Books on Subminiature Cameras and Photography
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the click of a button.
Some of these books listed below are still in print and are easy to find.
Others have been out-of-print for many years and are difficult to
locate. In this case, check out the
BASEMENT section of the
LIBRARY. Many of these books were available in different
editions, which included different information depending on the
Out of Print Search Services
- Advanced Book Exchange--for books
that are used, rare, and out of print, a free place for buyers and sellers
to get together. Includes a directory of several hundred dealers.
- BiblioFind: free out of print
book search service.
- Zvab (www.zvab.com) always has some books on Minox. There is an English text version, as well as German, and they ship world wide. Sold books are deleted
quickly, but the page is updated rather seldom. New offerings come in only monthly or so. The prices, however, are fixed, so you won't need to outbid anyone like on EBay.
8x11 & 16mm Books and Literature
The section on Minox (and other 8x11 format) books can be found under
The section on Minolta, Rollei, Mamiya, Kiev, Yashica and other 16mm books can be found under
Manuals & Books
Supplies of manuals and books can be seen under General - Links -
Suppliers of Manuals. Original and
photo-copies are available from a number of places.
A number of articles have appeared in :-
- Marco Antonetto and Mario Malavolti,
Made in Italy
Michel Auer, The Illustrated History of the Camera (1975), 285 pages. A large
book covering the history of camera development with impressive
photographs. It includes chapters on subminiatures
and detective cameras. .
- Claude Bellon, Robot Historica, 1995, 300 pages.
-- covers models up to 1994. Glossy pages accompanied by data, photographs and
information for the collector. Only the SC is a subminiature (based upon image
format and camera size) but Robot cameras remain of interest to subminiature
- Brian Coe, Cameras: (1978),
240 pages covers the history of cameras from daguerreotypes to instant
pictures with over 600 drawings of cameras and inner workings.
Chapters:- The evolution of photography --Early photographic apparatus
--Folding stand cameras --Hand plate cameras --Concealed cameras --magazines
and multiple images --Early roll film images --Roll film box cameras --The
35mm camera --small and miniature cameras --The Reflex camera --Twin lens
Cameras --Stereoscope Cameras --Panoramic Cameras --Processing in the camera
--Lenses --Shutters --Exposure meters --and flash equipment.
- Philip Condax , The Evolution of the Japanese Camera (1984),
101 pages. Published by Kodak and the George Eastman International
Museum of Photography this book details briefly the Japanese cameras
that made photographic history, including many subminiature cameras.
- Joseph D. Cooper, Ultra-Miniature
Joseph D. Cooper also wrote many articles on subminiature
photography in Modern Photography from 1958 through 1962 There are 51
columns and 71 pages of material covering all aspects of subminiature
- Prince R. de Cro˙-Roelx, Cameras: Macchine Fotografiche,
1997, 140 pages. With over 100 colour photographs the book covers portable
cameras including CameraLite, Compass, Coronet, Expo, Mercury, Micro16,
Mikroma, Minicord, Minox, Petal, Photoret, Robot, Golden Ricoh, Steineck ABC,
Tessina, Ticka and Vanity, In English and Italian.
- Art Evans, Collector's Guide to Rollei Cameras, 1986,
270 pages, covers a brief history of the company, models from medium
format to subminiature such as the Rollie 16 and 110 cameras including
extensive photographs, serial numbers
- Jerry Friedman, The Complete Half Frame Guide
1998, fully illustrated guide to 35mm half frame 18x24mm format, 24x24mm
format and Bolta 35mm
film cameras with detailed history covering models of the 20th Century. It has
a good reference list to find out more.
- Jerry Friedman,
The New Subminiature Camera and
Darkroom Guide 1996, 109 pages, 2nd Edition, 1998, 93 pages text, 24
pages of illustrations. It covers basic 8x11, 16mm and a couple of
Tessina models and has sections on using these cameras today with details on
finding cassettes, slitting film and reloading. Darkroom techniques include
exposure and developing of film, making enlargements, darkroom chemicals and
- T.L.Green ULTRA
miniature CAMERA technique, Publisher Focal Press Ltd, 1965 216 pages is a
comprehensive technique book about subminiature photography; various
subminiature cameras were discussed, including Minox, Gami, Edixa, Mikroma,
- Kalton Lahue, Collecting Vintage Cameras, 1972
consists of serveral volumes such as "The American 35mm".
