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Minox ECMinox 69108 Binocular Accessories 8x11mm Power Pack
Binocular Accessories Features: -Power Pack. -Battery adapter includes 4 batteries.

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Part Numbers: 69108, MXBCKLX

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sendol 8:38am on Wednesday, September 1st, 2010 
36 negatives or transparencies from a 56-gram camera w/ batt MINOX GmbH, in Wetzlar, the manufacturer of cameras with the8 x 11 mm film format. There is a reason spies chose Minox When doing clandestine photography, small size, stealth and reliability are requirements.
rsf 2:06pm on Wednesday, August 4th, 2010 
There is a reason spies chose Minox When doing clandestine photography, small size, stealth and reliability are requirements.
wefuwang 9:48pm on Wednesday, May 12th, 2010 
Small in size, but big in function This little beauty is super simple, but does not lack in function.

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The Journal Of The Minox Historical Society
VOLUME 1, NUMBER 4, SERIES 2 Gratis to registered members of the MHS. To join, visit MINOX.ORG AUTUMN / 2002



AUTUMN / 2002

Dear Fellow Minoxfans!
the price of the camera will go to the MHS treasury to fund future activities. The cameras will carry special serial numbers from 001 to 100. Members will be able to select their own numbers on a first-come basis. Sorry, 001 is already taken; it will be placed in Minox GmbHs museum. Cameras will only be sold to paid-up members of the MHS. There is no restriction on the number of cameras a member can buy, although in order to give every member a chance to own one camera, we will limit acceptance of orders to one per member until October 15. After that we will fulfill orders for additional cameras in the order they were received -- however only one serial number can be selected by each member. You'll find ordering information at MHS will issue a certificate of authenticity to each purchaser when the cameras are delivered. At this point you may be asking Paid-up members. Whats that? Unfortunately, the MHS has run about as far as it can as a totally free organization. There are many things we would like to do including CDs of our scans of the first series of the Memo, regional meetings, and other things which may turn up and they all cost money up-front.
ome time ago I hinted that the MHS was negotiating with Minox in Germany for a very special offering for our membership. Since then production has been finished in Wetzlar, the kits are being assembled, the pricing has been set; and the shipping arrangements worked out. So, its time to whip the veil off the Special Edition MHS Minox EC Kit. If you just cant wait, go to to get a look at this terrific outfit!
Minox found a treasure trove of ECs and has assembled them into a never-to-be repeated special limited series of one hundred cameras just for the MHS. The kit includes the camera, a specially made belt case, a beautifully finished wooden storage case for the EC, a copy of the video The Minox is My Life, the Walter Zapp story, and a Minox display mat to show it all off to best advantage. Weve featured the kit on the cover of the Oct. 1 issue of the Memo. The price? Just 199.00 for the entire kit (depending on the day, thats US$199, plus or minus a couple of dollars), plus shipping. You can choose between FedEx shipping at about $50 and ordinary airmail for approximately $25.This puts this unique camera and its accessories in almost any Minox fanciers budget, and well in advance of Christmas, 2002. A small portion of
The Executive Committee members have paid all the expenses to date, including domain name registration and server costs out of our own pockets. But we cannot continue any longer. With the greatest reluctance, and after many painful hours of debate, the Executive

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Committee has voted to put the Society on a sound footing, charging $35 per year. That will give you monthly Minox FLASH reports, immediate access to the Memo (non-members will only get to see it several months after its out), and of course MHS bonuses such as the special edition EC. And youll also receive, as the work progresses, access to the treasure of Minox ephemera (including the first series of the Memo) being scanned, translated, and restored by MHS volunteers. You can pay your dues on line by clicking on the link Because of credit card formalities, the cameras can only be ordered by fax or snail-mail. Full information is on the web pages. When your executive committee was approached by Minox with the idea of producing a special edition, we thought carefully about which camera our members would like. We picked the EC over the ECX because of its more classic Minox shape, general elegance, and frankly because its a lot easier to operate unobtrusively using only one hand. The wooden display case was designed for us, as was the special belt case. The display mat is a great way to show off your collection and to demonstrate the MHSs close cooperation with Minox itself. Finally, very few Minox collectors have been offered a chance to own the Walter Zapp video, an engrossing look back at the 90-plus years of the man who invented the camera. Its great to be able to announce the first special edition Minox ever issued to commemorate a Minox organization! I hope every MHS member will want one and will take it out of its box from time to time and use it as it was intended: to take spectacular 8x11 millimeter pictures. Sincerely,

