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Wirgin Edixa 16M vs Minox C

Martin Tai , Jun 24, 2004; 03:51 a.m.

I often carry a Minox C with case or Edixa 16M with case in my pocket. Edixa 16M camera feels a bit heavier, but it has a larger film format, 12 x 17mm vs 8x11, that is 204 Sq mm of film area vs 88mm, that is 130% larger film area

Minox C + case weights 6 oz

Edixa 16M + attached selenium exposure meter + leather case weights 9 oz, only 50% heavier than Minox C+ case, yet offers 130% larger film area, it is a good deal to me

Edixa 16 has one more advantage: roll you own film is much simpler than slitting and rolling Minox film: no slitting is necessary, just go in darkroom, cut out a length of film, roll it into a 16mm RADA cassette. The only downside of Edixa 16 film is the limitation of only 24 exposure, vs 36 exposure of Minox C.

Edixa 16M has very sharp four element three group Schneider Kreuznach Xenar 25mm/2.8 lens, on stop faster then MINOX 15mm/3.5. Like Minox, the Xenar is also a focusing lens, in fact, the only 16mm format camera with focusing lens .

Edixa 16M is not as versatile as Minox C-- Edixa 16M shutter range is rather limited, B, 1/30, 1/60 and 1/150; however for snapshot perpose, these are adequate.

Edixa 16M has an all metal body, the coupled selenium meter is plastic, pity.

On used market, Edixa 16M is also much cheaper than Minox C.

Wirgin Edixa 16M is a superb subminiature camera.


Martin Tai , Jun 24, 2004; 08:03 a.m.

Edixa 16 was designed by Heiz Waaske the 60s when he worked for Wirgin Wiesbaden as camera designer. There are several models:

  • Edixa 16, with Schadt Tragevar 25mm/2.8 triplet lens
  • Edixa 16M, with unit focusing Schneider Kreuznach Xenar 25mm/2.8 lens with manually changeable shutter 1/30,1/60 and coupled to the meter speed 1/30,1/60,1/150.
  • Edixa 16MB black model of Edixa 16M, functionally identical
  • Edixa 16S, Edixa 16 with simpler lens
  • Franke, Edixa 16 made by Franke
  • alka 16, a supermarket model
  • Edixa 16S, an Edixa with simpler lens
Afterward Heinz Waaske joined Rollei, and designed Rollei A26, Rollei E110/A110 and Rollei 35, Rollei 35s

Minox B and Edixa 16MB

Martin Tai , Jun 29, 2004; 11:16 a.m.

Some Edixa 16 accesories:

22mm snap on Lens hood, made by B+W Filterfabrik, Wiesbaden

22mm snap on filter, made by Edixa, Wiesbaden

22mm snap on filter made by B+W

Edixa 16 22mm snap on lens hood and filter

Martin Tai , Jul 04, 2004; 02:06 p.m.

Maid of the Mist

Edixa 16

Gerald McMullon , Jul 05, 2004; 05:02 p.m.

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