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Minox Loupe
Film Viewing Magnifier

The Film Viewing Magnifyer is a handheld loupe for viewing 8 x 11 mm slides and negatives, developed in the 1960s by Minox GmbH in Germany. It was typically used by owners of a Minox subminiature (spy) camera, such as the Minox B and Minox V, and was available in two variants.

The image on the right shows the basic version of the film viewing magnifier. As with most Minox items, it is made of brushed aluminium. The cylinder at the left is the actual eye-piece with contains two lenses. The eye-piece is at the far left (the black or grey rigged ring). It can be adjusted by pulling it out and pushing it in.

After developing the film, the small strips are usually kept in transparent plastic folders. This is how Minox normally delivers a developed film. It protects the films against dust and damage, whilst still allowing the negatives to be viewed.
  
Typical view of the Minox Film Viewing Magnifier

The complete plastic folder, with the negatives, can be clamped in between the eye piece and the O-ring. The loupe may be moved gently from one negative to the next. Looking at the loupe from the rear, there are two masks: one to mask off the actual negative, and one to show the negative number that is printed on the plastic folder, just below the film strip. The latter has a green filter.

Small variations in manufaturing of this item are known to exist.

The original box Contents of the box Typical view of the Minox Film Viewing Magnifier A view at the side where the film strip should be clamped-in Close-up of the film strip holder, showing both masks: one for the negative (upper) and one for the number (lower) Adjusting the eye piece Using the loupe to view negatives inside Minox film folder Close-up of the magnifier in action to view negatives
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The original box
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Contents of the box
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Typical view of the Minox Film Viewing Magnifier
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A view at the side where the film strip should be clamped-in
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Close-up of the film strip holder, showing both masks: one for the negative (upper) and one for the number (lower)
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Adjusting the eye piece
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Using the loupe to view negatives inside Minox film folder
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Close-up of the magnifier in action to view negatives

Slide cutter
The image on the right shows the more advanced slide viewer with the built-in cutter. It is a well-finished device that is milled out of a solid block of aluminium. Detailed images below.   
Transparency Cutter Viewer

Original storage box The transparency cutter viewer outside the storage box Transparency Cutter Viewer Close-up of the Transparency Cutter Viewer Using the Transparency Cutter Viewer
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Original storage box
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The transparency cutter viewer outside the storage box
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Transparency Cutter Viewer
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Close-up of the Transparency Cutter Viewer
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Using the Transparency Cutter Viewer

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