FOR Manufacturer Documentation Contributor Notes
WA/Tele combo frame finder C/C2/C3 Mansfield "for argus C-3" V. Fitzgerald 
Quick-release idler gear C2/C3 Geiss-Amer. need to ask Vaughn V. Fitzgerald 
PC socket adaptor C3 "in Germany" found on Argus C3 John Cline
Photar Light Meter any Argus Argus box and logo Phil Sterritt 
Lever Wind Attachment C3 Accura "for Argus C-3" argus@... 
Pocket Extinction Meter any Argus "Argus, Ann Arbor" jdudley@... 
Proximeter II C3 Schneidar "Argus C-3" on case j.adolfi@... 
Plunger Release Button A Argus Code AREL, C. 1937 Kirk Kekatos 
Underwater Housing C3 Seahawk "Argus C3" casting Ted Hays 
Filter Kit for Argus C-3 C3 Kodak "for C-3" on box Phil Sterritt
flash extension cord C3 Ralph Ramey see note  Ralph Ramey 
CBS Focusing Adaptor C3, 21 CBS Lab. 1955 Pop Photo Guide Bill Persing 
relfex housing and bellows C3 Cam. Imp. Aug, 1955 Pop Photo Phil Sterrit 
Stereo-Tach C3 ? 50's photo mags Phil Sterrit 
Slide Copier VI-50 C3 Accura "for Argus" inst. George O'Neal 
Arguskit (ARKIT) w/AB Argus Argus Brochure Phil Sterritt 
Microsope Adaptor (AXMET) A Argus Argus Brochure Phil Sterritt
Argus Red Filter (FILRED) A Argus Argus Brochure Phil Sterritt 
Argus Enlarger E (ENLO) A Argus Argus Brochure Phil Sterritt 
Lens Accssory Kit (CEKIT) C Argus Original C brochure Phil Sterritt 
Lens Accesory Kit (SOMTA) A Argus Argus Brochure Phil Sterritt 
Lens Accesory Kit (SAFFO) A Argus Argus Brochure Phil Sterritt 
Argus Safety Screw (SAFE) A Argus Argus Brochure Phil Sterritt 
Arguslide Proj. (SLIPRO) any 35mm Argus Argus Brochure Phil Sterritt
Arguslide w/case (SLIPCO) any 35mm Argus Argus Brochure Phil Sterritt
Glass Slidekit (SLIKIT) any 35mm Argus Argus Brochure Phil Sterritt
Arguslide Binder (SLIBIN) any 35mm Argus Argus Brochure Phil Sterritt 
Slidekit + Binder (SLIBIK) any 35mm Argus Argus Brochure Phil Sterritt
Argus Redycase (REDCA) A Argus Argus Brochure Phil Sterritt
Argus Zipper Case (BLANKA) A Argus Argus Brochure Phil Sterritt 
Argus Zipper Case (SWAKA) A Argus Argus Brochure Phil Sterritt 
Argus Delux Case (LUXCA) A Argus Argus Brochure Phil Sterritt
Super Redycase (CECA) early C Argus Original C brochure Phil Sterritt
focusing mount Argus A Don Ad 1939 Pop Photo Mike Reitsma 
f3.5 aux telephoto (big) C3 Hagon "fits C3" ebay text ebay 
universal finder Argus Accura "for Argus" on box Bob Kelly 
iris diaphram contol C-C3 EdnaLite "for C3" in inst. Mike Reitsma 
extension tube set C-C3 Accura "for C2/C3" on box Mike Reitsma 
filter & lens shade set C-C3 Waltz "for C3" on shade Mike Reitsma 
EA enlarger A Argus instruction book Mike Reitsma 
EA-2 enlarger A Argus Pop. Photography Mike Reitsma 
Argostat enlarger C-C3 Argus Pop. Photography Mike Reitsma 
"macro attachment" ? Argus Lahue and Bailey Mike Reitsma 
Techniscope copy device ? Argus Lahue and Bailey Mike Reitsma 
coupled rangefinder AF Laub Lahue and Bailey Mike Reitsma 
Speed-O-Copy C-C3 Shull Lahue and Bailey Mike Reitsma 
Rapid Wind for C4 C4 Accura C4 on box Bob Kelly 
Flash to PC adapter C3 unknown fits a C3 Bob Kelly 
Tripod adapter A unknown fits Argus A Bob Kelly 
Flash Extension Cord C3 unknown "C3" on the box Bob Kelly 
Flash Synchronizer NO 2 C Ley clearly made for C Fred Schwartz 
"Telephoto Aux Lens 35mm" C-C3 Gruenex fits a C3 Phil Sterritt
35mm Aux Telephoto Model A C-C3 Spiratone fits a C3 Phil Sterritt 
