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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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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
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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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