Minox digital cameras

Discussion in 'UK Photography' started by aniramca, Jan 28, 2007.

  1. aniramca

    aniramca Guest

    I have an old 35mm Minox EL miniature camera, approximately 25+ years
    old. I check their website, and it appears that the company is still
    independent in Germany, and also produce digital cameras. I am just
    curious whether they still make good cameras, and still doing well
    with competitions from the Japanese cameras. I thought Minox is now
    part of larger German camera manufacturer, such as Leica or
    Rolleiflex.
    Thanks for info
     
    aniramca, Jan 28, 2007
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    Mike Russell Guest

    Very cool cameras. They were the camera of choice for movie spies.
    They're still around, barely. B&H still carries the old mini film camera, as
    well as a variety of accessories and scopes. Minox also makes tiny replicas
    of vintage cameras, a Leica M3, and I believe they also make a tiny
    Rolleiflex:
    http://www.imaging-resource.com/NEWS/1031944604.html
     
    Mike Russell, Jan 28, 2007
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  3. aniramca

    Neil Ellwood Guest

    You are thinking of the Minox A and the later Minox B. Both were
    sub-miniature cameras and were small.
     
    Neil Ellwood, Jan 28, 2007
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  4. aniramca

    Cgiorgio Guest

    Minox went into bankruptcy in 1988 but did not stop business and what
    remained was eventually bought by Leica in 1995. They are catering for a
    niche market. Their unique models (the toy replicas of Leicas, Rolleiflex
    and Hasselblad) are mainly made in the Far East, but to their
    specifications. They sell also a couple of OEM models from Premier Camera.
    Their 35 mm models were excellent carry anywhere models, the Minox 35 with
    its fiber reinforced plastic housing were lighter and smaller than the
    competitor Rollei 35 and also had an electronically controlled shutter. The
    P - models had program control. They all have a nice wide angle 35 mm / f
    2.8 lens. With the lid closed, a Minox 35 is about the size of a cigarette
    pack. It is matched in compactness only by recent digital compacts.

    By the way: Rollei also do not manufacture amateur cameras anymore, they
    also sell re-branded Far Eastern models. They are into scientific and
    industrial applications now.

    The same applies to former East German manufacturers, Pentacon/Praktica
    manufactures professional scanning cameras as well as optical and acoustical
    systems for industrial quality assurance, the amateur cameras are all made
    in the Far East, some models are possibly modified to their specifications.

    Seems the only remaining camera manufacturer is Leica, and they cooperate
    heavily with Panasonic. At least some of the high priced lenses are still
    made in Germany.
     
    Cgiorgio, Jan 28, 2007
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    Bob Salomon Guest

    Minox was purchased from the trustees by Rollei Werke. Before the sale
    was finalized Leica had the sale re-opened and won the bidding. Leica
    wanted to own Minox as Minox supplied about 30% of the parts of the
    higher end Leica slide projectors and did not want a slide projector
    competitor (Rollei) to own the company.

    Leica has since spun-off Minox and Minox has been independent again for
    the past several years.

    The original Minox EL was made by Balda and sold under the Minox name. A
    variation was also offered for sale under the Balda and other names for
    a short period of time.

    Later variations of the Minox 35mm cameras in the series were made by
    Minox.

    Minox makes no digital cameras but they do market digital cameras from
    the Far East under the Minox brand name. These digital cameras are also
    sold by other companies under other brand names. They are not a German
    product.
     
    Bob Salomon, Jan 28, 2007
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    Tony Polson Guest


    Late in 1996, the Minox management mounted a buy-out from Leica
    ownership. The Minox company is independent once again.
     
    Tony Polson, Jan 28, 2007
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    Paul Rubin Guest

    The Atmels are made by a company in the far east but I think those
    tiny replica cameras are from an Israeli company and now resold by
    Minox. I'm not sure where they are manufactured but since there are
    now digital versions of those replicas, at least those (the digital
    models) are likely made in the far east too.
     
    Paul Rubin, Jan 28, 2007
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  8. Wow, someone older than I am! The Minox B dates back to the 50's and
    was by no means the last subminiature model. I had a late 60's vintage
    model C back in the 70's and the TLX supposedly continues to this day.
     
    Scott Schuckert, Jan 28, 2007
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    Prometheus Guest

    Http://www.minox.com/index.php?id=16&L=1

    I have a Minox B with tripod & adapter, binocular adapter, right angle
    viewfinder adapter, film loupe. I purchased the Minox B to replace an
    Olympus tripe (yes, it was that b-a-d), as a go anywhere camera.
     
    Prometheus, Jan 28, 2007
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    Bandicoot Guest

    I got a Minox B, second hand, in the mid-eighties and had a lot of fun with
    it. I still have it and while it hasn't been used for years, I get it out
    now and again just to admire its smooth working and beautiful engineering.
    Nice lot of accessories you have there, probably worth a lot to a collector
    now.

    I also have the tiny Minox tripod which, with a cable release hidden inside
    it, folds to about the size of a fountain pen. I bought it on Galen
    Rowell's recommendation and have used it a number of times when I simply
    couldn't have carried anything bigger with me - it usually lives in the
    little bag that contains a Ricoh GR1v and a GR21.

    As well as the little digital cameras modelled on Leicas and Rolleiflexes,
    and the TLX and some other 35mm products, I beleive that Minox still makes
    (or, at least, brands) some quite nice pocket sized binoculars.


    Peter
     
    Bandicoot, Jan 29, 2007
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  11. aniramca

    Bandicoot Guest

    [SNIP]
    Not German, but there are other European camera makers. Alpa, Arca-Swiss,
    Silvestri, Hasselblad (sort of...), Sinar, Globus(?), Gandolfi. I'm sure
    this list is not complete. All are niche players of one sort or another.

    And doesn't Rollei still makes TLRs - at a price?


    Peter
     
    Bandicoot, Jan 29, 2007
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  12. aniramca

    J. Clarke Guest

    Don't see any TLRs on their site, but they have a medium format SLR as
    "special technology"
     
    J. Clarke, Jan 29, 2007
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  13. That's because Rollei isn't Rollei anymore. They recently split in an
    odd fashion, sort of a product arm and a marketing arm. Look here:

    http://www.rollei.jp/e/
     
    Scott Schuckert, Jan 30, 2007
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