Soviet Spy Camera in Camera

Photo credit: Astons via Peta Pixel

Soviet spy cameras are nothing new, but this one is definitely more than meets the eye. Unlike the others, this one is disguised as a Zenit E 35mm SLR camera nestled in a leather case, which enabled spies to stealthily snap photos. If you remove the leather case, you’ll find a 3x2x1-inch F-21 AJAX-12 camera with a 28mm f/2.8 lens pointed out the side, right under where the strap is mounted to the case. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

Soviet Spy Camera in Camera
Soviet Spy Camera in Camera
Soviet Spy Camera in Camera

“The camera uses 21mm film and has a clockwork drive for capturing multiple shots. When a small shutter button on the bottom of the case is pressed, an internal mechanism raises a secret flap covering the opening while triggering an exposure before immediately closing the flap again. By carrying the camera case over the right shoulder, the photographer can keep the actual lens of the spy camera pointed forward and ready to capture secret photos,” according to Peta Pixel.