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Minox GT-E/S Point and Shoot

4 star rating
                      4 / 5 (23 Reviews)
MSRP : $0

  • Camera TypePoint and Shoot
    Film Type35mm
    Zoom LensWithout Zoom Lens
    Focus TypeFixed Focus
    Focus LockWithout Focus Lock
    Minimum Focus Distance2.3 ft.
    ISO Range - Automatic SettingISO 25 - 600
    Auto ExposureNo
    Red Eye ReductionWith Red Eye Reduction
    Self TimerYes
    Depth1.33 in.
    Height2.4 in.
    Width3.94 in.
    Weight7.04 oz.
    Product ID20242

Product Description

The GT-E and GT-S purposely show restraint when it comes to technical gadgets and concentrate on as much precision mechanics as possible. This gives the photographer more freedom for individual creative composition. Selecting the aperture, for example, enables you to creatively control the depth of field and exposure. Other amazing features of these light-weight and robust full-frame cameras are the very fast lens (f/2,8), the excellent imaging quality and the elegant design.

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by eggden a Intermediate from New York

Date Reviewed: June 29, 2003

Strengths:    Lens quality is superb.
Pocket-sized versatiliy
Shutter release is super quiet.(Great for candid people shots)
Great design/looks

Weaknesses:    Luckily I have not experienced the usual shutter problems others have with this camera. I can only tell you that I will keep treating my cameras with the care and respect they deserve. The Minox GT E/S is a little delicate, but this negative is far outweighed by the positives.
To those who don't like the focus guess-work: Relax... part of the fun of this little gem are the beautiful, happy accidents that occur. A little challenge is fun. Actually, I consider the focus-guessing a strength.

Bottom Line:   
After admiring both the camera and it's results through a friend(minox devotee)almost 10 years ago, I finally got one of my own. I was shopping for a camera gift for my wife(beginner) and thought of that funny little minox my friend had shown me years ago. I resisted the temptation to buy it for her, as it does demand a little more knowledge/experience of photography. And I would have hogged it all the time. For her, I settled on the minox CD-155(fantastic buy for her needs).
As for me, the little present to myself has proved most fruitful. I can't emphasize enough how wonderful the lens quality is. Amazing clarity and contrast. Wonderful optics. I am a visual artist, so I take my casual snapshots a little more seriously at times. This camera has yielded some fantasticly creative results. Some have said they find the guess work of the focusing a drawback, but that is something easily overcome within shooting a roll or two. It definitely helps if the user has a little understanding of some basic photographic principles. It is not for absolute beginners, but perfect for an advancad novice looking for less bulk(much less!) than an SLR. The size of this camera is a huge plus; you will be hard-pressed to find quality like this in any other similarly sized camera. Truly pocket-sized, it is a terrific travel/candid/surprise/street camera. It is easy to carry on your person at all times; I no longer miss those great spontaneity opportunities that would arise as my SLR sat on a shelf at home!

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Price Paid:    $340.00

Purchased At:   Adorama

Similar Products Used:   Pentax K-1000
Minox CD-155
Pentax 70s
Kodak DC215, digital

Type of photography:   Other

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Sam a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: April 21, 2003

Strengths:    Lens!!!
Control over exposure and DOF
Manual override by ASA setting

Weaknesses:    Quality!!!!!!!!!!!

Bottom Line:   
The idea of this camera is great! But... First the good things: The camera is very small and light so one can carry it everywhere. The lens is great, sharpness and contrast are absolutely first rate. The photographer has a good amount of control to be creativ.

But... the quality is crappy! I bought mine new, but after 6 weeks (!) the shutter stopped working. The ML of my father failed too...

And you can forget about the flash, it won't work either (Mine didn't)

If you are looking for a controllable compact camera which takes great pictures and is strong built go for a Rollei 35SE

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   switzerland

Similar Products Used:   Rollei 35SE (great), stylus epic (great), several Nikons

Type of photography:   Outdoor

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by John Magel a Expert from Boise, ID, USA

Date Reviewed: November 9, 2002

Strengths:    A true shirt-pocket camera capable of producing outstanding photographs. Light, easy controls - a classic - of sorts.

