Who first formulated the principle that the easiest way to hide something, leaving it in plain sight? When the auction Aston was prepared for the sale of lots from the old Soviet party spy equipment, at first they were puzzled for a long time, among them a box with a simple tourist camera models KMZ Zenit-E SLR. No modern British expert guessed and they had to contact the manufacturer of “Zenith”.

A secret camera that is a camera in the camera – in the case of the model and, by the way, it is a work of “Zenith” legendary hidden spy camera F-21 AJAX-12 21-mm film. The lens is located under the plate securing the strap to the main camera, in effect a hidden camera was brought a tiny button on the bottom of the hull. Without knowing these details, an outside observer would hardly have suspected something.

Experts characterize this device as a tool of the most arrogant and dangerous spies. Imagine you get to a private screening of something where strict security demands to remove the cameras. You already got their attention and it will not weaken, so defiantly close the lid of the main “Zenit”, click the lock and hang the camera on neck, holding with a hand. And then go and shoot at an angle of 90 degrees from all that wish – a special mechanism he cranks up the tape and adjusts the shutter.

The most surprising is that half a century gadget works fine and is still, surprising experts well-oiled machine. Camera the camera on the auction sold for $5300 as an example of skilled engineering.