Riga Minox - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Minox

1937

Valsts Electro-Techniska Fabrika

Riga

Latvia

Image of Minox

Lens:
f3.5, 15 mm Minostigmat, 3 element. Fixed aperture.

Shutter:
Guillotine, speeds 1/2 - 1/1000, B, T.

Construction:
Stainless steel body.

Format:
50, 8 x 11 mm exposures on 9.5 mm film held in double cassette.

Focusing:
To 8".

Attributes:
Eye-level (lens/lens) view-finder.
Film advance by rotating the centre of the cassette, this is carried out by closing the camera. Auto-stop on film advance. Exposure counter.
Built in 2x yellow filter.

Identification:
Version with 3 tooth film advance claw.

Serial Number:
5940 .

Minox

1937

Valsts Electro-Techniska Fabrika

Riga

Latvia

Lens:
f3.5, 15 mm Minostigmat, 3 element. Fixed aperture.

Shutter:
Guillotine, speeds 1/2 - 1/1000, B, T.

Construction:
Stainless steel body.

Format:
50, 8 x 11 mm exposures on 9.5 mm film held in double cassette.

Focusing:
To 0.2 m.

Attributes:
Eye-level (lens/lens) view-finder.
Film advance by rotating the centre of the cassette, this is carried out by closing the camera. Auto-stop on film advance. Exposure counter.
Built in 2x yellow filter.

Identification:
Version with 3 tooth film advance claw.

Serial Number:
11447 .

With:
Pouch.

Around 18,000 Riga Minox cameras were made between 1937 and 1944. Production later continued in Wetzlar with the Minox A. Some later examples of the Riga model (from 1940) are engraved "Made in USSR", later still some carried German markings. Around 2000 cameras were produced under USSR occupation. Early versions have 12 teeth on the film advance spindle. The price was 18.7.6.

Accessories for the Riga model
  • Slip pouch.
  • Tripod clamp.
  • Extinction meter.
  • Enlarger.
  • Developing drum.
  • Negative viewer.
  • Negative storage wallet.

References & Notes:
BP 495149/1937. BP 494544/1937. BP 506749/1937. Lothrop, Century, p. 147. Moses, Minox Story.

Illustrations:
Christie's Cat. 2/9/1993 lot 349. Early enlarger and other accessories. Christie's Cat. 9/12/1991 lot 180. Early enlarger and developing tank.

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