Weaknesses:    Useful life. My several broke-down at about the end of the warranty period. Various causus. One failed altogether - a freeze up of all auto exp. and metering functions. A freeze up of film advance. My current example's film counter recently failed. None of these problems seemed correctable. Quality control may be the issue. One hopes it improves

Bottom Line:   
The best and only MF truly compact zone focus camera - except the wonderful Rollei 35. I've carried the Minox for years both as prime and backup. Great results. I've had several over the years: see the S/W below. I love the camera when it functions. Probably I will buy another despite the weaknesses.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Mail Order

Similar Products Used:   The only remotely similar camera is the Rollei 35. I used several. None of the current auto everything P&S are remotely similar. Both the Contax T and the Oly MX have rangefinders, thus not similar. N

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:2
Submitted by RobinT a Intermediate from Vancouver

Date Reviewed: September 20, 2002

Strengths:    I liked being able to control the shutter speed by setting the aperature, yet be able to shoot off a fast picture without looking at either, if I wanted. Because it displays the shutter speed, I could see what kind of shutter speed I was going to get in marginal lighting, such as in forests. Not having a zoom lens is a bit limiting at times. The manual film advance and no flash means the camera has much lower power requirements than the point and shoot.

Weaknesses:    Reliability: Almost all of these cameras eventually have the electronics fail, and cannot be repaired. The models in the 70's had lots of problems getting the non-standard batteries. They also had a mechanical shutter speed needle, which ultimately failed. The second one I've used recently was an improved 1989 model.
One improvement was to replace the mechanical shutter speed needle with with LEDs. More reliable, although often difficult to see in bright sunlight. The most recent one I've had was bought new in 1989 with a "lifetime" warranty. It was repaired twice with the warranty, and then in 2002 the shutter stopped working again, and could not be fixed.

Bottom Line:   
I've had 2 of these cameras, and know 4 or 5 other people who have had them as well. The camera is still the smallest available, takes excellent pictures, gives you the right amount of control, and works in cold and wet weather. The F2.8 fixed focal length lens is much faster than any zoom camera, allowing use in low light conditions, such as in a forest.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Lens and Shutter

Similar Products Used:   Contax T, Olympus Stylus Epic

Type of photography:   Outdoor

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by PhotoFrans a Expert from Waddinxveen, The Netherlands

Date Reviewed: July 22, 2002

Strengths:    · Sharp lens (except AL version, fixed focus)
· Aperture priority, full creative control.
· shutter speed in viewfinder (1/30 to 1/500)
· Small
· Hot-shoe on top
· very quiet shutter release
· Tripod thread
· skylight 1A and ND4 grey filter with lens hood available

Weaknesses:    · NO AE-lock
· NO rangefinder (guess the focus not always accurate)
· Shutter prone to problems (easy fixed)
· fiddly film loading
· Plastic feel, cheap looks
· Viewfinder not very crisp.
· Light meter is easily fooled in contrasty situations (severe underexposure)
· two-stroke film advance

Bottom Line:   
Minox 35 cameras are nice looking and fun cameras to use. Except for the AL version have sharp and contrasty 2.8/35 mm minotar lenses, if stopped down from f 5.6 and up. The lens is on par with Rollei 35 Tessars, Olympus XA and Petri Color 35 lenses. These cameras are not intended for beginners, you’ll need to know about photography to get good results. There is a Russian copy, the Kiev 35A but the lens and camera itself do not even come close to its original (35EL) The Korsar lens on this camera is really terrible compared to the minotar of its original. I really have NO idea why people sometimes pay high prices for these awful clones and seem to like its optical qualities. I like the layout and ‘door’ on these cameras. You’ll have full creative control with these aperture priority (sadly no AE-lock) manual focus (sadly no rangefinder) cameras with accessories such as leather case, skylight and ND4 clip-on filters with attached lens-hood. The lens hood shields the bottom part of the viewfinder, this really annoys me at times. A hot-shoe on top is a nice feature, downside is the camera switches itself to 1/125 when an accessory is attached (like a clip-on rangefinder for example). The lack of a rangefinder makes sure you’ll always have some out of focus shots in your roll of film because you guess the distance wrong (mostly when focussing closer than 2 meters) or forget to focus at all because you are not reminded by the double-image patch of a rangefinder. The Olympus XA and the far better Contax T have such rangefinders. The flashes available for these cameras are better than the Olympus A11/A16 flash for the XA but not nearly as good as the T14 flash from the Contax T (my favourite pocket camera).
Before buying take of the back and look through the lens while firing the shutter numerous times, just hearing the shutter click won’t do because if the shutter doesn’t open you’ll still here the ‘click’.

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Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

Similar Products Used:   Contax T, Kiev 35A, Rollei 35 (German and Singapore version), 35 LED, 35B, 35S, Olympus XA/XA2/RC/SP, Petri Color 35, Petri 7S, Canonet 28, Canonet QL17GIII, Leica CL, Leica IIIC, several Zorki’s and

Type of photography:   Other

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