People underestimate the power of the Minox 35 when they see its pocket size. It is smaller than the LC-A+, but could easily compete with big SLR. The Minox 35 is a 35mm camera, with automatic exposure and manual focus. The GT-E II model uses films from ISO 25 to ISO 1600. Its features seem to be similar to the LC-A+. But the feature which the Lomo misses is the manual aperture. Some of you will ask me: “why should I care about manual aperture?”. I will then answer you with this: “because you will have more possibilities.”
First, the aperture will let you play with the depth of field. Distances are more precisely indicated on the Minox. Playing with a blur background is easier.
Second point, taking photos in low light conditions, without flash and tripod, is more successful. Open the diaphragm wider to let more light enter in the lens. The needle in the viewfinder let you know at which auto-exposure time the device will shot.
The Minox 35 has a button labeled “2x”: when used, the shot is over-exposed by one f-stop. This helps you to avoid back light subjects. Also, I usually underexpose the shots with the ISO setting when I plan to do cross-processing. This is good when I shot in the sun. But when I move to a darker location, like when the sun is hidden by a building or a cloud, it is better to not underexpose and the “2x” button is faster to activate than changing ISO setting.
Taking night shots is really easy with this camera. The exposure time of some of my shots can go to 40s, even more. Obviously, in that case, a tripod is needed.
Finally, the missing features on the Minox 35 is the multiple exposure and the rear curtain flash, present with the LC-A+. Yes, nobody is perfect. But the baby is so cute…
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