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The Spartus 35 and Spartus 35 F are a series of 35mm film Viewfinder cameras made by Spartus and then Herold Mfg co. in Chicago, USA., and produced between 1947-1954. [1]

The original black version of the body bears a strong resemblance to the Argus A. Later Spartus "35" models from Herold Products switched to a gray & silver body style somewhat reminiscent of the Kodak Pony. Their bodies is Bakelite. There are many different lens & shutter combinations of the Spartus 35 and 35 F. The most expensive model offering an f/3.5 coated anastigmat lens, four shutter speeds from 1/25 to 1/150 sec. plus T and B. But, commonly the cameras have a simple manual scale focus, one speed shutter (Inst 1/50 / Time) and 50mm f/6.3 (or f/7.7) lens with apertures f/6.3-7.7-11-16. Also,there were many cosmetic variations of the body during its manufacturing period. The "F" designation indicated a top flash sync connector bolts on the top plate. Late Spartus 35 models also have connector holes or bolts for dedicated bulb flash units on the top.


This data belongs to the camera c.1954 in the photos

  • Lens: 50mm f/6.3 filter slip-on
    • Aperture:(no scale or ring on the lens), setting: rotating plate with 4 holes corresponding the aperture numbers f/6.3-7.7-11-16, by wheel under the lens-shutter barrel, markings on it: cloudy, hazy, bright, dull
    • Focus range: 4-20 feet +inf
  • Focusing:manual front focusing, guess the distance
  • Shutter: Simple spring rotary shutter, one speed, Instant (1/50) +T (B), setting lever on the shutter
  • Cocking lever and Shutter release: by the same lever, for instant press once and release, on the lens-shutter barrel
  • Frame counter: on the top plate, manual setting, not works wo/film in the camera
  • Winding knob: on the top plate, double exposure prevention
  • Viewfinder: reverse telescopic finder, in the top housing
  • Re-wind knob: on the top plate
  • Re-wind release: knob on the back cover
  • Flash:Dedicated Spartus bulb flash unit, fits to the two holes on the the top plate
  • Flash PC socket: none
  • Back cover: removable, opens by a latch on it
  • Tripod socket: 1/4"
  • Body: Bakelite; Weight: 408g w/flash unit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. McKeown's 12th Ed. p.899

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