An Interview With Thorsten Kortemeier
John Watson, Jr. Vice President Thorsten Kortemeier is the Geschaeftsfuehrer (or President) and majority owner in Minox GmbH. While conducting such interviews is not a common occurrence for him, he was anxious to have the chance to talk to MHS members.
HS We very much appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts with us. The new Digital M3 is a real watershed camera for Minox. What do you see as its place in Minox's offerings? TK -- In the last two years the Minox Classic Camera line was quite successful for us. With it we inspired a lot of people outside of the traditional Minox 8x11 customer group to try the 8x11 system. Usually, however, the first reaction of somebody who sees the camera for the first time is: Is this digital? This made us think that the public is much more open to a digital classic camera, so we decided to add a new product line in that range. We will keep the 8x11 classic cameras in our program because we see there a different customer then for the digital version and we will introduce more 8x11 models in the future. MHS -- Are you partnering with Sharan on this as with the other 8x11 Classic Cameras? TK -- The Classic Thorsten Kortemeier Camera concept was born by some friends from Japan (Asanuma a wholesaler in Japan) and Minox during the Photokina of 1996. Together with the support of Leica it was possible to develop the Classic Camera Leica IIIf. Because of the high labor costs here in Germany we decided to find a partner for the assembly in Japan.
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Because Asanuma is a wholesaler in Japan and the distribution in the Japanese market is very complicated for foreign companies we decided that Asanuma would distribute the cameras exclusively in Japan. The version for the Japanese market was called Sharan. When we made the decision to build the digital camera it was clear that we would have to manufacture this camera in the same countries where all the other Japanese companies produce their digital cameras. Otherwise we would never compete with their prices. So we assemble the DCC M3 in Hong Kong and, so, can offer it under the retail price of the 8x11 Classic Cameras. The distribution in Japan will be through our Minox agency. For this reason it's not planed to offer a special Sharan version. MHS -- The dimensions on the digital seem to vary from the other Classic Cameras. Is there a reason for this? TK -- There will be many small digital cameras presented at Photokina this year. I guess the smallest will be the Fuji credit card size camera or the new Casio "Exilim." The disadvantage of these very small cameras is that they work with a special rechargeable battery inside, so if the battery is empty you have to find a power socket to recharge the battery. During this time you can't take pictures. Because of this we decided to use a standard lithium battery (CR2) so that if the battery ran out you just change it. This allowed us to keep the design of the Classic Camera M3 and only increase the depth by approximately 2 mm. MHS -- This being exclusively a Minox project, do you see other miniature digital cameras following? There have been rumors of a DLX floating around for some time. TK -- We have at the moment four more digital camera concepts in preparation, a DLX as well. Please understand that I can't mention more at the moment, but for a new DLX we need some more time because we think that potential customers have quite high expectations. MHS -- Do you have any idea when we may see some of these new cameras coming to market?

Of Fools, Riga Minoxes and eBay
Charles F. Trentelman Editor in Chief

re you a fool?

