As always, should you or any of your I.M. Force be caught with a Minox, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions" Your laptop will self-destruct in 5 seconds
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Have had three Minox cameras, all purchased for separate projects. Two projects have been very successful; one only moderately so. Have sold two and relinquished ownership of third (without removing first roll of film). I would love to have another, but find I can take pictures just as surreptitiously with my "dumb" phone. None of the Minox pictures were works of art, but served their purpose. Only questioned once about carrying one - by TSA in Honolulu!?
Knew of them but never saw one in person.
Thanks for the interesting link.
Closest I ever got to one was the Minolta 16
Similar idea but I doubt it was executed as well.
The high school friend who used one very consistently had grainy, blurry prints.
I was not impressed- I shot a lot of medium format, though I was the opposite of stealthy.
Nicksr...Thanks for that link to the very interesting and complete article about the history, capabilities and usage of the legendary...and somewhat mysterious Minox 'spy cameras'. I'm sure that most of us have seen these tiny devices pictured in movies from the 50's and 60's...anytime a "mission" involved getting some photos from behind 'enemy lines', a Minox was often the 'weapon of choice.'
I am a Flickr Administrator of a Group called "Minox Sub Miniature". The name was picked to help screen out the much more modern Minox 35mm camera and help keep the focus on the vintage "Spy Style" models. The link to the Group is https://www.flickr.com/groups/1261527@N20/
There you will find a lot of photos both made by...and pictures of, Minoxes. There are some of the most devoted fans of this vintage camera posting there and you can see the quality...(or lack thereof)...of these tiny devices. Keep in mind that the negatives are 8.5mm x 11mm, about the size of a frame of the 8mm movie cameras that were popular in the 50's and 60's.
The Group also has a lot of photos of collections of Minox cameras...and the extensive range of gear. There's also a lot of discussion about processing this mini-film, both at home as well as the few commercial labs that still offer this service.
Personally, I've always had a fascination for these small and intriguing cameras and have a small collection of them myself. From eBay a few years back, I have obtained a nice Model B (the most popular one...some 300,000+ were sold) as well as a tripod, copy stand, binocular clamp, flash, remember those? This flash uses AG-1 bulbs..I'm sure your local drugstore has plenty of these!!. I also have a couple of the very complete manuals that explain in great detail all of the features and uses of this system. And..NO...I have never taken any actual pictures with this camera. Most of the examples, even the best ones...are nowhere near the quality that can be obtained today with even "entry level" cameras...set aside the savings on film and processing. Example...a 36 exp roll of ASA 25 in a Minox cartridge will be in the $22-$25 range. But...they are so darn CUTE....!!!
So...I'm just waiting for a cable from HQ giving me orders for my next clandestine assignment......whoops, I've already said too...m..u..
I considered the Minox, the Rollei 35 before I bought the Olympus XA in 79.
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