The 'C' was the biggest technological breakthrough in 8x11mm photography since the original VEF MINOX. It simplified the prcoess of using an 8x11mm camera with automatic exposure, a electronically-timed shutter and an interlock to stop blank exposures. The result was sales: 173,594 may have been produced. Even in 1981 the camera cost £300 (1981 price = £1,157 in 2020) in Jessops Leicester, where I saw my first one. Hmm: 1157 * 173,594 = £200m in 2020 money. So you have to ask yourself, what went wrong for Minox? (1988: they went into administration, 1996, again)
The 'C' was a huge step up from the 'B'
The extra length of the Minox C means that users avoid putting their fingers over the lens when taking the picture. You do not look through the lens when using ny Minox, but through the viewfinder. It is easy to place your fingers over the lens. Not until the Minox EC-X was a lens guard added to the camera front to warn users. Exposures are generally good with the stepless automatic exposure 'A' set on the shutter dial.
If you use the shutter manually, it will only work at the speeds on the dial,, no intermediate speeds are possible. There is a secret 'Bulb' setting if you set the shutter between 1/15th and 'A'.
Remember to remove the battery from the C if you are putting the camera way for some time. Battery leakage is especially damaging to this camera.
The chrome Minox C is good value for money. Not much more expensive than a Minox B, but much easier to use. Early chrome C models have the older lens and film plane, so quite unusual Black models are less common £200+ with early enamel based black C's are collectible. .Our models are guaranteed six (6) months.
With Case and Chain. 6 months guarantee. 3 in stock. (Chrome).
Add +£80 for anodised black version. 2 in stock. (Black)
1969 Prices New (2020 adjusted)
Chrome Camera $232 ($724)
Black Camera £259 ($1876)
1980 Price New UK Chrome £300 (£1157)
2020 Ebay Sold Price £40-249 Chrome/Black