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1932. 16mm (13x18 exposures) sub-miniature camera. Astar f2.7 and Tachon f0.95 lenses are rare. Also known as Volks-Minifex, Standard-Minifex, and Super-Lichtstarke Minifex, depending on the lens.


Fotofex-Kaftanski: Minifex camera

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Date
Condition Price
 2018-03-10
 B
 $672
 2016-11-19
 B
 $819
 2016-02-07
 C+
 $474
 2015-04-25
 6J
 $307
 2014-03-25
 B+
 $996
 2013-05-25
 B+
 $1275
 2011-11-12
 B+
 $629
 2010-12-04
 B+
 $1327
 2010-05-29
 B+
 $4871
 2009-12-05
 B-A
 $2188
 2009-11-29
 C+
 $888
 2007-11-17
 B+
 $2235
 2007-11-10
 C+
 $1353
 2007-05-26
 A-B
 $1119
 2007-05-12
 B-
 $2464
 2006-05-20
 B-A
 $1994
 2005-05-21
 B
 $1107
 2005-05-21
 B+
 $1845
 2003-02-28
 B
 $2110
 2002-01-01
 B
 ~$600
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by Madd10 » Sat May 16, 2020 8:29 am

Many different lens/shutter combinations exist for this camera. Pricing also varied significantly. The basic model with Vario shutter and Victar 3.5 was sold at 45 German Mark back in 1933
standard Minifex.jpg

The model with compur shutter and Astro Pan Tachar 1.8 sold at 185 German Mark
Astro astar.jpg
and finally, equipped with the extremely fast Astro-Tachon 0.95 the camera would set you back a whopping 750 German mark, there was also a Fokuskop device to make sure that your subject was in focus. This device could be fitted on the versions with f:2.7 f:1.8 and f:0.95 and was sold at 130 German mark.
Tachon 0.95.jpg

To put this in perspective, a Leica III would sell at 275 mark. The top model Minifex was therefore at that time the most expensive camera one could buy.

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