- Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 2.5 x 2.1 cm ; 181 g
- Shipping Weight: 249 g
- Item model number: 60209
- ASIN: B00004U0E6
- Date first available at Amazon.ca: April 20 2013
- Average Customer Review: Be the first to review this item
- Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
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Minox MX Subminiature 8 x 11mm Camera Set
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- Set includes Minox MX Camera, Minox MX Flash (for MX only), separate gray filter accessory, strap, and film
- 15mm/f4.8 lens with 3 lens elements
- Central shutter speed of 1/125 of a second
- Manual focus from 3 feet to infinity
- Thumb wheel allowing one-handed operation advances film and readies shutter for next exposure
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Really small but powerful. For convenient photography in the smallest format MINOX presents the MX. Concentration on essentials is the philosophy applied here. Without having to compromise on optical performance, this camera controls all the required functions automatically. The photographer can concentrate on the subject and let his or her creative imagination run free. Measuring just 8.4 x 2.1 x 3.4 cm this little marvel lies perfectly in your hand and is ready to shoot after a quick glance through the bright-line viewfinder. Focusing is carried out using a slide lever on the top of the camera, enabling convenient focusing from one meter to infinity. The film change is particularly convenient as the film cartridge is easily inserted in the film compartment on the back and the counter automatically resets to zero. The MINOX 8x11 Pro films as well as the MINOX Lab provide even sharper picture results, glowing with color. As a result of this further development it is now practically impossible to see any difference in quality when compared with conventional 35 mm films. For capturing subjects in the dark the MX flash is included, which has been optimally designed to match the camera body. It controls the required amount of light automatically and is hardly bigger than the camera itself. Weighing just 55 grams the MINOX MX is a flyweight in camera design. By using durable plastics reinforced with glass-fiber the weight has been kept to an absolute minimum. It weighs little more than a fountain pen and, whether put in a shirt or trouser pocket, is a constant companion for every occasion.
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The fact that this camera is a film camera is probably one of the best features of this camera - that is exactly what it was designed to be and it is great that way. Now, don't expect to get any giant masterpiece prints from it - the size of the negative is simply too small for that. However, consider that this type of film and camera was the mainstay of the intelligence networks of many countries for a long time. The history of Minox can be a rather interesting one, and although this camera is not the same model as the original "spy" Minox, it is still iconic.
As to film, there is still something to say about film that cannot be said for digital. I have seen negatives from well over 100 years ago that are still perfectly good, and which will make perfect prints with the modern equipment that I have. Even the simplest of tools will permit the making of a good print from a negative, and if you don't happen to have those, even the negative alone will tell you what is on it. In other words, you can always use a negative in some way - with digital, you must have a compatible computer or other similar device with you. Can you imagine what it would be like if digital cameras had been around 20 or so years ago? You might find yourself in a situation where you needed to find an eight-inch floppy drive to be able to download a copy of the image that was stored on there in some proprietary format. Good luck!
I'm by no means trying to say that digital photography is in any way better or worse than film - I quite like my digital equipment, and find working with them to be a breeze. Processing and printing film was always a bit of a pain, even if I did do much of it myself. Yet, the permanence of a negative and good archival prints from good negs is something of a lost art.
Back to this camera - it is a great little one to toss in a pocket to have around for those quick moments - not to mention that it is not obvious. Sometimes the best way to get a nice shot is to not be obvious about having a camera on you...
The flash works just fine too - not the most powerful, but probably better than the "flashes" on cell phones these days...
In any case - keep in mind that this camera is simply interesting and different. It is not meant to replace high end DSLRs or the like. It is fun, and when available for cheap, worth the price.
Initial impressions are: as light as it said it would be, as compact as it said it would be - so far 2 pluses....I was a bit disappointed to find out that it was manufactured in Japan - if I had paid the original price (close to $300) to find out that it was made in Japan - i would have been a bit ticked off. Now, nothing bad with stuff being made in Japan, is just that this camera's origin is from Germany and one would expect for this model to also be made in Germany.
The unit included a flash and film - very thoughtful - so I'll have to wait to get the film developed - only one place - and then I can report back.
Oh, by the way, the previous rater has to get a clue with film photography - not everything digital is better... and having 60+ negative reviews is not very good either!
I am so glad to have this addition. Thanks