Minolta 16 Sub Miniature Camera for 16mm film, with case

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The classic Minolta 16 was the first in a line of 16mm subminiature cameras made by Minolta between 1955 and 1974. The negative size is 10x14mm for earlier models, using single-perforated 16mm film. It is possible to load your own cassettes, and also develop the film using a special developing tank with a spiral insert for 16mm film.

The heritage of the Minolta 16 can be traced back to the Mica Automat built by Konan in 1947. before Minolta bought out Konan in the early 1950s. The company continued producing their own brand of cameras under the Konan name for several years, leading to the first camera labeled Minolta 16 (a rebadged Konan 16) - the now-very-rare Minolta 16 Automat of 1955, only sold in Japan, which used a redesigned film cassette not compatible with the Konan badged model.

This Minolta 16 was the first to be built and mass-produced by Minolta themselves and exported around the World, introduced in 1957.  It features a fixed-focus 25mm lens, apertures from f/3.5 to f/11, and shutter speeds from 1/50 to 1/200 plus bulb. Film advance is via a Minox-style push-pull housing.

It accepts slip-on filters and close-up lenses, was available in six colours in addition to the standard chrome.

  • Type: subminiature viewfinder camera
  • Manufacturer: Chiyoda Kogaku (Minolta)
  • Film: Minolta 16mm film cartridges
  • Lens: Rokkor 1:3.5/25mm (3 elements)
  • Shutter: speeds 1/25 sec., 1/50 sec, and 1/200 sec.
  • Aperture: f/3.5, f/4, f/5.6, f/8, and f/11
  • Focusing: fixed (15 ft.)
  • Viewfinder: optical
  • Dimensions: collapsed 82×45×24mm, otherwise 107×45×24mm
  • Weight: 150g
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