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This little meter is made by Gossen in Germany, in the late ’50s. It was meant to be used as a companion to the meterless Minox A/II/III/IIIs, so as to make sure one assessed in a proper manner the light when snapping away with the little Minox camera.

The bottom has a thumb dial which is rotated to move the barrel and it’s numbers into place. The top of the barrel has a symbol. The table on the back shows symbols and reference the film speed. The accompanying table has readings for f3.5 (centre) and columns headed f2, f2.8, f5.6 and f8. Whole seconds are silver on black back ground and fractions of a second are black numbers on a silver background. The conversion table and instructions enable settings from f1.4 to f32.

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Early light meters have no serial number. The ASA/DIN scales read ASA 10, 20, 40 and 80 next to a DIN scale 11, 14, 17 and 20, then  ASA 12, 25, 50 and 100. Later models have a scale of ASA 25, 50, 100, 200. One version, with ASA scale 12, 25, 50, 100 uses colour coded dots instead of the blank, square, triangle and rectangle symbols.No filters. I usually use it with 35 or 120 film as well.

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I am still using one, purchased with my IIIs user some 15 years ago, and is still dead accurate. Lucky I guess. Many are worn and way out of reading. For example, I have 4 sets of Minox IIIs and their meters…these I kept mainly because of the working meters. However, I have to get rid of at least 3 other meters, due to non working or badly decayed cells.  Stupid me, I should’ve known that sooner or later, someone will appear on the market with cell replacements.

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3 Comments

  1. Charlie says:

    First off great material. Is there any trick to opening a meter to clean it??? Other than the one screw I don’t want to apply force to open. Thanks a minix enthusiast. Two B, two iii, one BL and now a meter lol. Charlie

  2. minoxmaus says:

    Richard, thank you for your message. Repair of cells in these old meters is almost an impossible thing to do. Apart from disassembling the meter, cleaning the contacts…ot much can be done.

    However, I am currently in discussions with a good professional in the UK, who is specialized in vintage light meters repair and such. It would appear (fingers crossed) that a Minox meter CAN indeed be repaired and revived, using selenium cells new, installed in lieu of the old ones. If this is so, then we’re happy (we, as in our Minox community everywhere).

    Cost could be a slight problem, as repair can be a pricey one. But…if you consider you’ll have a brand new cell in your 60+ yrs old meter, then I guess it’s not as dear as one might be expected to say :-).

    Stay close to this forum, I will let you guys know how this goes.

    All the best for now!

  3. curious to find a link to replacement cells and instruction…thank you!

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