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remind you of those words in very large letters, in a letter from their lawyer. Examples are easy to find. Consider: You are browsing the submini section and see a really nice Riga Minox. It is "as close to a mint Riga as you can get" according to the description, which goes on to say "to put the icing on the cake, this one comes with the little zipper case, box AND the correct guarantee card, all filled in." Man! Original box? Original leather case? Guarantee card? What a deal!. But wait. What, really, does it say? It says THE case and correct box. It does not claim those items are the ones that camera was sold with. It does not, if you pay attention, even say they are old. Did you notice that? Those quotes are from an actual sale, completed on eBay in September, for a sum of something like $2,400. Did the bidder (it was made a private auction so the name was concealed) pay so much because he/she thought the box and case were original? I don't know. Were they? Again, I don't know. I do know that's about double what you'd expect to pay for a real nice Riga. I do know Minox Riga boxes found recently without proper markings are selling for $60 or so. I also know replica leather cases made in Italy are sold for a similar amount. This dealer, Duncan McMorrin, a Briton who lives in Sweden, recently had a public complaint lodged against him claiming this sort of problem. In mid-September of this year a Frenchman, Francois Guinand, posted a notice about Mr. McMorrin to the VEFRIGA email list. In it he complained bitterly about having purchased one of Mr. McMorrin's "near mint" Rigas in a private sale via computer only to discover, on delivery, that it was dented in two places and had a film cassette jammed in it. Mr. Guinand sent me his correspondence with Mr. McMorrin in which there are numerous assurances that the camera is virtually flawless. Mr. Guinand says he saw it was not, sent it back and, several months later, was still awaiting a refund. Meanwhile he saw the camera, which he still legally owned, put up for sale on eBay in September by Mr. McMorrin. The eBay description, very similar to the separate sale cited above, says it is "one from my own
collection" and "one of the best examples." As to flaws, it says "there are no dents or scratches except for a minute mark on one corner, which is so small you could own it for years and not even notice it!" Years? It took Mr. Guinand only moments. Mr. McMorrin was asked to respond. Mr. Guinand's problem?: "The email from Francois was a misunderstanding. He first wanted the Riga replaced with another one. When he finally decided that it was taking too long to find a replacement and he would prefer a refund, I was in the middle of getting married and then on my honeymoon, with no email contact..he will receive his full refund very shortly." As of this writing (Sept. 16) Mr. Guinand says he is still awaiting his refund. He insists that he first asked for a refund and Mr. McMorrin offered a replacement camera, to which offer Mr. Guinand had to insist on a refund, not wishing to wait for Mr. McMorrin to acquire another camera somewhere. The other accusations? Mr. McMorrin says the leather case sold to Mr. Guinand is genuine and the box, while "original," is not the one the camera was sold with but is one of a stock of "new" unsold ones recently discovered. The situation, unfortunately, is hardly unique. eBay horror stories abound. Yes, many people sell perfectly fine equipment on eBay, but some, either through ignorance or malice, do not. How to protect yourself? Scott Young, one of the MHS officers, sent me a long list of questions he asks every camera seller before he bids: details of cosmetics, mechanical workings, warranty, and so on. If the answers are wrong, or there is no answer, he does not bid. (See Article Page 8) And Scott, like me, does not wander in the airy reaches of the $2,000 auction. Sometimes being poor is a blessing. Con artists rarely go after a $20 mark. $2000 is so much more pleasing to the bank account. Which brings us, full circle, back to our $2,400 mint Rigas with their pretty little boxes and cases. Are they real? I don't know, have no way to find out, and don't much care. I do know that I wouldn't buy a car that cost that much money without having my mechanic check it over. I

wanting their money back. However, I can tell from your letter that you know what you're doing, so if you're not satisfied with the camera, send it back and I'll give you a full refund immediately". Needless to say, I bid on the camera, and was not disappointed in the slightest. 2. In two instances I received far more detailed and accurate descriptions of the camera, enough to let me know that they truly weren't mint condition cosmetically, but I was able to evaluate them well enough to decide that I could live with what they described. I bid with confidence, and was pleased to receive cameras that were actually better than I expected, and have proven to be wonderful little shooters with no problems. 3. A third transaction involved a lady who truly didn't know anything about cameras, and so her answers were as detailed as she could make them, but not accurate because of what she didn't know. The camera turned out to be trashed; she cheerfully returned my money in full, to include very generously refunding my shipping cost
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Photo by Mark C. Brown
and my return shipping cost to get it back to her (neither of which I had requested). I would buy from her again in a minute. It's a jungle out there; there are people who will look out for you, and make the experience a wonderful one, but remember, no one, but no one, will ever take better care of you than you yourself.

