Minox Copy Stand

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Document copying and close up photography with Minox copy stand.

-- martin tai (martin.tai@capcanada.com), February 07, 1999


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One of the application of Minox 8x11 cameras is document copying and close up photography.

The Minox measuring chain has bead positions corresponding to the focusing dial, this makes document copying and close up photography quite convenient.

Minox copy stand is designed for document copying. It has four color coded legs which must be screwed to the corresponding color coded thread on the holder, otherwise the stand may not stand flat on its four legs. Each leg has three telecoping sections. The shortest length is 8", the maximum height is 18".

The legs has notched positions corresponding to the marked positions on the focusing scale of Minox cameras.

If you have a metric/feet Minox camera, make sure the Minox copy stand is also a metric/feet one.

8" 10" 12" 1'6"
3 7/8 x 5 3/8 4 7/8 x 6 3/4 6 x 8 7/8 9 3/4 x 12 3/4

Older Minox copy stand (chrome legs) fits only Minox A/B/C/BL.

Current version of Minox copy stand (black lengs ) fits all Minox subminis (except EC,ECX,MX )

The camera holder has a thread for cable release.

For document copying, it is best to use automatic Minox C or LX/TLX. You may have to set the ASA/DIN one stop lower to increase the exposure time, as most books are printed on white paper, while the exposure meter threats them as 18% gray, so you have to lengthen the exposure time by one or 1.5 stop.

I sometimes use the Minox copy stand for closeup pictures of small objects; such as small plates from Toledo in Spain or Italian Murano paper weights etc; I find it more convenient than holding the camera in one hand, and measuring the distance with Minox chain; because there is no camera shake with Minox copy stand.

When taking close up pictures of these small 3 D objects, remember to raise the copy stand legs to compensate the height of these objects.

-- martin tai (martin.tai@capcanada.com), February 07, 1999.

Response to About Minox Copy Stand

The copy stand with black legs and extensions has no color coding and tripod thread.

-- martin tai (martin.tai@capcanada.com), February 08, 1999.

Response to About Minox Copy Stand

In addition to copy stand, Minox made copy arms attachable to Minox enlarger to turn it into a copy stand. Copy arm is scarce. It showed up at eBay occasionally. The copy arm is basically a Minox 8x11 camera holder, attached to the screws at the back of Minox enlarger II lamp house ( which must be taken out from the enlarger column and turn 180 degrees around and put back on the column). There was a second version of copy arm attached to the Minox enlarger with the lamp house removed.

-- martin tai (martin.tai@capcanada.com), February 08, 1999.

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I am in the process of constructing a home made "Minox copy arm" to use on my Minox II enlarger. I am preparing a metal plate, with three screws, two for attach the plate to the threads on the back of Minox II enlarger housing holder, another screw with 1/4" thread to attach to a Minxo binocular attachment. Once it is done, it will become a "Minox copy arm". When use, turn the Minox enlarger II 180 degree around, attach the two screws to the home made copy arm, lock in the Minox binocular attachment, attach a cable release and start clicking ! Only the earlier version of Minox binocular attachment with tripod thread can be converted into a copy arm; late version Minox binocular attachment has not tripod thread, cannot be converted into copy arm.

-- martin tai (martin.tai@capcanada.com), February 08, 1999.

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I have a minox camera bracket which looks like it should fit a copying stand. It consists of a solid metal casting with two 'fingers' 27-28mm apart. The overall length is 100mm and the finger opening is 70mm. The fingers have a reinforcing rib on their back side. the base of the casting has a machined foot 55mm wide with a captive screw which fits the standard tripod thread, and two small locating pins or dowels which are 40mm apart. There is also a small chrome post 3mmdia. and 6mm high near the bracket mounting screw. The fingers that hold the camera are lined with leather and one side has a clamping screw to hold the camers tight. The other finger has an apature for the viewfinder and a small chrome bracket for a calbe release. My "C" is a very tight fit in it, infact too tight. I suspect it was made for the earlier 27mm model III ?

Please help me identify this attachment and any advice on the models it suits?

-- John Young (youngs@vicnet.net.au), August 02, 1999.

John, your accesory seems to be a tripod head and not copy stand. Copy stand comes with four telescoping legs. A tripod head is use to hold a Minox on tripod and attach a cable realease. Early Minox tripod head for Riga Minox has a rotating joint. Riga Minox is 27mm wide, later models are all 28mm wide. It is possible you have a Riga accessory. But without picture it is hard to tell.

Heckmann's book "Minox Variations in 8x11 " is full of pictures of all kinds of accesories.

-- martin tai (martin.tai@capcanada.com), August 02, 1999.

Ernst Leitz made copy stand with four extendable legs for use with Elmar 50mm/f3.5 lens. This device was called BOOWU, for 1:4,1:6 and 1:9 close up copying.

Minox copy stand could be derived from Leitz BOOWU.

-- martin tai (martin.tai@capcanada.com), June 17, 2001.

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