Minox 35 GT: A Must-Have Camera for its Time

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Every era of photographers has its own must-have products. For my generation, the Minox 35 GT is one of these. It's one of the smallest 35mm cameras, among the "this-is-it" analogue goodies. Let me tell you what I think about this compact camera.

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The Olympus XA, the Rollei 35 and the Minox 35 GT; all of them were the smallest 35mm camera once. All were a must have, the “This is it!” thing.

Upon holding the 35 GT in my hands for the first time, I was puzzled whether or not this would be my dearest camera, even more than the LC-A. It’s so light and so small, but when the first film was developed I was disappointed: The pictures were sharp and flawless, in one word: boring. The GT went onto the shelf for a year.

Once in a while I check my camera collection for cameras I never use and sell them; I can´t let them sit on the shelf. This time, the Minox was scheduled for sale. I just ran one film through it to say goodbye. When I got it back I saw how much my photographic taste changed. Not boring, the photos were sharp, contrastive and colorful.

I sold the Minox nevertheless. As much as I liked the photographic quality, I hated the handling. While very small when folded, it became big and clunky when unfolded, so it gives no chance for candid shots. Setting the aperture and checking the shutter speed in the viewfinder, as well as setting the focus, all seemed unnatural to me. It makes me double check everything. It didn’t feel good at all.

After all, I’m in doubt if I should have kept it. I bought an Olympus XA ,which handles miles better, although a bit bigger and missing the hotshoe.

So, if you have a Minox 35 take your time to test it. If you find that you don’t like it, there are alternatives!

written by zark on 2011-12-01 in #reviews

6 Comments

  1. nicolas_noir
    nicolas_noir ·

    I agree with this review based on the Minox 35ML, which does have an all automatic exposure setting too as well as aperture priority, making it quite quick when you need it to be. The lens of these Minox cameras is generally of a really high quality and I miss my Minox 35ML which I also sold :-(

  2. superlighter
    superlighter ·

    some of the photos are simply stunning! I miss my 35ML too! these cameras had a very delicate electronic mechanism, easily subject to breaks!

  3. neanderthalis
    neanderthalis ·

    I was considering this but bought the Olympus XA. It is a good little camera.

  4. materne
    materne ·

    I have been looking for a minox for years but when I couldn't find one, I stumbled upon an XA2(wich is my favorite cam by now). after raeding this article I'm almost glad I didn't find one ;)

  5. smu
    smu ·

    Colours and Contrast are nice and I guess it is a plus to have a sharp lens. Could have used Filters, Cellophane or Vaseline to "Ruin" the Lens if you want to soften it. You can turn anything into Lo-Fi, but you can not turn something unprecise back to precision yourself... But looking at the cam, I can guess why you sold it: Not really handy, not really solid, not really unique, not really desireable. Not a bad package at all, but just all... "OK"

  6. maxwellmaxen
    maxwellmaxen ·

    MY Favorite Camera for quality and size.
    so easy to handle, so easy to transport, i consider it a beauty and the pictures talk for themselves.
    most of my childhood memories were shot with that little gem and i will never sell it!

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