Minox Film Slitters

t is an axiom of photography that you should take lots of pictures because film is cheap.

The China Boy #1

Minox film costs about $7 a roll, which isn't bad for someone who goes through half a dozen rolls a year. But for people like me, who have two or three cameras going at once and shoot several dozen rolls a year, it adds up. Cutting your own film from 35 mm can cut the price to as little as 50 cents. A variety of slitters are available to do the job and all are pretty easy to use. All you need is one of these, a darkroom and some empty film cassettes and you are on your way. John Watson and Charlie Trentelman have reviewed the four most common. There may be others -- One list a while back discussed how to make a Minox slitter out of an old Exakta Camera, for example -- and we welcome contributions in the future. The initials of the reviewer follow each slitter name. The China Boy Slitter (JW) Currently I have found three models of this slitter (though there are apparently four), commonly seen on eBay. There are dedicated 8x11 and 16mm versions, as well as a combination version. Upon receiving my China Boy #1, which is the combo version, I was immediately disappointed. First, the box it comes in is obviously ink jet printed and cut from card stock. It was not very professional. I was
not buying a box though, so I tore in. When I saw what was in there, the box was very representative. The CB1 slitter is made of thin ply wood panels, assembled with inexpensive brass screws. It was very poorly painted with black gloss spray paint, and had a very fragile feel to it. This was obviously not made in a factory. But I did not buy looks. I bought a film slitter. So how was it at that? The cutting head is billed as "ceramic", which may be true. It appears to be badly molded plastic that has been filed down to size. The blades are standard one-sided razor blades. The width seemed to be good. Unfortunately immediately I saw a major issue. While you can get two rows of 8x11 film strips from standard 35mm stock, this slitter only gave or 8x11 OR one 16mm strip. This effectively cuts the usefulness in half. The film is fed through channels that run under the blades. There are cutouts so the film cartridge fits right in on one end. The blades are then pressed down and run the length of the film. This is somewhat awkward though as the lid and mechanism don't always want to cooperate. Getting the blades aligned can be quite fiddly, and is an exercise in frustration. My slitter came with a test strip done on adding machine paper, I would recommend having a roll handy. The concept is relatively sound, but the execution was poor. The strips came out relatively straight, at least usably so, and it was not a nightmare to use. It is necessary to use it in a dark room, and you will be

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unlikely to be able to use it in a changing bag successfully. The price has since come down to somewhere in the US$30-40 range. The Minox Slitter (JW) The Minox slitter is by far the most expensive model we have reviewed, both in initial purchase price, and in maintenance. However, it has the look and feel of a precision machine. In every way it is designed to slit film. The body is mainly heavy gauge steel painted flat black with a minimum of plastic parts. The basic method of operation is that a 35mm film cartridge is placed in one end, the film end is run through two channels beneath the blades, the end of the film strip is taped to a drum, and while pressing the blades down you crank the film through onto the drum. The action is very smooth and precise.
web site. It can be found on eBay directly from Germany for between US$190.00, and US$230.00. The blades are also proprietary, and apparently run about US$30.00. This is not as big a problem as it may seem though, as I have slit upwards of 50 rolls of 35 mm with my first set of blades and they are still going strong. Would I recommend the Minox Slitter? If you are going to slit a good amount of film, this should be on your shopping list. ZipSlit (CT) This is what the China Boy slitter would be if it were well made. The ZipSlit is made in England by Filmtech and is made of injection molded plastic. Like most "pull-through" slitters, it is fairly simple: two halves with a space between in which are mounted three very sharp blades, so positioned so that when you put the two halves together they form two cutting channels. You lay the film that is loaded in a cassette across the two halves, put them together, and pull the film out of the can, pulling it through the slitter and over the blades at the same time. The ZipSlit cuts two lengths of Minoxwidth film out of the center of the 35mm film, leaving you with that and two lengths of skinnier film that holds the perforations. Labels tell you which side to put the film can. It is pretty idiot-proof. A test roll pulled through produced very nicely cut film, no scratches evident.

