Argus C3 Matchmatic

A very popular collectible made even more popular by its appearance in the 2nd Harry Potter movie.

This is just a cool camera, from its impressive dials and gears, to its nifty two-tone skin and bright chrome trim. This example is shown topped with the clip-on selenium meter.

 

Because of its shape (and weight), the Argus C3 is affectionately known as "The Brick".

 

Made from 1958-66.

Natalie, BK koh and 64 more people faved this
  • Jesse Yardley 7y

    What a beautiful piece of photo equipment!
  • Jean-Luc Elias 6y

    This Argus set me on collecting old camera's!
    Great design and pure nostalgic feel when using it.
    Great colection of camera's you have! Have a look at my collection...

    www.pbase.com/jle56
  • John Kratz 6y

    Wow!!

    Jean-Luc, you have a GREAT collection! I'm jealous!!
  • Kira Sheker 6y

    Truly beautiful. On my "must have" list!
  • louiesbath 6y

    very gorgeous!
  • Michelle Jellison 6y

    I was just given this exact same model. It belonged to a family member, and they know I like photography. I just read that the case is part bakelite. Cool camera, and great shot!
  • John Kratz 6y

    Thank you Michelle!
  • sandro47 6y

    Excellent!!
  • rodney shackelford 5y

    I have one of these that my father had.
    I'm in the process of restoring it to it's Like new luster.
    Yours is a beautiful example of a new one.
    Thanks for sharing so I can get some reference.
  • Ben Gordon 5y

    Looks wise this puts all modern DSLR cameras to shame, well maybe not the Olympus Pen!
  • Chris Grover 5y

    I just found this camera in my grandfathers garage. Nice condition too. But I don't understand... where's the usb plug in? :p
  • John...'s 5y

    Nice collection, another C3 owner/fan, here...
  • J.D. Rose 5y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Argus C3, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • ☆★ picturemaker ★☆ 5y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called brown + tan cameras only !, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • jonathan thorpe 5y

    awesome i have two of these with the working flash
  • Drew 5y

    Thats ace it looks like a small tobacco tin with bit glued on.
  • A.Ruiz 4y

    looking mint
  • Carole W 4y

    Looks like it had a lot of bells and whistles for the time. Neat camera.
  • Tyler 4y

    I have inherited one of these from my grandfather, including the same light meter and the flash. Yesterday was the first time I put film in it (and the first time it's been touched in 30-something years!). The shutter still works perfectly. Can't wait to get these shots developed...
  • Hans Kerensky 3mo

    On behalf of Camera-Wiki :
    Thanks for adding your image to the Camera-Wiki Flickr group !
    www.flickr.com/groups/camerawiki/

    It appears here in the non-commercial Camera-Wiki :
    camera-wiki.org/wiki/Argus_Match-Matic_C3
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