefinder, w/ parallax correction frame, exposure meter needle visible in the finder
  • Exposure meter: Selenium cell built-in automatic exposure control sets the lens to the right opening
    • Film speed range: ASA 10-400 setting: press the small tab and turn the ring on the lens-shutter barrel
    • Exposure setting: Automatic, set to A in the window by turning nearest ring to the camera, set the speeds ring for scene or action, indicator of the exposure meter directly visible in the viewfinder, it must be in the clear area, the red areas are for over- or under exposure warning
  • Re-wind lever: folding crank on the top plate, retractable into its hole
  • Re-wind release: lever on the bottom plate
  • Flash PC socket: on the left side of the camera with attachment for dedicated flash units
  • Flash setting: In the aperture window numbers 1 to 8 are aperture settings for flash (or manual operation), the same numbers are on the Flash Finder scale on the focusing knob also; after focusing read the number on it then set the same number in the window on the aperture ring; set the speeds ring to the flash marking if you use a bulb flas unit; at all shutter settings for electronic flash synch
  • Cold-shoe: none
  • Self-timer: none
  • Back cover: hinged, opens down by a grey plastic latch on the back of the top plate
  • Tripod socket: ¼"
  • Strap lugs: none
  • Body: metal; Weight: 865g
  • Serial no. stamped on the bottom of the camera body as a ten-digit number and the 4th digit shows the production year as 196X. Dating info in in Photonet


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