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    Minox Thread

    I figured that I would start a new Minox thread for those of us that are APUGers and Minox users. I just purchased my first Minox, and it's a Minox B. I'm very excited to start shooting with it. In addition to Blue Moon processing Minox, I learned that Dwayne's Photo will also process Minox. Minox also just put up a statement on their website saying that they are still committed to offering film, which is a plus.

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    nice to see you, patrick, and have fun with that B. Don't depend too much on the meter, check it first. If you decide to shoot with it a lot you may want to learn to cut your own film, but beyond that Blue Moon does a lovely job.

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    I had minox - I was astonish by lens quality. It was my favorite camera to carry all the time. And then one day in Istanbul shutter just died , in the middle of the action. If this camera has a reliable shutter - it would be a dream camera.

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    To me, anyway, it's not worth slitting and loading film for the Minox. I find good prices on the real stuff at Optics Planet http://www.opticsplanet.net/minox-35filcam.html The Frugal Photographer http://www.frugalphotographer.com/catMinoxFilm.htm
    If you use color, Minox will process it. I use B&W and process it myself. I use a stainless reel made for 9.5mm film and use Ilford Microphen (now that I'm out of Microdol-X. I'm going to try some Legecy Pro Mik-X which is supposed to be the same as Microdol-X from Freestyle http://www.freestylephoto.biz/749710...lon?cat_id=301

    Remember the film is small so dirt and other defects really show up. Everything has to be CLEAN! I do have a Minox enlarger from my Dad, but before that I just used my Durst 606 and it was fine.

    By the way, the shutters are very durable. My Dad used his B for about 50 years and i'm using it now and it works fine - shutter, meter, everything. You never know how a used one was treated.

    Have fun!
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    Oops, Kodak just did!
    For all practical purposes, they've taken Kodak away.


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    I've had a Riga, B, C, LX, and EC. Great cameras but film and processing became too expensive even from Minox so sold all bt my C years ago. I still have the C with its tripod adaptor and the Minox tripod, well actually 2 of the tripods. The tripods are the best mini-pods out there. They do great with my Leica.

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    I have been messing with a Yashica Atoron and Minolta 16.
    I have an EBLA unit for my Bessler.

    PS... I still have quite a few of these to offer.
    http://www.apug.org/forums/forum379/...-ie-250-a.html
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    Not quite Minox. I have a Minolta 16-II bought at an auction this past winter for $20. I saw this little mechanical marvel, and could not resist.

    Finding cassettes is another thing though. I bought one from a guy, Goat Hill I think was his moniker, down in Texas.

    I have a 16mm stainelss reel for processing. I have slit down bulk 70mm for other purposes in the past, so that part of film creation doesn't scare me off.

    I have yet to print the negatives, but have a D5xl, so getting a reasonable sized enlargement is just going to invlove a high head height.
    I plan to use my 50mm enlarger lens lens with the negatve masked off, until a shorter enlarging lens is found at the right price.
    my real name, imagine that.

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    It's exciting to see Minox interest! I'm probably just going to have even my black and white films processed by Blue Moon or Dwayne's until I can find a reel and I too will just mask off a negative carrier and use the 50mm lens. We'll see how it goes.
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    Dang! You guys are trouble!

    This thread sent me to the dark remote corner of the darkroom. And son-of-a-gun, I didn't scrap it, there it is . . .



    Plumbing fittings, scrap widgets ... The mount was a 1 1/2 inch pipe T with a thumbscrew to slide it over a vertical 1 1/4 inch pipe column (part of my 1960s vintage multi-format enlarger "system.") An automotive lamp driven by a filament transformer supplied the illumination.



    I've no idea if there's any samples left buried here, but I know I once made some prints with it.

    A home made focusing lens mount (which shows several revisions!) carried a Kodak Anastigmat 35 mm f/3.5 lens, likely a military gunsight camera relic via Edmund Scientific (I lived close enough to visit there at the time). The lens has an adjustable aperture, but some sort of dedicated non-standard markings. Now you guys have the wheels spinning -- since my Omega B-8 uses a flat plate to mount a 50 mm lens, it should be possible to make a 15 mm recessed lens cone ....

    [Oh no I'm already under fire for constant diversions from the honey-do list! ]

    I think my Minox B still has a film in it from circa 1975-ish. I used to dabble in slides and have a cute little Minolta projector (speaking of Minolta 16 up-thread) I used with those.

    I feel an attack of Aging Adult ADD coming on . . . . .

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    BTW - I was speaking about minox 35 camera when saying that shutter has died.

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