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Argus C4 (Geiss) | by Gabo Barreto
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Argus C4 (Geiss)

This is my Argus C4, in my opinion the most beautiful rangefinder camera ever made in America (more than its sisters the C44 and The C44R).


My example is one of the modified by Geiss in Chicago between 1954 and 1956 to make them able to use other lenses. Originally they had only a fixed f2.8/50mm coated Cintar that you can see in the camera.


I also have a Enna Werk Tele Lithagon f4.5/100mm (on the left) that is a very nice portrait lens and came with its own metal hood. There are three other lenses that fits this camera, all made by Enna Werk in Germany, The Lithagon f1.9/45mm, the Lithagon f4.5/35mm and finally the Lithagon f3.5/135mm. Maybe one day I will have all of them, but they are hard to find here in the UK.


The auxiliary Argus viewfinder on the the right can be used with 35, 50, and 100 mm lenses and has paralax correction (in feet), I believe that it was made to be used with the Argus C44R, but it works well for me.

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Taken on July 7, 2010