Wide Angle Aux Lens Model A C-C3 Spiratone fits a C3 Phil Sterritt 
Tripod adapter A-series Wm. J. Grace fits A Phil Sterritt 
Argus C,C2,C3 Filter Kit C-C3 Tiffen labeled on box Phil Sterritt 
Model G Precision sunshade C-C3 Chess-United labeled on box Phil Sterritt 
Self timer all Kopil labeled "for Argus" Phil Sterritt 
Lens shade C-C3 Argus labeled on box Phil Sterritt 
Argus 24mm Adapter Ring A2 Argus labeled on box Phil Sterritt 
Copy lens A/A2 only Argus labeled on box Phil Sterritt 
Dark yellow filter 4x C-C3 Argus labeled on box Phil Sterritt 
Light yellow filter 2x C-C3 Argus labeled on box Phil Sterritt 
Ultra-violet Haze Filter C-C3 Argus labeled on box Phil Sterritt 
Model C Portrait Attachment C-C3 Argus labeled on box Phil Sterritt 
Model C Copying Attachment C-C3 Argus labeled on box Phil Sterritt 
828 film adapter TLRs unknown no labeling Phil Sterritt 
Slip-on Lens accessories M Argus labeled on case Phil Sterritt 
Argus slide kit all 35's Argus labeled on box Phil Sterritt 
PreViewer slide viewer all Argus labeled,instructions Phil Sterritt 
Micrograin Easel all Argus labeled Phil Sterritt 
Jig-A-Mat Easel all Argus labeled Phil Sterritt 
 This table is only for accessories that do not fit into the
categories that already exist in the website. The existing
categories are interchangagle lenses, finders, light meters,
and flashes. Argus codewords are in parenthesis if known.
 Used to grasp the diaphram dial on the front of the C/C2/C3.
Says "Chess United U. S. A." on it.
 Comes in nice little wooden box that says "for C2/C3." Three
lengths that screw together to make various magnification
 Says "FOR ARGUS C3" (engraved on lens shade). Contains UV,
light yellow, dark yellow, daylight->type-A-film (light orange),
and photoflood->daylight-type-film (dark blue) filters. All in
a nice leather carrying case.
 This enlarger was made to use the Argus A as the lens assembly.
If you didn't have an Argus A, Argus sold a lens assembly that
could be used with the enlarger. A couple ACG members have the
latter product in their collections, but no one to my knowledge
has the "EA" enlarger shown on the Argus instructions.
 Mentioned in Glass, Brass, & Chrome by Kalton C. Lahue and
Joseph A. Bailey, pages 149-150.
 Mentioned in Glass, Brass, & Chrome by Kalton C. Lahue and
Joseph A. Bailey as a copy stand and microsope adaptor,
 Clamps on a C4 film advance knob with set screws to provide thumb advance.
Has a ASA reminder wheel on top.
 Small molded plastic device. Prongs stick out to fit the C3 flash sockets.
On the opposite side is a PC connector. Used to convert to a flash with
a pc cord.
 A clamp on device to provide a tripod mounting plate on the bottom of
early Argus A which did not have a tripod mount built in.
 "Koiled-Kord" allows the standard C3 flash to be held in the hand away
from the camera. About 24 inches long, standard C3 flash prongs on one
end and about 24 inches long, standard C3 flash prongs on one end and
standard C3 flash receptical in a molded plastic shape on the other end.
In a plastic box.
 Found in Popular Photography equipment guide, May 1940. Looks like the
 Found in Popular Photography equipment guide, May 1940. This enlarger is
somewhat similar in appearance to the EA and EA-2, but takes the C-C3
lenses rather than the A camera as the projection lens.
