My Minox was build in 1955
shutter speed dial
(lens : 15 mm Complan f/3,5)
size and weight
82 x 27 x 15 mm -70g
The UR Minox 1936
In 1936 in Riga, Latvia, Walter Zapp invented a subminiature camera.
His aim was to design a camera that was small enough to fit in the palm of a hand and yet was capable of taking high-quality photographs. The Minox camera is widely acknowledged by historians of photographic technologies as a brilliant innovation and a quantum leap in photographic technology.
The prototype from 1936 later became known as the Ur Minox.
From 1937 and up until 1942 the first Minox known as Riga was produced at the
Valsts Elektrotechniska Fabrika (VEF) in Riga. After World War II, Walter Zapp fled from the Russian occupying Latvia and founded the MINOX GmbH in Wetzlar in Germany 1945. Here the Minox model A II (Riga was I) was produced from 1948 to 1950. It was followed by the A III that was in production from 1951
to 1954. In 1954 it was followed by a special variant for the US market,the A IIIs, which had a flash-synchronization connector.
The A IIIs was produced until 1969.
Later came model B, C, Lx
The Minox Camera
Minox Riga 1937-1942
Although the Minox camera was intended for regular photography, it soon became the world's most popular spy camera. During WWII, it was so popular that it was difficult for the various national intelligence agencies to obtain enough Minox cameras for their tasks.
For 50 years, the Minox was the essential spy camera. It could take 50 pictures without reloading, and its high resolution lens captured a remarkable amount of detail.
John Walker, a U.S. naval officer who ran a KGB spy ring in the 1970s, used a Minox camera to document American military secrets. After his arrest, Walker demonstrated for authorities how he used a Minox, along with a measuring chain to ensure that the camera was held a proper and uniform distance from the documents.
Concealed Minox Camera
Minox consealed in brush in 1960 by Hauptverwaltung Aufklärung, or HVA
which was the foreign intelligence service of the former German Democratic Republic
Minox as a spy tool
Clip from the movie “O.S.S.” - 1946
O.S.S. is a 1946 war film starring Alan Ladd and Geraldine Fitzgerald about the Office of Strategic Services, directed by Irving Pichel
The clip shows the use of the Minox camera as a spy tool .
The Minox ability to photograph as close as eight inches made it ideal for this kind of surreptitious photography, not to mention the Minox camera's ability to be concealed in the palm of a hand.
Atpūta nr.821 july 1940
Original ad from print magazine
Ad for minox camera september 1959
The Minox Tripod, introduced in 1951
The dedicated Copy Stand was introduced in 1954 The position on the legs roughly correspond to DIN A6, A5 and A4 paper sizes
Mikroplanfilm Suitcase Reader from 1983 - Made for the German military The negative used, was taken with the use of my copy stand.
The Right Angle Viewfinder puts a mirror at 45 degrees behind the viewfinder so that the camera points to the right of the position that the photographer appears to be viewing.
The Binocular Attachment was introduced in 1952
Minox Special Fine Grain Developer 53 cm3 with Daylight Developing Tank
The Minox Negativ Viewer was one of the earliest accessories designed by Walter Zapp
With negative wallet
Manufactured from 1954 until 1963. It projects slides up to 15x15 mm in size. The lens is 35mm f2.9 and the it has a100 watts lamp.
All photos taken with my Minox A IIIs, and developed using Minox Day Light Develop Tank
Before and after results
Black & white photo editing of one of my picture using Tonality
Epson Perfection V550 PhotoFlatbed-scanner
6400 dpi x 9600 dpi, USB 2.0
Developer: Ilford ID-11
Stop Bath: Ilford Ilfostop
Film Fixer: Ilford Rapid Fixer
Ipad app: Dev It
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