Vintage Argus Automatic 8 Electric Eye 8mm Movie Camera w/f1.8 13mm Lens

  • $39.97

Vintage Argus Automatic 8 Electric Eye 8mm Movie Camera w/f1.8 13mm Lens


Compact movie camera comes with a Cinepar 13mm f/1.8 lens.  The sensitive electric eye automatically sets the correct exposure.  It comes with a neat built-out and in sunlight filter and comes with a copy of the instructions.

Approx. Dimensions: 

Camera: 5-3/8" L x 5-1/8" W x 2-1/4" D


Approx. Weight of Camera: 01 lb, 14 ozs 


Sold as is. No warranty. No Returns.


CONDITION NOTE: Used: The camera is in good condition given its age.  Please add that I tested the camera with 4 AAA batteries (not included).  Everything worked. The camera has scratches and wear and comes with an empty film spool. The inside film loading area is clean.  Tested with roll of film and runs smoothly but did not actual film and then develop the film. The lens optics appear clean and clear with no scratches, chips, streaks, fungus, fog or haze that I can see (see pictures). The camera does not come with its original lens cap, original box, original packaging, or actual original instruction manual. It does come with an internet copy of the camera’s instructions. The camera will be carefully packed and insured for safe shipping. See detailed high resolution (zoom-able) pictures to know what you are purchasing.


Argus is known for its C-3 line of “brick” shaped cameras that became a best seller of theirs for over 27 years. It was originally founded as International Research Corporation in Ann Arbor, Michigan in the 1930’s making industrial products.  After over 90 years, they are still making camera today.  They are making the new generation of internet digital cameras.  The newest, of which, is the Argus DC3000.  The Argus Collectors Group is a marvelous resource for everything Argus.  See:

One of the amazing finds for vintage camera & projector enthusiasts! The cameras are part of many items acquired from the Cairo Camera Shop.  Please check often as many more become available in the near future.

BACKSTORY:  Frank G Cairo, Owner of the Cairo Camera Shop  

Frank Cairo moved from the Bronx, New York to Kenosha, WI in 1943.  The next year, after getting married, he acquired the neighborhood grocery store next door and made it into Cairo Camera Shop.  He operated the store for over fifty years until his death in 1997.

He loved cameras, projectors, movie stars and movies and was the photographer for the local auto workers union. He began collecting 8, 16 and 35mm films.  Eventually, Cairo Home Movies became the largest private film collection in Southern Wisconsin.  In addition to renting films and projectors, one could hire him to do a movie show, with films, from his library, at Christmas events and parties. In the summers, he had free outdoor movie nights for neighborhood kids. If you would like to see a 5 minute video about Frank Cairo and his camera shop as told by his son, see: