From 1938 VEF made glasscine then plastic wallets for storing and viewing negatives. 50 exposure walles until 1968, then 36. Hobbbies makes its own wallets once stocks had been exhausted from Minox. There was a matching viewer to examine the negatives at high illumination.
VEF made a daylight developing tank in 1938 that was continued production until 1990. Tanks are plentiful but be careful that the edges of the tank spiral are smooth. Thermometers are easy to find. Minox used a Kaiser model, the 4081, which cost £20 for replacements. Minox brabded thermometers are much more expensive.
VEF Minox understood that the 8x11mm negative needed special procesisng and enlarging equipment, so from 1938 until 1990, dedicated enlargers, developing tanks and wallets were made to support the format. On the left is detail from my original VEF Minox enlarger.
8x11mm film is 3 times smaller vertically and 3.2 times smaller horizontally than 35mm film. So you can fit 9 8x11mm negatives onto 1 35mm frame, This means that even modern scanners and DSLR/Mirrorless digital copying formats struggle to fulfill a Minox negative's promise.
The enlarger must match the camera model that took the picture. This is because camera models had different film plane lenses (straight/film lens/curved), so Minox made enlargers to match the cameras. See variants table.
The Model I and II works best with the A,B and early C cameras. The model III works best with the later C, BL, LX EC, TLX, and CLX and VED Minox.
The VEF Riga I enlarger in working condition with complete lens set and fully is worth over £5k. and rising. The Model II VEF enlarger is so hard to find that a price is impossible to put on it. The Model I enlarger is aalso rare, but do not last as well as the bakelite models.
The Model II starts for about £225 but rises ot £300 because later Model II enlargers were improved with a more efficient illumination using the same bulb.
The Model III had a further improved ilumination system and generally starts at £275. See our new enlarger reclamaion project for news on the enlarger
Early model with no diffuser.
Add £25 for diffuser
Add £25 for Model II upgraded lighting
Add £80 for Model III
Add £ for a tank
Add £1 for a Hobbies Wallet
Add £4 for an original Minox Wallet.
With new Kaiser compatible thermometer
Add £10 for 50 exposure spiral (pre-1968)
Manual also downloadable
Add £1.50 for Hobbies Wallets (10% discount over 10 wallets)
Add £25 for negative viewer
Hobbies plastic negtative wallets holding 4 x 10 negative strips
Add £1.50 for 1970s Minox wallet
Add £2.50 for clear 1950's Minox wallet that can be scanned by a flatbed scanner.
See news on new clear wallets