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Minolta 16 II
Old 11-09-2011   #1
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Minolta 16 II

It makes me feel like I am Bond. James Bond:


Minolta 16 II by Greyscale3, on Flickr

... now to try to find some film for it.
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Old 11-09-2011   #2
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You can use 16mm file if you can find some cassette's. They are reloadable.

Is "Super-16" still around? Some of the Minolta's (MG?) increased the image size on the negative.

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Old 11-12-2011   #3
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I think I've still got a roll or two stuffed away in a box somewhere. Or maybe they were the empty boxes I saved. It was fun to use, but man were those some grainy photos. I'll keep you in mind next time I run across them.

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Old 06-25-2012   #4
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You can use 16mm file if you can find some cassette's. They are reloadable.

Is "Super-16" still around? Some of the Minolta's (MG?) increased the image size on the negative.
Either the MG or the MG-II was the first with the larger image area, and fewer shots per roll, which required "single perf" 16mm film (perf on only one side). The 16 and 16II shot the original format and can use cassettes loaded with double perf 16mm film.

Back in the day, one of the other 16mm subminature camera manufacturers offered a slitter which cut a 16mm wide strip out of the center of 35mm film. My dad showed me an ad for one and then sent me out to the garage to make one for use with my Minolta-16II. I came up with a workable design and machined the cutters on a small lathe of dad's.
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Old 06-29-2012   #5
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I recently bought one to replace the slitter I made years ago (1958) from razor blades and bits of cork and sundry trash.

From a 120 you can get 4 x 15.6 mm slices and the camera won't even know!

It's almost harder getting 120 round these parts lately.

The tank was modified as said, to allow the 16mm to slide right in and suggly sit there.

One from 1959 as a student (still learning) FP3 in a Beutler dev. in the original Minolta 16. Forbidden to take pictures but who would've guessed it was a camera?
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Old 11-12-2011   #6
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I had one of those back in the 1960's; very nicely made little camera. Have fun!
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Old 11-12-2011   #7
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I've got one sitting on the desk next to my computer with case and flash holder. Tried selling it on craigslist recently but got no bites..

Used it years ago but can't find film for it now..
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Got one at a junk shop some years ago. Sure is tiny and no it's never had any film loaded by me in there. Looks like something out of a WWII spy movie.
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Minolta-16 Model-P
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Found a nuther one! E-ha!!! Digging in a dollar bin uncovered another "16" , this one a bit older # wise, and without a flash-lever. MINOLTA-16. .. ... STILL NO FILM!
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Found a nuther one! E-ha!!! Digging in a dollar bin uncovered another "16" , this one a bit older # wise, and without a flash-lever. MINOLTA-16. .. ... STILL NO FILM!
There is a fellow selling cassettes loaded with fresh Tri-X in the APUG classifieds.
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Film for 16II
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Film for 16II

Hi - The Minolta 16 cassettes are super easy to reload with either perforated or un-perfed film. I have a ton of 16mm microfilm , so if you have a loadable cassette and no film send me a PM and I'll arrange to send you some film. ---john.
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cut your own
Old 03-02-2012   #12
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cut your own

Hi, I have recently bought a few Minolta s that take 16mm film, including the 110 cassette format.
I have had fun making a film slitter that allows me to cut 16mm strips from 35mm stock film. I have cut down developer spirals so as to load my exposed film and develop in a tank.
The most difficult thing was to modify a negative holder to allow me to scan my negs into my PC.
It's all possible and really tests the little grey cells.

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