Who first formulated the principle that it is easiest to hide something, leaving it in sight? When the workers of the Aston auction were preparing to sell lots from the old Soviet party of spy equipment, they were at first puzzled that among them a box with simple tourist cameras of the model KMZ Zenit-E SLR. No modern British specialist has guessed and they had to contact the manufacturer of Zenit.
The secret of the camera is that it is a camera in the camera – the legendary F-21 AJAX-12 spy camera is hidden in the case of a typical and, by the way, quite working “Zenith” camera with 21 mm film. Its lens was located under the strap of the main camera strap, and the latent camera was activated by a tiny button on the bottom of the case. Not knowing these subtleties, the outside observer would hardly have suspected anything.
Experts characterize this device as the tool of the most insolent and risky spies. Imagine that you are on a closed display of something where strict security requires the removal of cameras. You already attracted their attention and it does not weaken, so you defiantly close the lid of the main “Zenith”, click the lock and hang the camera around your neck, holding your hand. And then go and shoot at an angle of 90 degrees from yourself everything you want – a special mechanism itself turns the film and corrects the shutter.
The most surprising thing is that the half-century gadget works great and still, surprising the experts with the debugged mechanism. The camera in the camera was auctioned for $ 5300, as an example of a clever engineering idea.