Retro Chic 1981 Minox 35 GT

10/26/2012 4:25:25 PM

These days, the phrase ‘full-name’ is second only to ‘diamond-encrusted’ in bumping up the price of a camera. But back in pre-digital times, any cam that tool 35mm film was a full-frame shooter. The simple mechanics of consumer-level cameras meant they could be built smaller than their modern digital equivalents – as evidenced by the 10 x 6 x 3cm Minoc 35 range, the smallest full-name cameras ever made.

Why should I want one?

Well, apart from the fact that it’s a proper 35mm camera that won’t ruin the line of your jacket, the 35 GT is also a very capable shooter. An f/2.8 aperture, 35mm focal length and quiet operation make it great for street photography and the GT is also well known for the accuracy of its automatic exposure system, which allows you to take successful long exposures. All of which is handy when you’re paying $11 a roll to see the results.

What to look for

Description: Minox 35 GT

Minox 35 GT

Minox gave its 35 series cams different colored shutter buttons, so only go for a yellow one. Have a squint through the viewfinder and check the light meter needle moves around in response to different brightnesses, and don’t assume it’s knackered if your pics come out blurry – like any film camera with manual controls, it’ll take a bit of getting used to.

Stuff’s top four micro cams

NanEye 2B

This grain-of-salt-sized camera is a marvel of miniaturization. It’s mainly used for endoscopy, so you can shove it where the sun don’t shine – or rather, your doctor will.

The World’s Smallest Camera

This is not the world’s smallest camera. Still, calling it The Camera That Is Smaller Than The Majority Of Other Cameras doesn’t sound quite so impressive.

Pentax Q

The world’s smallest and lightest compact system cam won’t blow your DSLR out of the water – its tiny form is partly due to a sensor the size of a flea’s brain – but it sure is portable.

Lomography Fisheye Baby 110

Miniature, cartridge – based 110 film has been revived by Lomo for this super-wide angle snapper, making it great for shots that look as if they were taken in 1982

Description: Stuff’s top four micro cams

Stuff’s top four micro cams






Also in 1981

The inaugural London Marathon takes place. MTV is launched. France’s TGV trains start running


Escape From New York

The President’s been kidnapped? Well, we’d better get a dangerous criminal on the case. Yeah, that seems like a good idea. And while we’re at it, we’d better make sure he’s got a mullet, eh?


DeLorean DMC-12

Doc Brown’s car of choice for a time machine, and the car of choice for rich nerds ever since. It was built, as so many of the most glamorous things in the world have been, in a suburb of south west Belfast


Donkey Kong

In perhaps the single most important development in video games, Shigeru Miyamoto created the first game that was written as a story before it was programmed. Yes, it seems an obvious thing to do now


Krafrwerk – Computer world

The eighth long player by the tech-obsessed German electro gods formed the soundtrack to the Summer of Calculation; if you can remember it, you were there


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