Vintage MINOLTA 16 MG Subminiature Film Camera w/ Flash and Filters 1970s Japan

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Vintage MINOLTA 16 MG Subminiature Spy Film Camera w/ Flash and Filters
Made in Japan
Year circa 1960-70s


This is a vintage Minolta 16 MG subminiature "spy camera" from around '60-70s with flash, cases, original filters, paperwork in hard case.

The Minolta-16 MG was an exciting item of Minolta's subminiature camera series. A lot of accessories were available, including macro lenses, filters, flashes, a copy stand, a laboratory equipment, an enlarger, and a slide projector. It was also marketed by Foto-Quelle as Revue 16.

Type: subminiature viewfinder camera
Manufacturer: Minolta
Year of launch: 1966
Film: Minolta 16 mm film with ISO speeds 25-400
Frame size: 10x14 mm
Lens: Rokkor 1:2.8/20 mm with 4 elements, a sliding door with an additional portrait element can be shifted into the position in front of the lens
Shutter: Speeds of flash synchronized shifter shutter set manually between 1/30 and 1/250 sec.
Aperture: stops f/2.8 – f/16
Metering: coupled selenium meter, match needle exposure setting system
Size: 102x24x39 mm
Weight: 160 g

For reference:
Minolta 16 refers to a line of 16mm subminiature cameras made by Minolta between 1955 and 1974. The negative size was 10x14 mm for the earlier models, later, a larger format, 12x17 mm was adopted, using single-perforated 16 mm film. It was possible to load your own cassettes, and also develop the film using a special developing tank with a spiral insert for 16 mm film.

As its 16mm cameras had been growing increasingly large through the addition of more features, Minolta introduced a new and much smaller model, the 16 MG, in 1966. It lacked automatic exposure, but included a light meter and match-needle that were almost as easy to use and offered the added bonus of manual exposure control. The aperture and shutter speed were set at the same time using a single "exposure" dial. The meter was a selenium unit, which did not require a battery and hence allowed the camera to be made smaller.

Dimensions: Camera is 4" long
Weight: 1.6 lb (with case)


This mini Camera has been pre-owned and used previously. It is in pretty nice cosmetic condition,

but shows some signs of wear and use, some scratches and blemishes.

The camera could not be tested, since we don't have the working battery/ bulb for the flash, neither the film.

However the shutter mechanism appears to be working. Sold AS IS, untested.

It has been purchased in Japan in 1970. Comes in original case, with metal strap, flash, filters and booklets.

Flash has a bulb and battery inserted.

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