New: Minox Slide Film Processing in progress
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Thank you for all the feedback on the new alumunium cassettes. We are about to design our third model: cassettes to fit all Minox cameras to take a film 9.2mm high. Our current cassettes take film 9.0mm high: most cutters are 9.2-9.4mm. These will be dark green and I am anticipating testing Christmas 2023.
These tiny sub-miniature cameras continue to hold their fascination
long after they stopped being industrial/espionage tools.
They are the only 1930's sub-miniature camera which can be used easily today as they can take any film type without holes and sprockets to guide the transport.
When buying an expired Minocolor 100/400 cassette, we suggest you reload the film. The film is too old and is physically deteriorating. Black and white film may be OK but the older the film the less the speed. Reduce film speed by 50% every 10 years of age.
Every Minox 8x11 model can produce good results, so the defining factors are ease of use and price. A 1941 VEF Minox is an investment and treasure to own but they are fragile after 80 years.. Whereas a 1997 LX or C is cheaper, and offers both missing features. Use A VEF camera by all means, but treat it carefully.
Shutter: T,B, to 1/1000th second (*LX 1/2000)
Lens: 15mm F3.5 (EC/ECX 15mm F5.6)
Automatic Exposure: C, LX, EC,TLX,CLX
Close Focus 0.2cm,7"
Size: 58/109 x 28 x 16mm (C model longest/EC shortest)
Weight 56-110 grams (EC/Riga high and low)
Exposure meter: BL,C,EC,LX,TLX,CLX
Battery (BL PX675, C,EC,LX,TLX PX27,EC-X CR2/N)
Hard to find fully working and in original condition. Be careful buying above serial 15k-17k, as these were assembled from parts found in the late 1980's. Takes our special grey cassette.
Originally with five element Pentar lens. Minox replaced most of these with four element Complan lenses. Almost impossible to find in original unconverted condition with original filters and black shutter blades
Common, popular reliable camera. No meter.
Very common over 330,000 sold.
The best value for money and practical camera. Automatic exposure and shutter interlock stopping blank frames.
The photgraphers' Minox. CdS meter in manual mode. 17,000 made. Highly sought after now as it allows exposure overrides and a mechanical
A redesign: smaller, 1/2000th top speed, Silicon Blue Cell metering. Safer shutter release to stop fingers moving over the lens
The smallest and easiest to use Minox.
The most secret Minox. Updated high resolution lens. less than 4k made.
Made for winners of competitions in the 1960's (lower quality finish) and special cross-hatched models for notables and prominente (Politicians, Royal Families, some politicians). We can still service these models.
Also, made for winners of competitions in the 1960's (lower quality finish) and special cross-hatched models for notables and prominente (Politicians, Royal Families). We can still servcie these models.
The Minox selection (1988) was gold plated camera, and flash, with nice case. The gold finish rubs easily. We recommend the 1995 model which a much better gold finish, similar to the Gold B's. From £1000
An amazing 'industrial' finish. Brass then Platinum. We have one in stock in unused condition, boxed and with slip-case. £1300
1 in stock
The most collectible Minox. Sold sliver construction: shiny, and quite slippery. Not the most practical camera to use, but purchsed as an investment. Guide prices £2-3,000
Hard to find mechanical shutter camera with no meter, in a truncated LX body. Nice to use as modern lenses and shutter interlock make this a better deal than the 'A'. But priced from £600 upwards
Anti-scratch black finish. Gold plated dials. Under-rated model. Some came with a Mont Blanc pen.
The best black LX. Luminuous dials, anti-scratch finish. No gold in this one! HArd to find. Guide price £1500 with watch. £1100 without.
For the focusing lens cameras, we believe there is a sweet spot in performance of 6-7 feet or around 2 meters. Even the first instruction manual for the VEF camera recommends this. The 15mm F3.5 lens also can enlarge A5/A4/A3 documents to life size in high resolution. The lens is less suited for infinity performance, purely because of the expected level of detail in a negative only 8x11mm.
We have seen thousands of Minox negatives over the years. The very best ones are taken at 2 meters. Important: keep that finger away from the lens.
We are happy to announce that testing of a new slide film processing service is now under way. Using a partner, who has the throughput and continuous operational processing machinery to offer Minox sized processing for E6 slide film, we are starting tests.. If it works we are prepared to offer a scanning service with a monthly frequency.
There is also a limited supply of original Minox projectors, slide mounts and viewer cutters for the UK market: Making a 35mm slide adapter for Minox 3x3 slide holders should be easy now.
More details and results to follow in October.
Customers with E6 films waiting for us to process them may not have to wait much longer.
We will continue to offer Colour negative and Black and White processing.
The Cassette Refill service will also continue.
We have just received the prototype of a new robust metal cutter made in Australia. The cutter will cut two strips of Minox film each 9.0mm high or one strip of 16mm film.
With improved guides for the film, and slit to hold the 35mm film firmly in place. It’s manufactured mostly from aluminum and plastic components. There’s a plastic film guide in the centre which has a funneled opening to help with film loading.
The output end has a winder that sits in open grooves to make removal easy once the film is wound on. The collar just holds everything in place to start but is not really needed. After some practice, once some film is split and pulled through the winder, the film leader can be trimmed off so that the final rolls of film slide off separately when done. The winder can be reversed to the left side if required and for that matter the unit can be used with the winder at the bottom.
It can also be removed, and the film just pulled through if slitting bulk film.
The blade carrier uses standard No. 10 or similar scalpel blades and are replaced by
removing the clamp bolt, removing the blocks if needed and swapping the blades over. Be careful when doing this as the blades are sharp. Make sure all the blades are the same length before clamping them up. An easy way to do this is push them flush at the blunt end (top of blade block) This allows the proper amount of protrusion.
introductory Price £299. Additional 16mm block £40 + £299 for 8x11 block or 16mm block, £239 for both 16mm and 8x11mm block