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New owner of a Minolta 16 MG

Darin Cozine , Feb 24, 2006; 11:39 p.m.

Hello, there was no sub-miniature forum, so I hope I am posting in the right place.

I am a new owner of a Minolta 16 MG film camera. (2 actally, one works perfectly and the other is in great shape but locked up) I'm quite surprised at the inginuity and simplicity of use. It's a gorgeous camera.

Anyway, it uses 16mm cassetes similar to the old 110 film cassetes, but tiny. Luckily one had a cassete of color c-41 film in it! I took some snapshots and I am going to see if my local pro lab can develop it.

Where can I get replacement film/cassetes for this camera?

Thank you.


Jon B. , Feb 25, 2006; 12:28 a.m.

The cassettes are no longer made so treasure the one you have. They are easily re-loaded, either by youself with film slit to 16mm, or there are places that can do it for you. There is a place called Goat Hill photo that loads them for you at about $5 each, postage paid, or will sell you bulk film slit to size. When you bring your film in to process, unless you can completely trust the lab to return your cassette, unload it in a darkroom or changing bag and bring it to them in a black 35mm film canister (wrap it in aluminum foil to make it more lightproof) and make sure they know there is raw film enclosed. If you are dilligent you will be able to find some new-old-stock film on eBay, which may not be any good but will give you some virgin cassetes to re-load. Get 3 or 4 and you will have a fun and somewhat practical snapshot camera. Check out the Sub Club website and click on "sponsors". If you need a mail order lab for process and print, I have used Blue Moon Camera (bluemooncamera.com) and they do a nice job with Minolta 16, reasonably priced, and gladly return the cartridges. There is an enthusiast making homemade Minolta 16 carts and selling them on eBay as new film...I have not tried them but they do not have a very good reputation. Enjoy your new toy!

Darin Cozine , Feb 25, 2006; 12:46 a.m.

john, thank you for all your help. One question though. you mentioned 'sliting' the film.. are you talking about taking 35mm film and cutting it to size? That sounds very hard to do unless there is a spcialized tool to do it.

Also, I have seen 16mm movie film for sale, but it comes either single or double perforated. Can I use this? I guess I will find out if I get my film back whether or not it it perforated.

Thanks again!

Jon B. , Feb 25, 2006; 01:53 p.m.

I have never slit film myself...there are tools available to do this but I prefer to have someone else do it. I suppose it would be more economical in the long run, as you could get two loads from a roll of 35mm film, but I try to keep things simple...I just like taking the pictures and leaving the rest to folks that know what they are doing. Single or double perforated movie film wil work in your Minolta 16 MG...the 16 MGS and 16 QT take a slightly larger image and cannot use double perforated movie film. Just be sure that the film does not have the Remjet coating, as these will take special processing. If you get B&W film and develop it yourself, you can use any tank that is made for 110 film, as it is the same size...16mm. The Sub Club website, and a few others dedicated to Sub-mini and Minolta 16 have lots of usefull information...the cameras take a bit of dedication but once you get a rhythm going you can still use them almost as easily as your 35mm cameras.

Jon B. , Feb 25, 2006; 02:02 p.m.

This link has all of the film (and more) that you will ever need...and they even load the casette for you if you prefer: http://www.subclub.org/sponsors/goathil2.htm

Martin Tai , Feb 26, 2006; 06:19 p.m.

I have a Minolta 16 camera made by CHIYODA KOGAGU JAPAN, it has a 100% metal body, Minox like push pull operation, robust and simple. Some day I shall load some film and test it out.

Jon B. , Mar 01, 2006; 01:31 p.m.

Hey Martin...load that thing up and have some fun! If you happen to have the close-up filters that go with it you can get some great portraits out of it. They are great pocket cameras if you can deal with the film issues. The Minox B is my favorite pocket camera...even with the smaller film size it takes much sharper pictures than the Minolta 16...thanks to the focusing lens...but the small size of the Minox camera makes it a little fussy for quick shots, and since the Minoltas can be had on eBay for next to nothing, they are not so "precious" if you drop them in the sand.

Martin Tai , Mar 02, 2006; 11:24 a.m.

Hi Jon, yes, when the weather getting a little bit warmer, I shall load up my Minolta 16, here is still snow season.

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