Every era of photographers has it´s must-have product and for my generation, the Minox 35 GT is one of these.
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 weather or not this would be my most dearest camera even over the LC-A. 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, can´t let them sit on the shelf. And 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 it became big and clunky unfolded, no chance for candid shots. Setting the aperture and checking the shutter time in the viewfinder and setting the focus all seams unnatural to me. It makes me double check everything.
Didn´t feel good at all.
After all I´m in doubt if I should have kept it. I bought a Olympus XA which handles miles better although is a bit bigger and misses the hotshoe.
So if you have a Minox 35 take your time to test it, if you don´t like it there are alternatives!