The introduction of 110 cameras in 1972 saw the demise of
many 16mm formats. The 110 cartridge is loaded with paper backed film in a large cartridge, much larger than the popular
Minolta 16mm format. The film is also not held flat and full advantage of the 13x17 negative not made. The distinction was that Kodak got many manufacturers to produce cameras and hence other film manufacturers sold 110
film cartridges. More features where added and the size of these cameras became larger and more expensive. The more popular 35mm cameras were becoming smaller and simpler to use. So the market for 110 dissipated.
See the article "Brief
Books on 110 subminiature cameras and their accessories;
relating to the formats in this section. See also under
This collection of the "Pro" 110 Canon, Minolta, Minox, Pentax and Rollei 110 cameras and
accessories was begun in 2002, with acquisitions via Ebay. The scope of
this section increased with by consideration of other interesting and novel
design. Here are
details on this collection and related information about subminiature photography.
The inclusion in this collection is of a very narrow range of
110 cameras. These have been selected to show what might have been the development of 16mm cameras had the 110 format not been so heavily hyped.
The "Pro" Cameras
Pentax 110 and Super: the smallest SLRs and by far the largest 110 system - and the most
popular 110 camera.
Rollei A110 and E110: among the smallest and most elegant 110 cameras, a beautiful design.
Programmed operation in the A110, aperture priority in the much harder to find E110.
Minox 110S: the best range finder 110, with aperture priority, wonderful VF/RF for a 110.
Canon ED and ED20: the fastest
range finders with f2 lenses, well made with
lots of features, including date stamp, but rather large and heavy for a 110.
Minolta 110 SLR's: Mark I and II,
both had fixed zooms and are inordinately large for
110's. Surprisingly popular. Of special note is the
submarine, one of the early 5m water proof 110 cameras.
Other 110 Cameras
Agfa did not get
into the market of subminiature until 110 and produced a range of cameras from
the cheapest to among the most expensive, typically well made even if the
results invariably did not match the 'pro' 110 cameras.
Balda made the
Minox 110S and continued to make it under their own brand name after Minox
manufactured by Fuji Film includes the first zoom 110 camera.
Hanimex Micro 110
one of the smallest 110 cameras with similar cameras under many brand names.
Mickey Wonders Why Micro
Minimax 110 camera
resembling a standard 35mm compact.
Radicame CR1, CR2 and CR3 radios with built in cameras.
bino/cam combined camera and binoculars
Vivitar Micro 110
one of the smallest 110 cameras
Voigtländer Vitoret 110
small black camera with pen-style pocket clip
Yashica Electro 110
Photographs taken with various 110 subminiature
Anyone interested in owning and using a subminiature camera will find many
samples to choose from. Less common are the original instruction manuals. The
manuals listed here are scanned at 300 dpi, saved as JPEG files and viewed
from an HTML menu or using a standard paint package.
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Frequently asked questions.
For the most detailed information on using subminiature cameras visit the link
page. There have been however a number of tips posted in usenet, lists and
forums that are not otherwise available.
For coverage on 110 subminiature cameras see the SubClub (http://www.subclub.org/shop/110.htm).