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photoblog image @ MoMA #2 - Minox / Walter Zapp

@ MoMA #2 - Minox / Walter Zapp

This Minox sub miniature camera you see here is the first miniature in the world, designed by Walter Zapp in 1936, developed just before the 2nd world war. Walter Zapp was one of the pioneers of Photography. The Minox is built in yellow filter, switches to half  to 1/1000 sec, it has the ability to shoot from the distance of 20cm without any additional lenses, 90% of shots without readjusting precision, it's dimensions: 1.7 x 2.7 x 8.0cm, weighs 125g and uses 8 x 11mm film. Initially it was marketed both as Luxury / Spy  camera which highly favors sercet agents  as a compatiable tool for their documentations with excellent quality......Click on link for more info. on Walter Zapp. 

The Minox (spy cam) was actually used in one of James Bond's movies "On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)"  and also listed on Bond Lifestyle Gadgets.

Actually this sub miniature camera reminds me of the Nokia's L'Amour collection  7380  ;)

@ MoMA #2 - Minox / Walter Zapp

This Minox sub miniature camera you see here is the first miniature in the world, designed by Walter Zapp in 1936, developed just before the 2nd world war. Walter Zapp was one of the pioneers of Photography. The Minox is built in yellow filter, switches to half  to 1/1000 sec, it has the ability to shoot from the distance of 20cm without any additional lenses, 90% of shots without readjusting precision, it's dimensions: 1.7 x 2.7 x 8.0cm, weighs 125g and uses 8 x 11mm film. Initially it was marketed both as Luxury / Spy  camera which highly favors sercet agents  as a compatiable tool for their documentations with excellent quality......Click on link for more info. on Walter Zapp. 

The Minox (spy cam) was actually used in one of James Bond's movies "On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)"  and also listed on Bond Lifestyle Gadgets.

Actually this sub miniature camera reminds me of the Nokia's L'Amour collection  7380  ;)

comments (35)

That is back when camera were works of art as well as being functional.
Nacha Kama: Yes you so right Michael. Thanks!
un pan de l'histoire de la photo et du cinéma dans ce petit parallélépipède
Nacha Kama: Merci Lasiate
Great info and a cool shot.
Nacha Kama: Merci Red Pen!
  • Sidney
  • Philippines
  • 30 Aug 2007, 02:16
That is indeed an interesting camera! Thanks for pointing this to me.
Nacha Kama: Thanks!
  • Kay
  • United States
  • 30 Aug 2007, 02:24
I love the museum pieces you are showing us, Nacha! Not only do you educate us, but you also supplement the information with wonderful photos.
Great pp work here.
Nacha Kama: Thanks Kay. Am Glad that you are following up and paying close attention to my blog...thanks!
Those things are justifiably famous. My father used to have one, and it took simply amazing pictures for something this small and old.
Nacha Kama: Very famous. I know they produce powerful results!
dig the new layout to the blog...
good choice. did you modify it your self?
Nacha Kama: Hey Silly, glad you like the layout...Nope!
j'aime bien ça!
Nacha Kama: Merci Objectif-P
  • Ins
  • 30 Aug 2007, 07:23
faut pas avoir de gros doigts ;o)
Nacha Kama: Thanks Ines
Fascinating! 1936 and yet the lines look so clean and modern. (:o)
Nacha Kama: PP Rosa :p
Thanks for stopping by wink
Lovely piece and a great photo !!
Nacha Kama: thanks dear
  • E Etomi
  • Sweden
  • 30 Aug 2007, 08:09
Thanks for sharing all this photography info. It great for us who have no prior knowledge...smile
Nacha Kama: Anytime!
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 30 Aug 2007, 08:48
Very cool piece of education here, NaCha! I didn't know. smile

I did find myself wanting to straighten it just a tad, though. Did you know your Granny is such a perfectionist? sad
Nacha Kama: Thanks You Granny. Now you know smile I did straighten it but thot if i do it some more i would mess it up...Now i know that you are perfectionist and i think it;s a good thing wink
  • kurt
  • Austria
  • 30 Aug 2007, 12:24
interesting - thanks a lot for the information.
Nacha Kama: Anytime Kurt! thanks for stopping by as always...
Mignons, ces petits Minox et astucieuse composition !
Nacha Kama: Thank You!
  • Ronald
  • Netherlands
  • 30 Aug 2007, 13:34
Excellent packshot! The pp really adds to the historical importance and inmpact of this little gem.
The design was way ahead of its time I think.
Nacha Kama: U can say that agin Ronald...thanks for stopping by
  • clarence
  • Irving, TX, USA
  • 30 Aug 2007, 13:34
Makes me want to watch an old Bond movie again. Minox made some really good stuff.
Nacha Kama: Yep! thanks for stopping by...
  • Shailja
  • Boston
  • 30 Aug 2007, 15:19
It still looks sleek! I like the shot and its grainy feel...
Nacha Kama: Thanks!
  • iskoo
  • philippines
  • 30 Aug 2007, 15:37
wow, i wonder if the film is still available now adays. i would like to have such camera using a memory card.
Nacha Kama: U can purchase the Nokia phone then....it would be cool to have this using a menory card. Thanks iskoo
  • Manuela
  • Germany
  • 30 Aug 2007, 15:44
Incredible and thanks for the info!
Nacha Kama: Thanks Manuela
  • Saratu
  • I am not sure
  • 30 Aug 2007, 16:11
Lovely shot. i love the way the info under the camera fade out.
Nacha Kama: Thanks!
A good picture witch make me less idiot ;-)
Nacha Kama: uhmmmm ????
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 30 Aug 2007, 17:17
Fascinating. Thanks for the info! And nice graininess.
Nacha Kama: Merci Ruth!
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 30 Aug 2007, 19:32
Looks more like an mp3 player
Nacha Kama: Yep! it could pass for that too
Very interresting, it's the first time I hear something about Mr Zapp (A name for photography smile ) I didn't know these miniatures exists before WW2...
Nacha Kama: Well now you know Zeb!
Hey, I love old, antique and special cameras.
Love the grain in this shot as well. Adds to the antique feeling.
Nacha Kama: Thanks for REACTING to this wink
Nice shot, Good day, yannick
Nacha Kama: Thanks and Good day too.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 30 Aug 2007, 20:42
So where are the beautiful people today?

A nice picture of some old technology. A picture of a picture taker so to say. Great.
Nacha Kama: Common Mr.L get used to something esle for now...people, i will produce later...Thanks anyways
  • Still
  • 30 Aug 2007, 22:13
Nice image of a great little camera!
Nacha Kama: Thanks Still!
  • nicolas
  • France
  • 30 Aug 2007, 22:59
wow ! i got the same at home smile
Nacha Kama: ReallY! Glad to have you back...But hey Bud who you spying on??? ...LOL :p
  • crash
  • NYC
  • 31 Aug 2007, 02:51
spy camera ??!
Nacha Kama: Yup! Bud...i think we should go get one...hehe
A capture of a camera how clever!
I always wanted to be a spy!
  • vinz
  • France, Rennes
  • 1 Sep 2007, 08:55
Very beautiful picture, I like much!
  • nissou*
  • belgium
  • 1 Sep 2007, 12:11
une belle image qui nous en apprend bien des choses... j'aime beaucoup l'aspect ancien de cette photo.. très approprié!

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