A classic new edition!
The legendary Contax I in MINOX style
Dimensions just fractionally bigger than a matchbox - this is one
of the features of the new Contax I. A true reproduction of the
original camera, made to the scale of 1:2.5 by MINOX, the famous
specialist for miniature cameras and adding another masterpiece
to the MINOX Classic Camera Collection. Embedded in an elegant wooden
box, this superb replica makes the design features of the original
miniature camera stand out and by just holding this brilliant piece
of craftsmanship in your hand you sense the treasures that are packed
The Contax I uses the MINOX 8x11mm film and apart from being in
full working order also boasts excellent imaging performance through
the Minoctar lens f/5.6 15mm (three lens elements in three groups).
The metal body and the many individual details taken from the original
camera are sure to make the heart of any camera enthusiast beat
faster. The accessories include a flash unit making this Classic
Camera even suitable for use in low light conditions.
Born in Dresden:
Zeiss Ikon, which was based in Dresden, entered a new age of camera
design in 1932. The production of their small and convenient Contax
was the first rival to the Leica, which had dominated the market
up until that time. The original Contax I had interchangeable lenses
and shutter speeds of between 1/25 and 1/1000 second and a later
version in 1934 also included speeds of ½ second. The Contax
was also the first camera to feature metal leaf-type shutter curtains.
Between 1932 and 1938 there were 7 different versions and there
was a production of over 36,000 cameras in all.
The legendary MINOX spy camera was also designed during the thirties,
by Walter Zapp in Riga. It was from here the camera started its
triumphant worldwide success. Since then, MINOX has been known as
the expert in the field of miniaturization. The new Classic Camera
Contax I is the result of synergy effects coming from the long-standing
tradition of both world famous German brands, Contax und MINOX and
it is the new classic edition we have long been waiting for.
Equipped with the MINOX 8 x 11 mm film Minocolor 100 this Classic
Camera Contax I comes in an exclusive wooden box and is available
at specialist stockists from February 2002.
An ever-ready leather case, straps and lens cover are also available
MINOX 8x11 film format
MINOCTAR lens 1:5,6/15mm (3 elements in 3 groups)
Focusing range 1,2 m to infinity (4 ft - infinity)
Shutter speed: 1/250
Dimensions (LxWxH): 63 x 40 x 45 mm
Weight: 99 g (without film)
Incl. wooden box and MINOX 8x11 film
Aluminium lens cover
January 20, 2002
-Remember to enter your photos in the Minox Historical Society's
first photo contest. You could be the proud winner of a new Minox
EC provided by Minox GmbH!
Details are in the Minox
-The first in the series of commemorative T-shirts and mugs only
have a month left. Order by February 28th 2002 to start your collection.
Starting with the Minox Riga, collect the full series of camera!.
Go HERE to
order. Five dollars from each order goes to help the efforts of
the Minox Historical Society.
November 2, 2001
The "Minox Memo" is back!
The Minox Historical Society is proud to announce the production
of our first official newsletter, the "Minox Memo".
Downloads are available from http://minox.org/minoxmemo/minoxmemo.html
With the blessing of Don Thayer of Minox
Processing Laboratories, the publishers of the original "Minox
Memo", the MHS has picked up the baton. While attempting to
keep the feel and spirit of the original publication, there are
several differences worth noting.
The "new" Memo will be considered the "Second Series"
to distinguish it from its namesake. The purpose of the Memo has
grown as well. Not just a means of educating and sharing information
about all things Minox, it is also the official publication of the
Minox Historical Society. As it warrants, information of interest
will be included in the Memo.
Most notably will be the format. With certain as yet unspecified
exceptions, the Minox Memo will be exclusively published in electronic
format. Utilizing the ubiquitous Adobe Acrobat .PDF format, this
will allow for a maximum number of readers, with a minimum of publication
Articles will be solicited from members and nonmembers alike, but
with memberships currently free, we would encourage anyone interested
in participating to join at http://minox.org/join.html.
June 29, 2001
The Minox Historical Society announces its first slate of officers,
and memberships are now available!
By a unanimous vote of the founding members, the inaugural officers
for the MHS have been appointed.
President - Peter Zimmerman
Vice President - John Watson
Secretary/Treasurer - D. Scott Young
Committee Member - Larry Feldman
Committee Member - Steve Uhrig
Congratulations, and thank you for your willingness to help bring
about this great endeavor!
No-cost memberships are now available! Become a "charter"
member by signing up at Minox
Historical Society at Yahoo! Groups.
Minox GmbH: Management acquires 51% share in the company
Leica Camera AG focusses on core competencies
The management of Minox GmbH, Wetzlar, has acquired a 51% share
of the capital of that company. Minox has been one of the group
companies of the Leica Camera Group since 1996. This partial spin-off,
commencement of the new fiscal year beginning April 2001, is to
strengthen the profile of Minox, a manufacturer known first of all
for its miniature cameras. The build-up of own structures will enable
Minox to more flexibly focus on new market segments as have been
opened up for, e.g., miniature reproductions of classic cameras.
Leica Camera AG will continue relations with the Minox company through
its minority share of 49% and will provide organisational framework
by rendering services and by joint international sales activities.
At the same time, the parent company will focus on its core competencies
for its own value-added products.
In fiscal year 1999/2000 (ended March 31) Leica Camera Group registered
consolidated sales of DM 275.7 million, DM 11.4 million of which
were sales of Minox brand products. In the first nine months of
fiscal year 2000/2001 Minox products registered a strong 46.8% increase
to DM 10.9 million as compared to the same period of the prior year.
April 13, 2001
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