 I bought a C this summer with a flash synchroniser on it. It's a flat
piece of black plastic ( bakelite? ) about 5/16 inch thick on the lower
left of the front of the camera (looking at the front of the camera). It
is L shaped, with a chrome L shaped piece along the f\left side and
bottom and has a screw through each end of this L pice into the camera
body for attachment. There is a recessed two-prong connector in the left
edge to take a flash cable. The bakelite piece has a little notch that
fits up against the pin under the range finder wheel and a curved notch
to fit around where the idler wheel would be on the C2. Contact is made
through an arm bolted to the top of the shutter cocking lever that
contacts a brass pin in the bakelite when the shutter is fired. I took a
picture of it, but black-on-black just didn't show much detail. The
chrome trim piece has "LEY SPECIAL NO 2" stamped into it. Do you have
anything like this so far?
Further info on the Ley Synchronizer, from May, 1940 Popular Photography
(Directory of Photgraphic Equipment) page 186:
"Specially for Argus Models C and C-2; synchronizes at speeds up to1/200th
sec., 7" adj. aplanatic reflector; quick change socket; battery case;
synchronizing switch. Price, with batteries, $5.00. MFR., Ley Photolite
Co." From index at back of issue: "Ley Photolite Co., 1627 Carmen Ave,
Chicago, Ill." [There is a photo showing the L-shaped mechanism that
Fred described mounted near the shutter cocking lever.]
 "Made in Japan"
 Manufactured by Wm. J. Grace, Dallas TX. Attaches to bottom two lens
mounting screws of model A.
 Includes aperture adapter ring, lens shade that screws in even with
aperture ring on and takes series V filters, selection of filters.
 Also a filter holder. Box says "for Argus C, C2, C3 Leica 50mm Elmar f:3.5."
 Standard cable release thread. Says "for Argus" on its plastic box.
 "Part No. C-100"
 Also engraved Argus on ring 1878 on box.
 Also engraved Argus on ring, "Part S-3" on box.
 "Part No. C-63 Code Word-CEFOR" on box.
 "Part No. C-61 Code Word-CETU" on box.
 "Part No. C-81 Code Word-CETRA" on box.
 "Part No. C-77 Code Word-CIPOR" on box.
 "Part No. C-78 Code Word-CICOP" on box.
 Slip-in metal film plane mask and adapters for film spool ends.
Came with one of my Argoflexes, but could conceivably be TLR-generic.
 Fits Model M only. Includes portrait & copy lenses, 2x yellow filter, lens shade.
 Slide binders, glass and cardboard. Instructions mention available "Arguslide
Binder" which "semi-automatically seals the slide glasses together ..."
 From the Sylvania era.
 11x14" darkroom easel with cropping blades and built-in grain focuser.
 8x10" "speed" darkroom easel with various shaped numbered removable
sections for making photo montages.
 This viewfinder fits in the accessory shoe, the finder without masks
is for 35mm, quarter size masks are added to the front for normal and
tele. The box says " Model 50 for Argus, Other 35mm cameras With 50mm
 I lost track of what member contributed this one.
 From May, 1939 Popular Photography, page 116:
Don Precision Focusing Mount
"Focus your Argus exactly from infinity down to
3 ft. by means of a screw ring, like higher-priced
minicams. We use a microscope to adjust the DON
MOUNT on your Argus. Only $2.50. Write for free
THE KENYON PATTEE COMPANY, INC.
From index at back of issue:
"Kenyon-Pattee Co., Inc., Sawbrook, Conn."
 The Arguskit includes:
AB camera, lens shade S-1, portraint attachment S-2, copy attachment S-3,
yellow filter S-4, yellow filter S-5, rubber lens cap S-6, lens accesory
case S-7, 2 "slidekits", one "Arguslide", one "Arguskit" utility cabinet,
Model E enlarge, Model CP Projector. Codeword ARKIT, part no. K-2. List
 This kit includes (from original S-F-switch C brochure):
CINSE C-60 lens shade
CETU C-61 2X yellow filter
CETRI C-62 3X green filter
CEFOR C-63 4X yellow filter
CEFI C-64 5X read filter
CABA C-71 cable release
CINCA C-65 leather accessory case
List price $10.00
 According to the Argus brochure, this is an infrared filter (must be
almost black) and "it is absolutely necessary that the red filter be
used with infrared film" though earlier in the description it says it
gives "the much desired dark sky effect with panchromatic film."
