Cut your own stock, and bring that Minox back to life.
Given the fact that most of the available 8×11 film on the market today is reduced to only a few choices, one is almost forced to find an alternative to buying factory film. Not because it’s expensive (although truth be said that it is), and not because it covers only a small number from the existing film brands (although it does). Acmel devised a contraption to help Minoxers slit their own stock. Thus, the first slitter came to be in existance – the famed genuine Minox Film Cutter, endorsed by Minox GmbH. Pretty expensive, it is still found on sale here and there. Not a real choice for the multitude of Minox users ot there. Scarce and expensive doesn’t make a popular solution to the existing Minox community.
However, a few other choices do exist. They are small contraptions, usually put together by enthusiasts with a entreprenorial twist. These are cutting 35mm film down to 9.2mm format. There is also a slitter for 35mm to 16mm and another one, from 16mm to 9.2mm (usually cutting Fuji SHR or Kodak Double-X).
ZIPSLIT 35mm to 9.2mm
Not anymore manufactured, this was sold by John Birkby in the UK:
AL DOYLE SLITTER 35mm to 9.2mm
I do not like this slitter; the rubbery thingy covering the inside of the lid is wreaking havoc with your film, if holding it too tight or if the medium in which you cut the film is steamy or humid:
Same build, same problems, but cutting 35mm down to 16mm:
Ron had a good idea on what he wanted: an easy to build, adjustable and cheap (don’t we all want it this way?). So he came up with his own model of a Minox film cutter:
Never used one, nut I’m sure it can’t get easier than this. To build and cut, that is. On Photo.net, David Cuttler (not Cutter :-)) claims this slitter cost was next to nothing (that would be around $10,00) to build. See link to this post here.
Jack De Lisle Minox cutter
This is an interestin item. Never had any contact with it, although I would like to try my hand at cutting some film with this contraption.
JIMMY LI MINOX FILM CUTTER
Professionally manufactured, steel parts, NASA precision, this is what I believe ot be the best slitter on the market today. I recommend it without any hesitations. Contact Jimmy here, for sale information (firstname.lastname@example.org).
UNKNOWN BRAND – 35mm to 9,2mm
This one came as part of a job lot purchased on Evilbay. No idea what brand or who’s the manufacturer; it looks like this device was of industrial concept. In very good condition, almost new. Rotating cilinders are cutting the film in 2 strips of 35mm.
I would seem that this was designed to be installed or operate as part of a larger machine. The enamel on it is consistent to that type used to coat factory equipment: the port entry where the 35mm film enters the slitter looks like an automatic feed process.
Zenit MF-1 film cutter from Russia
This website advertised the machine, as “a little hand-cranked device that slices the sprocket holes off of a roll of 35mm film, bringing the width down to a stealthy 22mm.” Not exactly useful for Minox; however, if the blades are designed to be repositioned, this machine can be used for Minox, or even for 16mm. I do not know if they made a 35mm down to 9,2mm version. They probably did.
Instamatic Film Slitter
An ingenious device. Description of how to build a slitter out of a disposable camera is not new, and for sure, can be a serious challenge. Having said that, this particular design is not explained thouroughly, as it should.
Anyways, it is a film slitter, and as such, it’s mentioned here. If you would like to visit the page, see this link.
Larry Hester device
This type appears to be somewhat similar in shape and manner of work with the Al Doyle’s cutter.
More on Larry’s work, here.
LOMO 16mm to 2x8mm film cutter
This device is a very ingenious one; Ruskies did it again:-). Seriously now, it is indeed the simplicity itself. However, I would have a probable issue with scratching the film; the gizmo doesn’t look to have any way of preventing scratching the negative while in transit inside the machine.
If someone will undertake to open the cutter and reposition the cutting blade in the right position of the 16mm negative. will cut 9.2mm out of 16mm negative, that someone will have a 16 to 9,2mm slitter :-)))). Why? Why would someone want to cut 16mm down to 9,2mm?
Because of the 16mm Kodak Imagelink, or the many reversal 16mm negatives out there: Ilford, Orwo, Kodak, Fuji. There are still a lot of 16mm movie stock on the market, fresh or frozen, black and white or color, various ASA sensitivities, and so forth. Value of 9,2mm cut from 16mm stock is way smaller that if you would cut the same 9,2mm from 35mm, for instance. Is that a fact? Yes, it is indeed. Do a little math and see it for yourself:
and so forth. NOW you do the math, let’s see…