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Argus A2F
France Version française
Photos by Sylvain Halgand text by Sylvain Halgand. From the collection of Sylvain Halgand. Last update 2020-11-26 par Sylvain Halgand.

Manufactured or assembled in USA from 1939 to (After) 1939.
Index of rarity in France: Rare (among non-specialized garage sales)
Inventory number: 625

See the complete technical specifications
Chronology of cameras Argus 

The Argus-series are 35 mm (with the exception of a newer model made of plastic and which is a 126, not shown here) made of bakelite (for the front part) and metal (for the back) . The rear part made of metal is completely removable. The lens is mounted on a retractable, spring loaded tube.

On all Argus A ( except FA) , the rear part is decorated with geometric "Art Deco" designs.

On the A2F , the optical exposure meter is topped by a rather elaborated calculation table . Sliding tab has a small arrow to be put in front of the index of the exposure meter which is bright enough . This arrow is visible on the picture of the rear part of the camera .

The upper part of the tab is a rail wherein are sliding two zippers . One is calibrated to indicate the sensitivity of the film , the other (on the top of the photo) for the aperture. The top should overlap the lower to hide the figures above that of the film sensibilities. This figure sensitivity should then be positioned in front of one of the four indices of cloudiness ( Bright , Average , Cloudy , Light Int . ) Which also slides the upper scale and position the aperture figures in front of the shutter speeds.
The trigger on the lens / shutter block is strangely done because the kind of cap unscrews and you can then screw a cable release .
Finally, and this is what distinguishes the A2F from an A2B , there is a distance adjustment ring at the base of the lens barrel.

Model Caracteristics Years

A   1936-41
AF Focusing 1937-38
B (in spite of its name, it belongs to the series of the A) - Lens f/2,9 1937
A2B With extinction meter 1939-50
A2F With extinction meter Lens f/4,5 1939-51
AA   1940-42
A3 Redrawn body with rounder design. It seems not made of bakelite. 1940-42
FA Different body 1950-51

Argus A2F

Argus A2F

Argus A2F