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Minox 35 EL (type 10810)
France Version française
Photos by Sylvain Halgand text by Sylvain Halgand. From the collection of Sylvain Halgand. Last update 2024-01-06 par Sylvain Halgand.

Manufactured or assembled in Germany from 1974 to (After) 1979.
Index of rarity in France: Frequent (among non-specialized garage sales)
Inventory number: 1474

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Chronology of cameras Minox 

The Minox 35 has left its mark on the history of photography, thanks to its photographic qualities, compactness, and silhouette. The latter is interesting as it has been preserved regardless of the model, over more than 25 years of existence. But to whom do we owe this?

Searching through patents filed by Minox leads to nothing concrete. However, patent No. 4,365,884 filed by Minox on May 21, 1981 (published in December 1982) provides a starting point for the research. This patent, with inventor Helmut Knapp, concerns a camera with a retractable lens. The illustrations show a profile resembling that of a Minox 35.



However, the filing date is very late compared to the release of the first Minox 35 (1974). To uncover more details, it is necessary to delve into the patent and discover that it references two Japanese patents. Both of these patents, dating from 1981, were filed by Ricoh as early as 1978 and 1979. The inventor is Fumihiro Miyagawa (No. 4,264,172 and No. 4,277,157).



Both patents precisely depict the structure of a camera with a flap and a retractable lens. In turn, they lead us to an earlier patent, No. 2,404,687, filed in February 1974 and published in August 1975 by Krull & Co GmbH Ernst, with Hans Werner Johannsen as the inventor. This patent is peculiar as it mentions Krull & Co GmbH Ernst as the applicant, except in one place where an amendment refers to Minox.

The explanation is that Krull & Co was an engineering firm that contracted with Minox for the development of a new camera, the future Minox 35. It pertains to a folding camera with a retractable lens connected to the flap. The drawings in this patent are less suggestive.



To summarize, in the absence of prior patents before the first Minox patent in 1974: Krull, working for Minox, conceives a camera concept with a flap and a retractable lens. Ricoh later improves the technical aspects of this concept. Minox subsequently refines other technical aspects.
The manufacturing and machining were entrusted to Balda, as Minox had no experience in plastic manufacturing. This also explains the resemblance between the Balda CE 35 and CA 35 cameras and the Minox 35.

Model   Lens Exposure Shutter Iso Battery Misc.

35 EL 1974 Color-Minotar1
2.8/35 mm
Aperture Priority 1/30
to 1/500
25 to
800
ASA
PX 27 Speed in viewfinder
35 GL 1979 35 EL +
Backlight compensation
35 GT 1981 35 GL + Timer
Backlight compensation
35 PL 1982 Program 4
to 1/500
25 to
400
ASA
PX 27 35 GT, Automatic Exposure
35 PE 1982 35 PL + flash
35 MB 1985 Aperture Priority 1
to 1/500
25 to
1600
ISO
PX 28 35 GT + Different Design
35 ML 1985 Aperture Priority or
Program
1
to 1/500
25 to
1600
ISO
PX 28 35 MB + Program
35 AL 1987 Color-Minar1
4/35 mm
Aperture Priority 1
to 1/300
100 to
400
ISO
PX 27 Fixfocus
Existing in white
35 AF 1988 Minoxar
3.5/32 mm
  1/30
to 1/500
10 to
800
ISO
LR44 Autofocus, no flap
35 GSE   1988 Color-Minotar
2.8/35 mm
Program 1/30
to 1/500
25 to
1600
ISO
CR 1/3 N  
35 GT-E 1988 MC Minoxar
2.8/35 mm
Aperture Priority 1/30
to 1/500
25 to
1600
ISO
CR 1/3 N 35 GT +
Filtre skylight filter
35 MDC 1992 Aperture Priority or
Program
4
to 1/500
25 to
1600
ISO
PX 28 Made of aluminum, covering Titanum
35 GT-X 1995 Aperture Priority 1/8
to 1/500
25 to
320
ISO
CR 1/3 N 35 GT-E +
DX
35 GT-E II   1998 Aperture Priority 1/30
to 1/500
25 to
1600
ISO
CR 1/3 N 35 GT-E + different design
35 GT-S   1998 Aperture Priority 1/30
to 1/500
25 to
3200
ISO
CR 1/3 N Silver grey

14 lens

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From the Minox 35 series, the 35 EL was the first. It was introduced at the Photokina in 1974, causing some surprise. Despite some initial teething problems, the camera was successful and gave rise to a long line that only came to an end with the arrival of digital technology.

The 35 EL is a camera with aperture priority. It accepts films from 25 to 800 ASA. Its lens is a 2.8/35 mm, called Color-Minotar. It lacks a backlight compensation button. It has the shape that will remain common (or nearly so) to all cameras in the series.

Minox 35 EL





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