Minox camera

Made:
1939 in Riga
maker:
VEF
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The Kodak Collection at the National Media Museum, Bradford

Minox camera. Subminiature camera for 9.5mm film in cassettes. Fixed aperture lens, guillotine shutter 2/5/10/20/50/100/200/500/1000/B-T. Focusing to 0.2 metres. Rotary frame counter. Orange and green filters. Direct vision optical brightline finder. No 54 787. In leather slip case, with chain calibrated for close-up photographs.

Minox camera, designed by Walter Zapp and manufactured by VEF (Valsts Elektrotehniskā Fabrika) in Latvia from 1937 to 1943.

Subminiature camera for 9.5mm film in cassettes. Fixed aperture lens, guillotine shutter 2/5/10/20/50/100/200/500/1000/B-T. Focusing to 0.2 metres. Rotary frame counter. Orange and green filters. Direct vision optical brightline finder. No 54 787. In leather slip case, with chain calibrated for close-up photographs.

A stainless steel sub miniature camera, the Minox was originally marketed as a luxury item, marketing from the time billed it as an ‘elegant companion, like a fine watch, for sophisticated ladies and gentlemen to carry and use to record the events of their daily lives’.

Details

Category:
Photographic Technology
Object Number:
1990-5036/4322
Materials:
glass, leather and stainless steel
Measurements:
overall case: 20 mm x 30 mm x 95 mm,
overall camera open: 17 mm x 25 mm x 105 mm,
type:
subminiature camera
taxonomy:
  • tools and equipment
  • equipment by process
  • image making equipment
  • camera (form)
credit:
The Kodak Collection at the National Media Museum, Bradford