Once the film is slit, the entire take-up drum is removed and the film retrieved. Both precision cut strips of 8x11 film and the scrap with the perfs in it are neatly wound on the drum for easy retrieval. The cuts are amazingly accurate, and it is very quick. I generally use mine in a dark box while watching TV, or in a changing bag when I am on vacation. Its convenience is very difficult to beat. I will also load a dozen or so cartridges in a sitting quite easily. On the down side, it is very expensive. When it is available from the usual sources it will run over US$300.00, but Minox USA no longer shows it on its The advantages of this slitter design are many. It is compact, about the size of a 35 mm film can. It is simple

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to make and, therefore, easy to make well. It is very sturdy, with nothing to break. The disadvantages are a few, as well. The blades are, according to the maker, replaceable but only with difficulty. They mention keeping a set of calipers handy, and casual inspection does not show how they are held in place. There is a piece of paper over the chamber in which the blades are embedded and, being a nondestructive person, I did not peel it off. The manufacturer offers a second set of blades if you like, but says the ones it comes with should be good for several years. The slitter is sold on eBay or through the maker, and sells for $35 plus postage. Flatbed Slitter (CT) The flatbed slitter is one of the easier designs to make at home, and a lot of people have. If you are not handy with tools, however, Ray Pepalis makes one that is of high quality and very easy to use based on the design pioneered by Don Krehbiel. Flatbed slitters have one huge advantage over the other three mentioned here, and Ray's utilizes it: You can premeasure the film as you cut it. Here's how it works. Film, whether in a can or cut from a bulk roll, is laid along a wooden track and held down at either end. A piece of paper is then laid along the top of the film to prevent scratches.
that, in the dark, you just lift the slit film up, cut the unslit ends off either end, and you have two strips of film in your hand the correct length. No measuring. Pepalis', like others, mounts his razor blades to cut the film in a sandwich of wood, the blades held apart at the correct distance by pieces of wood cut to the correct width. The wood is held together by screws and wing nuts. This means the blades are easily replaceable and, as Ray points out, when you are done cutting film you can shave with them because the slitter only wears the extreme ends of the blades. It also means the slitter can be used forever, buying only new double-edge razor blades as needed. People make these slitters out of many things. Ray uses fine wood, beautifully finished. The price? $50 plus $5 shipping. He has an ad at: or email him at


Digital World Novelty - Classic Meets Digital: The MINOX Digital Classic Camera Leica M3
unique synergy of digital photography and nostalgia there is just no better way to describe this world novelty presented by the Wetzlar camera manufacturer, which will be on show for the first time at the Photokina 2002. MINOX has equipped this miniaturized LEICA M3 classic camera of the fifties with a digital interior. Extravagance and outstanding precision mechanics have always belonged to the values fostered by MINOX, and which are now being transferred to the ever-growing digital world. Simple and fast to operate, meaning that the new MINOX Digital Camera Leica M3 is also ideal for beginners entering the world of digital photography and guarantees unlimited photographic fun for all with its innovative, striking looks.
To cut the film, a wooden block in which are mounted razor blades set the correct distance apart and at the correct angle is put on the film at one end and drawn to the other end. Ray's slitter cuts two strips of Minox film from a strip of 35 mm film, or one strip of 16 mm film. The paper is removed and the film lifted up, cut. Pepalis' slitter uses wooden "start" and "stop" blocks at either end to control the length of the cut. The stop block can be changed for 15, 30 or 36 shot rolls. This means