 The Arguslide Binder is a jig for alligning the components of an
Arguslide. "Molded in aluminum and sponge rubber which semi-automat-
ically seals the slide glasses together quickly and neatly."
 Screws into tripod socket of Argus A to "prevent possibility of
camera accidentally falling out of case."
 BLANCA is the codeword for the black leather zipper case. SWACA is
the codeword for the suede zipper case. These have a belt loop like
the cases for a cellular phone or calculator.
 Argus Lens Accessory Kit SOMTA (S-8) includes:
SUNSE S-1 lens shade
SORCA S-2 portrait attachment No. 3
SOPLU S-3 portrait attachment No. 2
SILSA S-4 yellow filter 2X
SELRO S-5 yellow filter 4X
SUBSU S-6 rubber lens cap
SARCI S-7 lens accessory case
 The SAFFO Lens Accessory Kit (SAF-8) is "for Model AF only (same as
S-8 without portrait and copy lenses which are replaced by red filter
and safety screw)." [Who's got a rational explanation for this one?]
 The Argus Enlarger (codeword ENLO, Part No. AE, Model E) is 35" tall
when fully extended and had a shipping weight of 14 lbs. List Price
was $12.50 contemporary with the early A cameras.
 Quote from Phil Sterret:
Speaking of accessories, I found this on pg. 123 of the Aug 1955 Popular
Photography. Camera Import Corp. of NYC offered the following "Brand New
"Argus C-3 Reflex Housing with EXTENSION BELLOWS, converts your Argus to a
Single Lens Reflex System. Parallax-free viewing for Telephoto, Close-up
and Macrophotography. Incorporated focusing eye-piece, accepts all lenses
and accessories....... $35.95"
Also available in the same ad under the Argus C-3 Accessories section:
Telephoto and Wideangle Attachment for Argus C-3..... $14.95 each
100mm f4.5 Sandmar telephoto..... $36.95
135mm f3.5 Telephoto Lens...... 39.95
Adapter Ring, and Three Filters for Argus C-3..... 6.95
35mm f4.5 Wide Angle Sandmar..... 36.95
Stereo Attachment for Argus C-3..... 12.95
There is a very small, indistinct (almost generic) line drawing of the
reflex housing and bellows -- none of the other accessories are illustrated
or further identified. I also saw the Stereo-Tach accessory for the C3
C3 advertised in 50s-vintage photo mags, both by itself (around $25.00)
and in Spiratone ads.
 George O'Neal had (and since sold) a model VI-44 for 44mm lenses. The instruc-
tions for this device showed the model VI-50 and indicated that this model
was for use with the Argus C3.
 Documentation from Bill Persing:
CBS Focusing Adapter. Adjustable focusing body with inner and outer
lens seats providing 1 1/4 in. travel of lens for use with Leica,
Contax, Nikon, Argus, C2, C-2 and 21, Tower, Canon, Nicca, Leotax,
Tanack 35, Kardon; also Exakta, Exa, Alpa, Praktica FX, Praktiflex FX,
Pentacon, Contax S & D, Rectaflex; permits working distances from
infinity to 5x magnification; includes adjustible focusing body with
lens plate, spacer, and clamping ring; designed for use with 35-mm
cameras and Focaslide, Speed-O-Copy, or Stewartry copying attachments,
and for use with reflex cameras mentioned above. Price $45. Available
accessory includes CBSTAR 50-mm f/3.5 coated lens in sunk mount with
front diaphragm adjustment; price, $30. MRR., CBS Laboratories, 561
Crescent Avenue, Buffalo 14, N.Y.
[There is a small picture of it on (alas) an Exakta; it seems to be a
large metal tube with a couple of smaller tubes coming out the end.]
