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Argus Model 21 Markfinder Holiday Images

This solid little camera, 35mm format, was a radically new design for Argus of Ann Arbor in the postwar period.
Made in the late 1940s.
Well-conceived brightframe view finder, easy to aim, with a cross visible in center of image area.
Circular metal leaf shutter, with speeds from 1/10 to 1/200 second, plus B.
A real hotshoe for flash! with two delay selections, either M class bulbs, or F class bulbs.
Lens is f:3.5 coated Cintar, 50mm focal length. Marked apertures from f:3.5 to f:16. Focus markings from infinity to 3 feet, and it will actually focus down to about 2 and a half feet.
Lens is removable and interchangeable, in a unique thread size mount. However, for unknown reasons, Argus never marketed any other lens selections for the Model 21. Too bad.
The standard 50mm lens is quite sharp, with good contrast and good flare resistance.
These photos were shot with Serial No. 00060293. It is a later design Markfinder, which means that it does not need film in the chamber to wind the shutter.
Film used was Walgreens store brand ASA 200 print film.
I did not use any flash with this series. Indoor shots were either extra long exposures, or assisted with a Sun Gun movie light.

This was the first roll of film and first classic camera that I have used for this Holiday Season of 2009.

Please click on thumbnail images to see enlarged.
All images are 2009 E.J.Kowalski.
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