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Viewfinder Status LCD Flash Lens Lens aperture Focus range White balance Exposure Self-timer Power source Auto power-off File Format Support Computer interface Camera dimension Camera weight 2 digit LCD
Optical, built-in reverse Galilean filter Compatible with Minox Classic Camera Flash 5 elements glass lens with IR filter glass, 10,3 mm F3.0 1.5m infinity Automatic Auto exposure 10 seconds 1 x CR2 battery USB cable Stand by mode (After 30 seconds inactivity) JPEG WINDOWS 98/SE/ME/2000/XP/MAC compatible USB 65mm(L) x 48mm(W) x 44mm (H) 95g
With a resolution of 1.3 million pixels it is able to capture impressive images. All pictures are internally stored an can be downloaded onto a PC in a fast and easy manner using the USB cable which comes with the camera, and then processed with the provided software. The clearly laid out LCD display on the camera back presents information on the number of shots taken, at any time. "In today's fast-moving age", says MINOX President, Thorsten Kortemeier, "it's good to recollect the good things of the past and where there's a possibility to combine these with the practical advantages of the latest digital technology, this is going meet with great enthusiasm among many users." The many details in the metal housing, which accentuate the design, make this new MINOX DCC Leica M 3 a very special item and an absolute eye-catcher among digital cameras. The exceptionally compact dimensions will make this unique digital masterpiece a constant companion, ready for action whatever the situation. It's a MINOX a digital one!

Technical Data MINOX DC 3311
JPEG, EXIF 2,1 internal 8 MB and Compact Flash Card (Type I) 3.3 mega pixel plus Sharp CCD 24 BIT (RGB) colour 2048 x 1536 Image resolution fine: normal: 1024 x 768 Autofocus 0,2 m unendlich Macro 0,07 0,5 m Lens: 1/sec Shutter speeds: 3x optical, 2x digital Zoom: Automatic program (full-field integral metering) Exposure: fully automatic, preselection of: White balance: daylight, lamp & fluorescent 1.5 Color TFT-LCD Display screen: Automatic, Fill-In and OFF, red eye-reduction Flash program: 10 sec. Self-timer: Continuous mode: time between shots <6 sec. image reproduction <6 sec. German, English, Japanese, F, Sp, I Supporting languages: Driver: PC/MAC Software: (WINDOWS98/2000/ME/XP.MAC OS 8.6 or later) MGI Photo Suite and Photo Vista AC power port, USB port; Connectors: video output (NTSC or PAL) File format: Memory: Image sensor:

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coin accountability continued through the years until the mid-1990's, when it was discontinued. Thousands of these tool coins have been produced over the years, as the number stamped into this particular sample indicates. A number of them have inevitably made their way into the private auction market as workers retired, left the company or otherwise ended up with the coins outside of Minox.

Minox Projects

Charles F. Trentelman Editor in Chief The Minox Memo would like to begin running quarterly displays of work by members of the Minox Historical Society, something that shows both your skill with the cameras and what sort of photography you like to do. Editor in Chief Charles Trentelman has gracefully volunteered to kick the project off. If you would like a free display of your own work, along with a brief essay explaining what you do and why, please contact him for submission details. Consider: In the modern mind, neither does it look much like a camera, nor does it sound much like a camera. With a tiny bit of practice it need not even operate much like a camera, but that doesn't mean you need to hide it in your lapel either. These qualities have unique value. So much around us can be best photographed if you don't make a big scene doing so.
K, so you have a spy camera. Do any spying lately? Huh, did ya?
I didn't think so. You shot your kids. You shot your wife. You shot the freaking Grand Canyon and Grant's Tomb. You even shot your new car's hubcaps. But have you ever got down and dirty sneaky? Real spy stuff? No, I don't mean document theft. God gave us computers for that. Your modern spy uses satellite uplinks and digital downloads. Silver halide technology? Well, it's quaint. James Bond is digital now. Still, the Minox camera excels at being sneaky. There are plenty of projects you can choose that a Minox is especially ideal for. Consider: I have a book of photos

