Minox 110S

The Minox 110S is made of  matt black plastic (Makrolon?) but in a solid 5"x1"x2" 5 oz (131x26x54mm, 130g) block with smooth lines making it easy to slip in and out of a coat pocket. A lever on the bottom of the camera opens up the "French-doors" that protect the lens, viewfinder and meter.

The depth of field scale on the top of the camera is coupled to the focusing scaling which can be set to display meters or feet and inches. Close focus to 60cm (2 feet) with parallax compensation in the viewfinder. The 25mm f2.8 (4 element in 3 groups) lens is considered as one of the top ten subminiature lenses by William White in Subminiature Photography. The lens Aperture can be set manually from f2.8 to f16 and automatically f2.8 to f22 with flash.

The shutter release is locked if there is a used flash in the firing position. The matching electronic flash is attached to the side of the camera by a thumb screw and fixes the shutter speed to 1/40th second.

Automatic electronic shutter with speeds ranging from 1/1000 to approximately 4 seconds.  CdS meter provides aperture-priority automatic exposure control. Film speed is automatically set to 19DIN/64ASA and 27DIN/400ASA when 400 ASA cartridge is inserted. The viewfinder displays aperture and over-/under- exposure warning. The two Mallory MN625 batteries are inserted in the door.

Original list price of nearly 300USD (street price 225USD). 

The camera was sold with hard case and also as a kit with the electronic flash  and hard cases for both. There is also a dealer display transparent camera.


D. Scott young has a user report on the Minox 110S at http://mywebpages.comcast.net/youngds/110Cameras/Minox110S/Minox110S.htm

Model 110S with electronic flash
Serial # 4532610
Lens 4 element 25mm Minoctar lens, aperture ranged from f2.8 down to f16 (automatic f2.8 to f22 depending on guide number of flash cubes
Shutter 1/1000th to 4 seconds, locked if there is a used flash cube in the firing position
Rangerfinder Superimposed image, rectangular measuring patch in centre of viewfinder
Viewfinder Bright line telescope viewfinder with automatic parallax compensation. Aperture setting and warning arrows visible in viewfinder.
Warning lights Over exposure and long exposure warning lights appear in the viewfinder
Finish/colour black
Dimensions 131x26x54mm (5"x1"x2")
Weight 5 oz 130 grams (with battery, without film)
Battery two Varta 7203, 246 or Mallory MN625, battery tester with glow light indicator
Flash Built in socket for X-cubes with automatic cube rotation. connections for special Minox electronic flash unit F 110.
Tripod socket 1/4"
Case burgundy brown snap shut leather case
Accessories wrist strap (a chrome snake chain)
Instructions English 76/06, German 76/03
Purchased 2003/09/11 (long box with flash)
Date of Manufacture 1974
Cost 98EUR
Current Value 100EUR
Auction Price Ebay 2001/11/17 171DEM (box), 2001/11/17 26USD, 2001/11/22 115.50USD (box), 2002/01/20 42.50EUR,  2002/02/16 32.49EUR, 2002/04/22 162.97USD (box), *2002/05/01 59.55EUR, 2002/05/05 20.49EUR, 2002/05/27 31GBP (box),  2002/09/01 51USD, 2002/09/01 37GBP, 2002/09/02 15.50USD (no camera, case + F110), 2002/09/22 15.50USD (long box with flash only), 2002/10/13 84.01USD (long box with flash), 2002/10/29 38.38EUR (box), 2003/03/21 67USD (camera & flash), 2003/04/22 96EUR, 2003/05/02 84EUR (long box with flash), 2003/05/07 73USD, 2003/05/16 85EUR, *2003/09/11 98EUR (long box with flash), 2003/11/01 36.03EUR, 2003/12/16 75USD, 2004/02/03 46.87USD (box, case), 2004/02/15 110.39USD (with flash), 2004/03/29 106EUR, 2004/06/22 65.85EUR,  2004/07/22 150USD (long box with flash), 2005/05/06 112.50USD (box, case), 2005/05/15 110.50USD (long box with flash), 2005/06/07 105USD  (long box with flash), 2005/06/07 41USD  (long box with flash), 2005/07/13 99.77USD (box), 2005/07/18 24.50USD, 2005/08/30 41USD, 2005/09/19 17.05EUR, 2006/01/10 33.88USD  (long box with flash), 2006/03/20 22.05EUR (long box with flash), 2006/05/21 88.77USD (long box with flash), 2008/01/02 49.99USD (case), 2008/01/05 39.02GBP (box)
Comment English handbook and spare flash case 2002/10/09 16.50USD


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