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The Minox 35 series was invented by the father of the original Minox cameras, Walter Zapp, with the help of a designer, Prof. Richard Fischer. They chose a new material for the body, fiber-reinfoced Makrolon. At its launch in 1974 it became the world's smallest 135 film camera, a title it kept until 1996 when the Minolta TC1 came out. The series ended in 2002.

Karl-Heinz Lange, a camera engineer with close ties to Balda, was involved in the development of the Minox 35, as Balda produced the shells and other parts for Minox. For some Minox models they did the assembly as well, sometime completely, sometimes partially.

The Minox GTE, launched in 1998, is one of the last of it's series, with a modern battery.
Its main features are:

35mm F2.8 lens, min. focus 0,7m, built-in skylight filter
Aperture priority (2.8-16) electronic shutter, 30sec*.-1/500, speed indication 1-1/500 in the viewerfinder window   *shorter with higher ISO.
Size 100x61x34,  Weight 200 gr.
25-1600 ISO, backlight compensation, self-timer, hot shoe, cable release socket

Front closed.

Back view. The GT-E II was covered with a soft touch laquer, which comes off with wearing. So I removed it from the main part of the body. The difference is quite visible.

Seen from above. Rewind lever, self-timer and hot shoe, battery test button and backlight switch, shutter button, cable release socket, exposure counter.

Seen from below. Film compartment opening lever, ISO setting, tripod socket, rewind unlock button.

Camera open, lens extended. Self-timer lamp, viewfinder and battery compartment (2 CR1/3N), skylight filter integrated. The new lens needs a slight buldge in the cover, which makes the camera 3mm thicker than the GT.

Camera with flash attached. Shutter speed automatically sets to 1/125. Takes 2 AAA batteries. The FC35 has 2 auto modes, full flash and a guide number of 18 (m/ISO 100).

Film compartment open.

The GT-E model one is of the last of it's kind. It takes a modern battery. For the older ones the battery problem has been solved in the meantime (see Minox GT). The new design is only slightly different. Anyway, it's like the rest of the series: Extremely lightweight, yet quite sturdy.