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Manufactured in Japon from 1966 until 0.
Index of rarity in France : Rare (among non-specialized garage sales)
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Argus 264 Instant Load

Argus was the first brand to follow Kodak after launching the 126 cartridge. For this, the brand gave the manufacture of its model 260 to Mamiya. This one was quite evolved, better than most Kodak 126 devices of the moment. There followed a series of several models also manufactured by Mamiya (257, 264), then others (270, 284) manufactured by Sedic. To provide a full range of 126, Argus was also partnering with Balda to deliver low-end devices.
The 264 is the evolution of the model 260. The latter, equipped with an AG-1 bulb, was considered outdated when the flashcube was introduced (1966 by Sylvania). Argus then modified the 260 to use the flashcube. The other technical characteristics remained strictly identical.
The exposure control is fully automatic determined by the sensitivity of the film.