Book Review: "All of the Minox 8x11" by Masaharu Saitho
John Watson, Jr. Vice President

Eye on the Web

D. Scott Young Secretary / Treasurer
artin Doctor is well known among the Minox community as a wonderfully helpful, extremely knowledgeable collector of some fascinating bits of Minox history with an enviable collection of some of the most desirable Minox camera and accessories ever produced. An engineering background later led to his fascination with Minox cameras, guiding him into several interesting projects, most notably the production and sale of sets of replacement Minox shutter blade and spring assemblies of extremely high quality and as meter window glass replacements. Now Martin has posted his first web site, and an exquisitely well-done piece of work it is. Simply, tastefully laid out, it is both visually appealing and highly informative. The quality of his photography, particularly the detailed work of close-up photographs of Minox cameras and accessories is nothing short of superb. Martin writes in a wonderfully direct and engaging style that makes you feel you're dropping in for a visit with an old and trusted friend. One of the best sites I've seen, check back often as it continues to grow.
n my opinion, "All of the Minox 8x11" is the single best Minox reference book I have handled to date.
Don't get me wrong. Other Minox books have their place. "Variations" is a good mix of history and reference material, "Marvel in Miniature" gives an insight and humanity that the others don't, "Spycamera" is a good general book, and the others are good user manuals. But for a hard-core reference book, NONE of the others even approach the scope or detail of "All of the Minox 8x11". And I say this in spite of it being written entirely in Japanese. When I first received my copy, I was stunned. Here was the collection of information I had been looking for, and then some. As I flipped through the pages I saw photos of items that I had only seen drawings of, variations delineated that I had never read about, and items I didn't even know existed. The rest of my day at work was shot. "All of the Minox 8x11", written by Mr. Masaharu Saitho is an 8 x 6 inch softbound volume with 216 pages on heavy stock. At the front (in much the same style as

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"Variations") are several pages of color photos including an extraordinarily complete family tree of all the 8x11 cameras, and other interesting photos. From page one, the details kick right in. As I said, I don't read a character of Japanese but there are enough numbers and words that are written in western characters that the concepts are still very easy to get. That and the well done charts and detailed photos make it a wonderful resource that is still very useful. Starting with the Riga, and going camera-by-camera, accessory-by-accessory, the variations have been photographed and catalogued. Many of the variations are even attributed to specific serial number ranges, a specificity not seen in any other volume. Did you know that there was a simply elegant macro setup for the EC? Or how about not just one, but four completely different stereo attachments? That is correct. Attachments that put two images on one Minox frame, and a matching viewer to complete the 3-D effect. There are charts that give every conceivable measurement of each camera. Another chart breaks

