Top Spy Cameras

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Top Spy Cameras

Postby diser » Thu Mar 06, 2008 11:47 pm

Most of the unusual camera designs were invented for miniature and spy cameras. And here is the short list of some interesting solutions.

Of course, every spy needs a gun:
Doryu, Pistolet Camera

And the $1K watch. This is for the old-style spy:
Houghton, Ticka

These ones are for the modern spy:
Steineck, ABC Watch Camera

And these ones are for the hi-tech spy who follows a trend:
Steinheil, Detective Camera

Pack of KGB cigarettes:
Kiev Arsenal, John Player Spy Camera

And a small lighter for them:
Suzuki Kogaku, Echo 8 CBS

A huge finger-ring wouldn't hurt. At least it's made from gold!
Ferrogian Paulo, Ferro GF

Walking stick is a must:
Lehmann, Ben Akiba Walking Stick

Compass instead of GPS:
Compass Cameras (Lecoultre Schweiz), Compass

Block note-like camera:
Vega, Vega

And the hi-tech guy can bring a radio-camera (tell me about iPhone, yeah):
G.E.C., Transistomatic

Of course every spy should get a REAL spy camera to put it somewhere. In the ear for example:
KGB, Microdot Camera (1mm diameter exposures)

Also there could be a need for underwater (technically, not a spy camera):
Rollei, Rolleimarin 4 Hans Hass

Or aerial equipment:
Linhof, Aero Technika 45

Get these items and you are all set for any spy job! :)

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Re: Top Spy Cameras

Postby spiceboy » Wed Sep 12, 2012 7:04 am

I have a Merlin spy camera,but I can't find any information or label on it. it is made of metal cast.I was told this camera came from UK before or post WII. who knwo that? any tips or background of the camera is appreciated
Merlin spy camera from UK?
compare it's size with bic lighter

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Re: Top Spy Cameras

Postby John Kratz » Wed Sep 12, 2012 9:17 am

I believe you're asking about this camera: ... erlin.html

Note that there are 3 more links to information on the camera-wiki page.
Have a look at some of the cameras in my collection:

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Re: Top Spy Cameras

Postby sacaze » Sun Dec 09, 2018 8:14 am

I collect miniatures and stéréos cameras ( more than 250 pieces) I have the Merlin in four collors, black, green, red, and blue. It was made in 1936 by United Optical Instruments in UK

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