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06-APR-2011 Walter O. Koenig

April 6

Minox GT

I won this little camera, reputedly the smallest full-frame 35mm camera ever made, in a sales contest ca. 1983.
At the time I was going to sell it right away, as I was using SLR cameras and did not see a need for the Minox.
Before selling it I decided to shoot one roll of film with it. I was so impressed by the results I kept the camera.
For years I carried it my suit pocket or briefcase and had wonderful results with it. A definite worthy predecessor of point and shoot cameras with a very good lens.

Here are some technical specifications on the camera I found on the net:

Type 35mm compact camera

Size 100 mm x 61 mm x 31 mm (W x H x D)

Weight 200 grams (with battery)

Image Format 24 x 36 mm (W x H)

Lens Minox Color-Minotar, 35 mm f/2.8, no filter thread (proprietary filters simply push on).

Diaphragm Leaf diaphragm, continuously adjustable f/2.8 to f/16.

Focusing Manual scale focusing 3ft/0.9m - infinity.

Shutter Speeds 1/500 second, longest speed dependent on film speed, e.g. 15 seconds with 25 ISO, 1 second with 400 ISO. Backlight switch to double the exposure.

Viewfinder Direct finder with needle scale, markings for 1/500, 1/125, 1/30 second, shading to indicate over-exposure and slow speed warning.

Film Loading Manual, whole back slides off to load film.

Film Transport Manual dual stroke lever.

Flash Contact Hot shoe, X synchronised, automatic time switching to 1/90 second.

Tripod Socket 1/4 in.

Battery PX 27

Nikon D700 ,Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
1/250s f/2.8 at 70.0mm iso1600 full exif

other sizes: small medium original
Paolo Peggi (aka Bracciodiferro)16-Jul-2016 21:14
In my pocket every day,around the world during '80 (during my job free time). Serious problems with the shutter reliability... damn!
Paolo (v)
J. Scott Coile08-Apr-2011 16:41
I would love to have one still.
LynnH07-Apr-2011 14:31
I have heard of this before, but it's been a long time. Can you find batteries for it anymore?
bill stunden07-Apr-2011 12:51
I had one of those! Great little camera! Nice presentation! V
Wolfgang Bluhm07-Apr-2011 05:41
Very cool. How many megapixels? Just kidding!
Jean-Claude Liehn07-Apr-2011 04:55
A good old one.
Bryan Murahashi07-Apr-2011 04:39
A very neat little film camera.
an nguyen07-Apr-2011 03:55
Minox is a cool thing .
Cindi Smith07-Apr-2011 03:27
Very cool! I like this little camera.
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