The legendary MINOX TLX is the quintessence of photographic miniaturization.
A masterpiece of optical and mechanical precision that is intricately manufactured to the tightest tolerances, the TLX is small in size but big in imaging performance.
These photos of the TLX beside a set of Defender keys and a standard Zippo lighter show just how small the TLX is.
Do not confuse the TLX with junk pocket cameras. The TLX is a professional-grade subminiature camera. The TLX is manufactured in Germany by MINOX, and not subcontracted to other firms like MINOX's digital cameras.
The TLX uses 8x11mm film. Most specialty camera shops stock and process the 8x11 film format. If you do not have a store in your area that processes 8x11 film, then MINOX USA also provides this service.
and is operated with a push-pull winding mechanism. In the photo above, the TLX is wound and ready for snapping a photograph.
For transport or storage, the TLX may be pushed closed. The push-pull winding mechanism does not advance the film unless the shutter has been released previously. In other words, one may open and close the MINOX TLX an indefinite number of times without advancing the film and wasting exposures. When closed, the MINOX TLX is sealed against contamination.
Shutter speed is electronically controlled and may be adjusted from 1/2000 s to 1/30 of a second. Film speed is adjustable from ISO 12/12° to ISO 400/27°.
Focal plane may be adjusted from 20cm to infinity. Simply turn the dial to the appropriate range.
A permanently fitted UV filter covers the MINOX four-element lens.
The objective and ocular lenses of the viewfinder are exposed when the TLX is open, but covered and protected when the TLX is closed for transport or storage.
All parts are housed in a streamlined aluminum skin with Titanal Eloxat coating for scratch resistance.
The TLX comes complete with a leather carry case.
The top flap of the leather carry case hinges open to reveal the TLX.
The side of the leather carry case also hinges open for easier access to the TLX.
In this manner, removing the TLX from the leather carry case is greatly simplified. The leather carry case is as compact and elegantly designed as the TLX Camera and TLX Tripod.
The leather carry case may also be used to store 8x11 film and the measuring chain that comes with every TLX.
The measuring chain features bumps at predetermined intervals for measuring the distance from the TLX to the object being photographed. The TLX can focus down to 20 cm, so the measuring chain is useful for achieving proper focus for close-up shots.
One end of the measuring chain features a clip that attaches to a lanyard on the leather carry case.
The other end of the measuring chain features a key ring. Thus, the measuring chain may be used as a lanyard as well as a measuring device.