Those were the days…
Courtesy to Photo.Net post here.
I have a Victorinox pocket knife, God knows for how long now. I have bought it from Preppers in London, during the early 90’s, and it was pricey, I can tell you that. Money well spent, for it served me loyally up to this moment. I believe this will go to my daughter, when she’ll grow older, for her scout trips and such.
Anyways, my post here is about endurance, well-made tools and long term brand commitment to its clients. These all belong to gone generations, that’s why the cameras from the 40’s are still with us and working. Can we safely say the same for, I don’t know, a digital gizmo of the latest fashion? I believe not.
Same as Walter Zapp, the famed Karl Elsener started with a novelty and an invention which the then market lacked: a reliable, strong, no-nonsense tool for Swiss army. Him and his mother, Victoria, who actively supported his endeavor, presented the world with the first Swiss knife of Victorinox in 1891, thus entering the history.
Currently, the company is still owned, managed and run by the Elsener family, at its 4th generation. This is what I would call dedication, brand commitment and loyalty to your customers.
Not unlike Minox I would say. Walter Zapp invented the smallest camera because he wanted such an item to exist, and on the market there was none. He probably never envisaged the heights and fame his Riga and subsequent line of cameras and accessories will rise. But he had the resilience to put up with major difficulties in designing it, build it, market it and moreover, developing it.
Nonetheless, once he felt the way and manner of how his invention will re-shape the world of photography (and much more), he went on designing a path for these products which will endure over generations, each camera being a commitment to its buyer that it will endure, and a dedication to photographers round the world.
In other words, built for life. And indeed, we marvel at these small machines and tools, with incredulity, even after so much time. If used properly and not abused, both my Swiss Army knife and my Minox IIIs will endure time, so they will be used by my own family after my leaving. And I am talking here about items which are already 2 or 3 generations old.
Now that’s what I call endurance, brand commitment and the pride of a job well done!
Open libraries, as well as those where you have to pay for books or membership, do not abound in books or writings on miniature or subminiature format books. Regarding ebooks, this seems to be more the case, as I believe not many have been digitized.
Anyways, see these links here; with a bit of luck, you’ll end up with a good book, downloadable for free. As for the paid ones, well, we all know where to find these, don’t we?
LIBRARY 1 – open library, borrow/read
LIBRARY 2 – contains a list of (almost) every book on Minox and (sub)miniature cameras and photography (not downloadable area)
In addition, I recommend visiting the books section here, for free downloads (not much Minox literature, though, besides the various camera manuals).
Two items here, two accessories which have seen quite a usage in the days of my youth: the Winder 2 and the manual adapter for OM10. While the manual adapter can only be used with OM10 series, the Winder 2 can be used on several camera models from the OM system. Seen here, OM10 camera with manual adapter and winder attached.
The Winder type 2
I used to have it attached to my OM 10 on a regular basis. I grow older, so not very often used nowadays, too heavy for my taste. And anyways, my wife’s using my old OM10, and she simply hates the winder :-). Having said that, a very useful item.
This compact and lightweight winder for most Olympus OM manual focus 35mm SLR cameras (see below) gives continuous winding at up to 2 frames per second, depending on the shutter speed, with a choice of single shot or continuous winding modes. This is ideal for fast moving subjects such as sports, children and even portraits where you want to take another picture quickly as the subject changes expression. It also means you don’t need to take the camera away from your eye to wind on – especially useful for people who use their left eye for viewing.
The OM10 Manual Adapter
It does what is says it does: simply lets you have access to manual shutter settings, so you can choose a different speed than the one dictated in Auto mode by your camera, should you desire doing so.
Once you insert the adapter, like so:
Your camera should be working in manual mode, providing you switch this lever from the Auto to Manual position: