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The last commercial design by Walter Zapp. It was also sold as a presentation set with the EC.
Walter Zapp left Minox at the age of 45. It is not clear what he did for the rest of his working life. The reports that he designed (invented) beer bottle tops and binoculars and worked on the "subminiature for the 21st Century" that no one, sadly, is likely to manufacture. In 1990 Minox marketed his T8, pocket telescope.
The T8 has been seen on Ebay for $200 and as low as 90EURO. They have appeared in clusters and bidding has often been fierce.
It is a x8 telescope where the path of the light is bent back on itself and squashed into the device a few mm less than width of a credit card but slightly longer.
When you view you have a 1:1 image and a white circle to locate the subject. Look down slightly and you see the area of the white spot enlarged x8. The optics are not as clear as on the MD8x16.
The case has a belt loop and button down flap.
There are two levers on the corner. One to focus the image and the other to open and close the lens protection.
Some modern digital cameras used a folded optical system to zoom inside the confines of the camera body and so do not have the Pinocolo nose.
So of the two, the MD8x16 and the T8 my preference is the metal body MD8x16 with it's larger viewing area and crystal clear optics. The T8 has a plastic body. With the metal shell of the T8L as you hold close to your face the metal will conduct heat away which in winter is not so pleasant and it is for this reason that Walter Zapp has been reported to have said he preferred the plastic version.
Had the T8L been credit card size it would be the perfect match for the Victorinox SwissCard (http://www.victorinox.com/), EON ice (www.iainsinclair.com), which of course where designed more recently.
For 8x11 users a version of the Emo-Optik would be more useful as a telephoto for the Minox camera.
|Date of Manufacture
|Ebay *2004/04/24 144EUR (box), 2007/01/15 243.45EUR (box)
Last Updated on 15th January 2007