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How to Use Minox Slitter

-- martin tai (, December 21, 1998


How to slit and roll 9.2mm film

Minox film is technically specified as 9.4mm wide. But for self loading, it is better to slit it slightly narrower to 9.2mm to prevent jamming the casette.

-- martin tai (, December 25, 1998.

HOW TO AVOID FILM SCRATCHES DURING SLITTING. Since the Minox slitter is made of metal, it does not produce dust of its own, dust particles are external. Before use, blow the slitter bed with a rubber blower bulb, use a magnifier to check of any remaining dust particles then blow again util clean. There are replacement slitter blade assembly available from Minox GmbH. Blunt knife blades will produce film chips.

-- martin tai (, December 26, 1998.

ECONOMY OF SLITTING FILM. Slitting your own film not only vaslty exppands your choice of film for Minox, but also lowers the cost dramatically. One roll of 35 exp Agfapan APX 25 is about $2, from which you can slit into four rolls of 40 exp Minox film, at a cost of only $0.50 each. As for the Minox casssettes, they are reusable. You can buy it from Minox Processing Lab, at 10 pieces for $10. If you think Minox slitter is expensive ( available at Minox Processing Lab ); you may find slitter kit sold at SUB CLUB SWAP MEET site.

-- martin tai (, December 26, 1998.

Martin, you said there are replacement blade sets for the Minox slitter? Great news. I was told by Minoxlabs that they didn't offer them at the time I asked in September.

-- Tony Rowlett (, December 30, 1998.

Tony, I got mine sliiter replacement blades about a year and a half ago, from Minox GmbH; I knew some others got them from MPL; may be they are out of stock at the moment. In Subclub website, SWAP MEET, jb007 has a for sale ad, in which he offered replacement slitters. His ad title "tones of MInox stuff".

-- martin tai (, December 30, 1998.

Fuji Super HR comes in a variety of thicknesses. Only the thinnest stocks should be used in a Minox IMHO. Your film wasn't harder, it was thicker. The drag that occurred in your film splitter is the same drag that will occur as you pull thick stock through the fabric light traps of the cassette. And each time you advance 5mil thick stock (HR-21) through your Minox, you decrease the amount of time till the next trip to the repair shop. If you load 7mil stock (CF-100) you'll never be able to get off the first shot because your camera will make a sound like it bit a rock. Then jam tight. If this is what you have, you can still use it in a Minolta-16P, or GaMi-16.

Here are the safest stock numbers for Super HR/Minox: HR-38 16mmx65.5m(125 ft) thickness 2.5mils. HR-70 35mmx65.5m.........thickness 2.5mils.

Al Doyle

-- Al_Doyle (, September 23, 1999.

When punching the marking hole at the end of slitted film, be very careful not to let the piece of film "chad" stick to the film, which may find its way into your camera.

-- martin tai (, November 18, 2000.

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