 An amazing story from Ralph Ramey:
Because a side-of-camera mounted flashgun afforded no ability for light from
other directions or room for exposure adjustment with old Kodachrome, I built
a flash extension cord for my C-3. I was working in a camera store at the
time, and the Argus salesman (whose name eludes but I want to say herb Hall)
as if he could sell them for me. I said yes and I made them and supplied them
to him for several years. I had 3', 6', and 10' lengths. A couple of years
ago, I found one on a junk close-out table in a Peoria camera store. It was
still in the envelope that I had supplied it in. Needless to say, I bought it.
I had not seen one for thirty years.
 Sent from Mail Form posted at:
(ACG HELP FORM) ACG, I NEED HELP!!
(YOUR NAME NAME) Ted Hays
(YOUR E-MAIL) email@example.com
I need help!!! Some time ago I was given an Argus C3 in what I believe
is a cast aluminum underwater housing. I have not been able to any info
on this housing other than the compny that made it went out of business
a long time ago. The housing is blue. The lens says it is a Mark II made
by Seahawk Products. "Argus C3" is casted on the front of the housing (the
letters stick out). I'm looking forward to hearing from you folks.
Thanks in advance for your help....TED
 An item found on ebay:
This accessory is for the Argus C-3 35mm. camera. It is the
Proximeter II. Designed as a close up attachment for the Argus.
The range of the close-up is 20-13 inches. The attachment comes in
two pieces: 1.) Two lense front attachment. 2.) Underlying piece
that attaches to the bottom of the camera and a rod that extends
out in front of the camera to secure the front piece (1.). All in
excellent like new shape. Comes in a brown triangle case and this
fits in a brown box (original ) with the wording on the front.
Instructions are included. the words Schneider of Hamburg Germany
appear on the unit. Please pay by money order and add $4 shipping.
My Dad bought this in the 1950's and hardly used it and has been
stored all these years.
 An item found on ebay:
This is a small Argus plastic slide rule with a rotating
extinction meter dial riveted to one side. 1" wide by 3-1/4" long
by 1/8" thick. To use it you move the slide on the back to the
extreme top, out of the way of the viewing hole. Then you look at
the scene you are viewing through the hole while rotating the
extinction dial until your scene just barely disappears. Now you
read the number at the index arrow and turn the dial over. You
find the scale (of four) on the back right side that corresponds
to your light conditions and slide the slide until your Weston
film speed is opposite the extinction number you observed. (Weston
= ASA x 0.8.) Shutter speeds and apertures are now read off the
left side. Simple, eh? But how else can you carry an exposure
meter unnoticed in your shirt pocket. Both the meter: and its
leather sheath are in excellent condition. On the front is printed
in red and black "Best Exposures" are made with ARGUS cameras *
Argus, Ann Arbor, Michigan".
 An item found on ebay:
This is a neat little gadget, which is an after-market accessory
for your Argus C-3. Instead of turning the knob to advance the
film with this attached, you just use the ratcheted advance
lever.It attaches to the wind knob with a set screw.
 From Phil Sterritt:
Just got a brief description of a light meter sold by Argus,
pre-war period most likely. It's called the 'Photar', and he
describes it as a bakelite 'box' with a dial not unlike the one
on the A3/CC, calibrated in Weston speeds. It came in a blue
Argus box and has the Argus logo. Sounds like it may have been
made by someone else and sold by Argus. Something to look out
 Hi Bob & ACG,
In a recent posting I stated that Argus sold these as an
accessory. Argus codeword AREL:
Plunger Release Button, price: 28 cents in 1939. Kirk
 From Vaughn Fitzgerald, via Phil Sterritt:
Vaughn Fitzgerald, avid snailmail member, mentioned the
following items after I sent him your latest accessories list:
Accessory For Manufacturer
Spring coupling gear C2/C3 Geiss-America
-- a 'quick-change' replacement idler gear to simplify lens
changing. Not sure how it works, but presumably easier
than unscrewing the OEM version.
Combo WA/Tele finder w/ C/C2/C3 Mansfield
-- metal frame multi-lens finder that clips on top of the C3.
Regarding the 35mm Zeika lens, Vaughn also mentioned that he
has a 'Zeika Optco Tokyo ROJAR' 80mm f3.5 lens in Exakta mount.