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2018 is the 80th year since the VEF Minox was launched onto an disbelieving photographic press and public. We will be having several Riga evenings in 2018 in London where customers can bring their own models, or see our range of unusual Riga accessories, and of course, results.
We are planning a Riga rally with the largest number of working Riga's together, all authentic War models. It will also combine with a Minox-related television programme from the BBC.
Colour Photography with the Minox subminiature camera
This is from 1963: the advice remains good today.
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The 15mm f3.5 Complan lens of the MInox is anti-reflection coated and colour corrected. Hence, it is ideally suited for colour photography.
The following suggestions will be found helpful in getting fine colour pictures. The best lighting for colour pictures is that which reaches the subject from the dierction of the camera. Avoid dark shadows.
Colour pictures should preferably be taken in full sunlight. Morning and afternoon light gives the most pleasing results.Pictures taken during the noon hours have a tendency to be "cold" with a somewhat blueish cast.
Watch out for relflection. for instance: a white dress on a green lawn is not pure but will appear with slight greenish tinge.
Colour film requires more accurate exposure than black and white film. Use the meter as close to the subject as possible. When in doubt make two or three exposures with different shutter speeds. Under-exposure results in dark muddy colour tones; overexposure results in a pale negative or transparency with indistinct colours.
Using the Minox BL is recommended for colour - set the exposure to under-expose to start with in case your camera under-exposed. With LX class of cameras, use the ASA control to compensate for the reading.
More articles on rare Minox items coming throughout the year. We will do articles on using slide film, colour film and black and white.