Many subminiatures are covered by manufacturer.
- Kalton Lahue,
Petersen's Guide to
Pocket Camera Photography, 1973,
- Kalton Lahue, 110 Format
Photography, 1976, 81 pages. The most extensive information on 110
cameras and how to use them. Unfortunately it was not updated when the Minolta
and Pentax zoom cameras came out.
- Eaton Lothrop, A History of Detective and Concealed
Cameras, 1973, 150 pages, Published by the Eastman Museum, describing,
with pictures, 100 cameras from 1839 to 1939 including many subminiature and
- Eaton Lothrop, Geheimkameras und ihre abenteuerliche
Geschichte, 1978, 176 pages. in German. Covering Detective and concealed
cameras in hats, shoe, binoculars, walking stick, watch, book, compact,
leather bag, revolver, pistol, cigarette lighter, pen and radio.
- Richard Lowell, Yashica Guide, 1958,1959, 136
pages is a general book on photography, and the Yashica cameras of the period
including one chapter to the Yashica Y16.
- Mario Malavolti,
Le Fotocamere Italiane Subminiatura
1995 (in Italian and English) is a book Italian subminiature cameras. from the
likes of Bencini; C.O.M.I; Ducati; F.A.F.-Moretti; Ferrania-3M; Ferro;
Officine Galileo-GAMI; G.P.M.; I.S.O; O.M.I;Parva; San Giorgio; San Marco; S.C.A.T;
Sida, O.M.I.-S.I.R.C.E. Sunshine as well as 110, 18x24, 24x24 and
- James McKeown, McKeown's
Price Guide to Antique and Classic Cameras,
1995/1996, 1997/1998, ..., 2001/2002, 2003/2004 (12th Edition
- Keith Melton, The Ultimate Spy Book, 1996. From
the owner of the spy museum the book covers the history of cameras and
photography as playing a big part in espionage.
- Cyril Permutt, Collecting Old Cameras, 1975 200
pages. Chapter 7 deals with subminiature cameras and provides a good
starting point for collectors.
- Jean Princelle, Russian and Soviet Cameras , 1995
details the many firms that produced subminiature cameras in Soviet Russian
giving pictures, production numbers descriptions.
- Michael Pritchard, Spy
Camera: A Century of Detective and Subminiature Cameras,
- Cynthia A. Repinski,
The Univex Story
- Ed Romney, Basic
Training in Camera Repair covers Compur, Copal and other leaf
shutters, cloth and metal focal plane shutters, rangefinders, auto focus
systems, meters, mirrors, lenses, wind systems, testing, cleaning, lubrication
and adjustment. It uses a systems approach so you can fix most cameras and is
easy to understand.
- Carl Shipman, How to select and use Minolta SLR
Cameras, 1980 -- This 208-page book has sections on the Minolta 110 Zoom SLR
and the Mark II.
- Carl Shipman, How to select and use Pentax SLR Cameras,
1977, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982. The later editions of this book have
a section on the Pentax 110 SLR
- Prof. Dr. Josef Stüper,
- Koichi Sugiyama, The Collector's Guide to Japanese
Cameras, 1985 has brief details and a photograph on all Japanese cameras
from 1845 through 1984 and is so thorough with many not seen outside of Japan.
- Kenneth Tydings, The Bolsey Guide, --includes
the Bolsey 8 movie and still camera.
- Kenneth Tydings,
New Minox Guide,
- Kenneth Tydings, Advanced Yashica Guide, 1958,1959,
96 pages Similar in format to the Minolta and Ricoh Guides this one covered all of Yashica's camera models available in 1958; TLR's,
35mm rangefinders and the Yashica Y16.
- William White, The Microdot
, 1992, but
already out of print. Includes a translation of a letter from Walter Zapp.
John Williams, Image Clarity: High Resolution Photography , 1990, very technical
but may help get the best out of subminiature negatives.
Last updated 12th December 2005