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!