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Minolta discontinued 16mm film in 1994; in the end they were selling empty cassettes for $0.25 each at the Ramsey, NJ Minolta building. Cassettes with or without film frequently sell now for more that the cameras.
Avoid the cassettes with the Made in W. Germany (small boxes labelled Minolta 16 and Yashica 16 EE) as these are of poor standard and leak light. An attempt to make batches of cassettes was offered to users in the 1990s, Unfortunately these are thin, some have holes and film is ruined. Although an offer was made to replacement them from a new improved batches there are still a number in circulation.
Information on reloading Minolta 16mm cassettes is available in many of the manuals and a short note also at SubClub.org (http://www.subclub.org/darkroom/rollmin.htm).
Minolta Mania (http://silverstone.fortunecity.com/chrysler/1000/mincass.html) gives details on various packaging styles over a number of years.
Various Minolta 16mm cassettes: Minolta, Made in Japan (some have easy snap off bridges), Made in Germany (in the red boxes for Yashica and Minolta 16), ST (note the cone in the cap of the feed chamber, these cassettes are slightly thicker and perhaps the most robust for continued reloads). The yellow box is a Minolta cassette for re-loads, sold without film. Cassettes where also sold by a company called FR (which sold the film and offered processing), Ultima and others. The Minolta cassettes are fairly easy to find today, but are getting more rare and expensive.
The later cassette with the snap off bridge where designed to be used with Minolta Daylight loading developing tank. This is not a good idea and if you are using these a good tip is to reinforce the bridge with a drop of epoxy.
Although Mamiya 16 cameras also use 10x14mm negative and do not require perforations the cassettes have very different mechanisms for the film take up spool.
Ebay 2002/03/01 39.97USD x2, 2001/08/25 18GBP, *2001/09/25 41USD x5, 2002/01/04 37USD x6, 2002/02/19 33USD boxed, x2, 2002/02/27 27USD holiday pak b/w, 2002/03/24 26USD with manual, 2002/03/25 102.50USD 2xcolor, 2xb/w box, *2002/03/31 9.50EUR b/w box, 2002/03/31 15USD, 2002/04/12 23.47USD, 2002/04/19 16.50USD color box, 2002/04/19 17.47USD, 2002/04/27 17.50USD, 2002/04/29 120USD x8 panchromatic +16Ps, 2002/04/29 43.77USD x2, 2002/05/01 26.55USD x1, 2002/05/02 30USD b/w box, 2002/05/02 15.52USD, 2002/05/17 20USD b/w box, 2002/05/19 20.50USD, 2002/05/19 51USD b/w + color box, 2002/05/21 15.50USD, 2002/06/07 15.50USD red box/Canada, 2002/06/23 22.50USD ST 16 type, 2002/06/23 20.50USD ST 16 type, 2002/06/28 28USD x2, 2002/07/07 15.50USD b/w box, 2002/07/07 41.02USD b/w + color box, 2002/08/16 12.50USD x3 film, flashbulb unit, 2002/08/27 11.50USD color box, 2002/11/24 61USD x10, 2002/12/01 6.50EUR, 2002/12/14 20.50USD x2, 2003/02/04 10.50USD, 2003/02/17 23.50USD x2, 2003/02/17 24.05USD x3, 2003/03/12 115USD 10 pack, 2003/03/17 25USD box, 2003/06/04 15.53USD x6, 2003/07/26 11.25EUR b/w, 2003/07/28 31.01USD x3, 2003/11/08 72USD x6 color, 2003/11/30 51USD x6 b/w, 2004/01/10 13.25USD, 2004/01/12 55USD x6, 2004/02/04 20.50USD x3, 2004/02/07 4.75GBP German, 2004/02/14 26.51USD x4, 2004/02/24 15USD, 2004/02/24 15USD, 2004/02/24 15USD, 2004/02/24 15USD, 2004/02/24 15USD, 2004/05/12 29USD, 2004/07/11 9USD color box, 2004/07/31 9.50USD , * 2004/09/11 22.50USD x5, 16P close up lens, 2004/11/04 51USD x12, 2004/12/06 33GBP x2 color, 2004/12/06 11GBP, 2005/01/12 31USD x6, 2005/01/31 122.50US x31, 2005/02/06 39.95USD x3 color, 2005/02/14 8.50USD b/w, 2005/02/20 12.19GBP x2, 2005/03/04 26USD x2 color, 2005/03/23 5.99USD b/w, 2005/03/29 12.50USD b/w, 2005/07/15 11.50USD (slide+neg film boxed)
Last Updated on 15th July 2005