Our specialist Camera & Photographic Equipment Auction on Thursday 12th July 2018 features part two of a privately-owned Russian Camera Collection, including spy cameras some of which were used by the KGB!
Our Camera Specialist, Tim Goldsmith's pick of the lots is lot number 411 - a camera disguised as a CAMERA!
At first glance this appears to be a normal Zenith E camera it it's case, but opening it reveals a hidden miniature F-21 AJAX-12 camera. The camera is mounted so the f2.8 28mm lens is pointing out of the side edge of the case. On pressing a small button on the bottom of the case the internal mechanism cleverly raises a hidden internal flap, the camera shutters fires and the flap immediately closes shut. The user simply carries the camera over their shoulder in the normal way, but can take pictures at 90 degrees without raising any suspicion as it looks like the camera is in it's case and not being used. The camera uses 21mm film and has a clockwork drive for multiple shots without detection.
Here, a respectable-looking gentleman model is cunningly fitted with five of the spy cameras. (his case, his umbrella, his button, his camera and the cigarettes in his top pocket)