The Argus C44 is a 35mm rangefinder camera produced by Argus as the follow-up to the C4, with the main difference being in the lenses. This camera comes with a 50mm f:2.8 lens attached.
The camera shared the same body as the C4, including that model's improved rangefinder/viewfinder.
The standard Cintagon 50mm f/2.8 was the first 4-element lens (Tessar-type) that the Ann Arbor factory produced. The design was said to have been computed with the help of an early digital computer, 'MIDAC,' belonging to the University of Michigan.
On a C44 lens, the fluting is not a focusing ring (it is only the lens flange on the body which rotates to focus). However grasping the fluted section will assist in attaching and removing the lens with a short twist. The standard lens is natively threaded for Series V accessories and hoods; where the 35mm and 100mm offer Series VI (and unfortunately for polarizer lovers, these rotate with the aperture ring).
The C44 employs a behind-the-lens leaf shutter (as do other Argus C-series models), offering 1/10–1/300 second and B. This fires with an unexpectedly noisy snap, not unlike a mousetrap closing. The camera's frame counter counts down, so the user must remember to re-set it to the correct number of frames with each re-loading (and attempt not to bump it accidentally after that).
A new C44 owner will search in vain for a rewind-release button. Instead, lifting and slightly twisting the advance knob disengages the film drive and allows the roll to be rewound.
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Manual can be found here.
Film for this camera can be found here
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