down the film edge codes for each camera and variant in the 8x11 family. There is even a list of movies and TV shows in which Minox cameras have shown up. This list is almost ridiculously comprehensive. If you read Japanese, I am envious. If you don't, you still need this book in your collection. It will become one of your most trusted and valuable resources. The catch? Well, beyond the fact that it is written in Japanese, it is only available in Japan. Not only that, but it is only available to members of the Japanese Minox Club. In spite of this, acquiring the 2000 (approximately US$17) book is well worth the effort it may take to add it to your bookshelf. So either join the Japanese Minox Club and make some new interesting friends, or do as I did and find a member who is willing to do a trade, but get this book.
Minox - Marvel in Miniature By D. Scott Young
The first new book on Minox cameras in years, this delightful exploration of Walter Zapp's most enduring design triumph, the Minox 8 x 11 camera, shatters forever the myth of the Minox as solely a spy camera. A comprehensive history of the inventor, his cameras and the Minox camera are nicely set against the backdrop of world events, with comparative views of other subminiature cameras to clearly illustrate the place the Minox occupied in history, as well as its impact. Covering every model of Minox subminiature camera and most accessories through to the year 2000, this book will be an invaluable reference to both researcher and collector alike. A personal interview and correspondence with the inventor himself, as well as reproductions of articles and letters written by Zapp provide the reader with a unique insight into his design philosophy, his motivation and his reaction to his camera earning an international reputation as one of the premier tools of the espionage trade. New and experienced users of these cameras will relish the user's guide, complete with camera and accessory operating instructions and a primer on beginning photography aimed at new shooters. Every facet of photography, particularly Minox photography, from film selection and loading to darkroom processing and printing is clearly introduced. The most reasonably priced Minox book to come along in years, Minox - Marvel in Miniature can be ordered directly from the publisher for US $15.00, via the Internet at It can be purchased in any fine bookstore such as Barnes & Noble, Waldenbooks, B. Dalton and others; simply inquire at the counter if it is not on the shelf. International orders can be handled by Petra Keller at Large format, soft cover, 193pp, illustrated b&w ISBN 1-58721-068-1 Released June, 2000

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Tech Tips
D. Scott Young Secretary / Treasurer 've just spent the best $25.00 I ever spent to dramatically enhance my photography, and I spent it all at Staples - the office supply store chain throughout America! That one purchase has dramatically improved the quality of my photography in ways I can use over and over for a wide variety of photographic situations that are both pleasing and fun. That's an awful lot to get out of $25.00 nowadays. Coloured backdrops - that's the secret. Sitting down and examining carefully the types of photographs I tend to do a lot of, I realized that beyond scenic shots where the background is really far less controllable, I shoot a lot of subjects such as flowers, objects, certain animals, and other static and semi-static things. The backgrounds in these photographs detracts strongly from the visual impact and yet, with very little effort, it can be easily controlled and used to accentuate and enhance the subject in wonderful ways. I purchased three coloured foam core poster boards at just under $5.00 each: dark (navy) blue, forest green and scarlet. These measure approximately 16 x 20" in size. I then purchased for an additional $5.00 each a five-pack of heavy coloured poster paper, light blue and sunflower yellow. The rest was little bit of time (about 10 minutes) and patience (with a stapler and roll of black electrical tape). I began by aligning the yellow poster paper (the poster paper was the same width, but slightly shorter than the poster boards) against the white back of the dark blue poster board, and then carefully stapling it around the edges. I put one staple approximately every two inches along the borders, keeping them within an inch of the outer edges of the poster board. Using this many staples was designed to keep the paper firmly attached to the poster board in windy weather, hopefully keeping it from ripping itself free from the poster board. Testing indicates that this works rather well.
I then carefully stretched out a length of electrical tape along one edge, pulling out a full inch or two more than what my eye would normally indicate is needed. This is important, because electrical tape is highly elastic, and will shrink back when released. Then, letting up on it a wee bit to allow it to shrink back to a normal length, which worked out to be the proper length for the edge I was working with, I carefully smoothed it down along the entire border edge, neatly covering all the staples. The edges were trimmed with scissors and neatly folded over each corner. I did the tape border on both sides of the poster board, because the tiny pointed edges of the staple project out of the opposite side enough to snag clothing, skin, etc. This taped edge boarder makes it much easier to work with, and also keeps wind from slipping under the coloured paper and possibly ripping it free. The other boards were quickly made up in the same way: light blue paper was secured to the forest green poster board (allowing me to use a light blue background in tandem with the dark blue of the original poster board, and increasing the flexibility of my colour selection). The scarlet poster board was left alone, as the backside is pure white, another colour I might find handy in a photographic situation. This now leaves me with six stiff and sturdy, ultra-light weight and very portable backdrops that can be easily transported to any field setting, and instantly set up (or held by hand) and taken down again.



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