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1965-1966. 126 cartridge, viewfinder camera. Distributed through the jewelry trade.

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 2003-02-28
 B
 $13
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by bill339 » Fri Oct 07, 2016 5:38 pm

The camera was introduced by Argus in 1965 and discontinued in 1966. Argus was the first brand to follow Kodak at the launch of the cartridge 126. The camera weighs 13.4 ounces and the Dimensions are 4.75"x2.25"x2.75" and uses 126mm film. It has a flash socket on the top center of the camera under a flip up shield with a flash bulb eject lever in the back. The socket takes the AG1 cap less type flash bulb for black and white photos, AG1B (the B stands for blue that omitted the yellow cast of the clear tungsten bulbs that was not a problem with B/W photos) plus the high powered AG3B also for color photos and were used on many cameras of the era. Later models of the Instant Load series used a Flash Cube mount like the Instant Load 264. The flash is powered by two N type batteries held in a compartment with a sliding cover on the bottom of the camera. The f2.8 lens is an Argus coated Cintar and focus range of 3 feet to infinity. This Instant Load 260 also has a thumb lever film advance, a ¼” 20 thread tripod mount, and a large shutter button on the front of the camera. The camera pictured here is in fine condition and worth $15.00 in 2016.

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