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The Minox is a subminiature camera conceived in 1922 and invented in 1936 by German-Latvian Walter Zapp, which Latvian factory VEF (Valsts Elektrotehnisk? Fabrika) manufactured from 1937 to 1943. After World War II, the camera was redesigned and production resumed in Germany in 1948. Originally envisioned as a luxury item, it gained wide notoriety as a spy camera. Minox branched out into 110 format and 35mm cameras in 1976 and 1978, respectively.
from a Gartner Blog…
Photographers have fond memories of the original spy camera, the Minox. Invented just before WWII, and reportedly seeing some small amount of action in that war, it became a spy staple during the 50s and 60s. Fitting neatly into the pocket, and concealable in the hand, at only 130 grams, it was a convenient and reliable little camera for surveillance. Able to focus down to 20cm, and often provided with a carrying chain that included a bead at that optimal focus point, it was very useful for document copying.
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