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.
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!