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 was one of these. It's one of the smallest 35 mm cameras, among the “this-is-it” analogue goodies. Let me tell you what I think about this compact camera.

Minox 35 GT © Alfred (No changes were made to the image.)

The Olympus XA, the Rollei 35, and the Minox 35 GT, at one point, were some of the smallest 35 mm cameras produced. All were a must-have, the trendy cameras to have along on your photo walks. 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 was so light and small but when the first film was developed, I was a bit disappointed: The pictures were sharp and flawless, in one word: boring. The GT went to the shelf to rest for a year.

Once in a while, I would check my camera collection for cameras I never use and sell them because I can´t let them just sit on the shelf. This time, the Minox was scheduled for sale and I just ran one film through it to say goodbye. When I got it back, I saw how much of my photographic taste had changed. The photos were far from boring — they were sharp, full of contrast and color.

I sold the Minox nevertheless. As much as I liked the photographic quality, I disliked the handling. While very compact when folded, it became big and clunky when you opened it up. Sad thing because you can't take candid shots. Setting the aperture, checking the shutter speed in the viewfinder, as well as setting the focus all seemed unnatural to me. It made me double check everything. It didn't feel good for me.

When all was said done, I was doubtful if I should have kept it. I bought an Olympus XA which handles much better, although it was a bit bigger and missing the hot shoe. Word of advice: if you have a Minox 35, take your time to test it. If you find that you don't like it, there are alternatives!


This is a review submitted by Community Member zark.

written by zark on 2011-12-01 #gear #35mm #review #viewfinder #agfa-vista #lomography #zark #gt #minox-35 #kleinbild #sucherkamera #user-review
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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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