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liukai
24 Posts
Posted - Jun 11 2024 :  02:17:48 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

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sean perry
seany65
United Kingdom
329 Posts
Posted - Jun 14 2024 :  6:42:21 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That's an interesting collection, liukai. So which one is your favourite?

I don't think James Bond would use any of them, as none look like they'd turn into a submarine or a plane at the touch of a button. lol.
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Detlev Vreisleben
Detlev
Germany
109 Posts
Posted - Jun 15 2024 :  2:17:07 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Most of the cameras are surveillance cameras, not spy cameras.
Detlev
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sean perry
seany65
United Kingdom
329 Posts
Posted - Jun 15 2024 :  5:40:50 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I did think that big tlr wouldn't have been a "spy" camera.

The ones in the top right and top left of the top photo look interesting. I also like the look of the one on the minox box and the yellow one behind it. I've just tried to find that website that had a lot of info about soviet cameras on it, but it's not showing up anymore.
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liukai
24 Posts
Posted - Jun 16 2024 :  02:25:26 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by seany65

That's an interesting collection, liukai. So which one is your favourite?

I don't think James Bond would use any of them, as none look like they'd turn into a submarine or a plane at the touch of a button. lol.


These are all my favorites
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liukai
24 Posts
Posted - Jun 16 2024 :  02:29:45 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Detlev

Most of the cameras are surveillance cameras, not spy cameras.
Detlev


I think there is no essential difference between survey cameras and spy cameras
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liukai
24 Posts
Posted - Jun 16 2024 :  02:38:54 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by seany65

I did think that big tlr wouldn't have been a "spy" camera.

The ones in the top right and top left of the top photo look interesting. I also like the look of the one on the minox box and the yellow one behind it. I've just tried to find that website that had a lot of info about soviet cameras on it, but it's not showing up anymore.


TLR is indeed a spy camera, modified from a Chinese made seagull camera.
The top left corner is a spy camera produced in Czech Republic
The one on the right is an Italian made gami16, 16MM camera
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Detlev Vreisleben
Detlev
Germany
109 Posts
Posted - Jun 16 2024 :  03:01:00 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Spy cameras like the Minox were used by spies mostly for copying documents , surveillance and observation cameras were used by secret services for observation. That makes a big difference.

http://www.ussrphoto.com/UserContent2/1662024_Einband KGB.jpg

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liukai
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Posted - Jun 16 2024 :  07:20:38 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Detlev

Spy cameras like the Minox were used by spies mostly for copying documents , surveillance and observation cameras were used by secret services for observation. That makes a big difference.

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I have this book
minoxIt can be played by taking photos of files and monitoring and observing them with a camera.
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Detlev Vreisleben
Detlev
Germany
109 Posts
Posted - Jun 16 2024 :  12:01:46 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am a co-author of this book.

Detlev
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liukai
24 Posts
Posted - Jun 17 2024 :  02:52:40 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Detlev

I am a co-author of this book.

Detlev


Oh my goodness, I envy the author for having access to so many cameras. I didn't expect you to be one of the authors.
Could you please leave an email so that I can ask you if you have any questions about the camera. My email is 847465420@QQ.com
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sean perry
seany65
United Kingdom
329 Posts
Posted - Jun 18 2024 :  7:17:26 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The TLR was a spy camera? Hmmm, was it meant to be used by secret service members dressed as tourists to take photos of suspected dissidents without causing suspicion? Did it in fact take photos of people to one side of the camera while the user looked like they were taking photos in front of the camera?
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Detlev Vreisleben
Detlev
Germany
109 Posts
Posted - Jun 19 2024 :  07:06:10 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
In the 1960s, Research Institute 210 in Nanjing developed and produced a modified Seagull 4 camera for the Chinese secret service. As an observation camera without a viewfinder, it is equipped with a spring motor that can transport all 12 exposures of the roll film. On top of the camera body is the winding button for the spring motor. The lens is the standard 3.5/75mm lens.
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sean perry
seany65
United Kingdom
329 Posts
Posted - Jun 21 2024 :  1:31:08 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for info Detlev. I presume they left it hidden somewhere but able to "see" what they wanted it to see, and triggered it with a cable release. They would've had to place and aim it very carefully though.

Nah, sounds like far too much trouble to me, I'd have let the baddies get away with whatever they were doing, rather than do all that. lol.
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