I friend of mine is a Minox "nut". He goes to great lengths to coax the maximum performance from his cameras. He does his own darkroom work with some sort of special Minox enlarger and sometimes he even sends his images out (to Minox?) for commercial processing. Despite this I'm not impressed. Even at 8x10, shots from my Nikon with lenses like the 50/1.8 or my Ricoh GR-1 are much sharper, even when he has to resort to Tech Pan and I'm using Tmax100. Even APS prints look as good or better when using a decent camera like the Elph Jr, though the film choice there is a little limited right now. <p> I can't for the life of me understand why he bothers. You couldn't reasonably need anything smaller than an Elph and even in 35mm a GR-1 isn't exactly huge and the advantages of the wider film choice and clearly superior quality make using a Minox an excercise in futility for anyone but a masochist or someone more concerned with the equipment he uses than the images it produces. <p> The surprising thing about a Minox isn't that it can compete with larger cameras (which of course it can't), but that it gives tollerable 3x5 prints from such a small negative.