|January 14, 2013||Posted by Photo GearHead under Cool Gear Auctions|
For the serious KGB agent who loves getting those perfect snaps of only the most inspiring top-secret documents, Minolta brings you the smooth taste of the Russian spy camera in a cigarette pack! Yes, Minolta’s rich, smooth flavor allows you to take photos good — like a secret operative should!
So, are you planning a trip to the former Soviet Union soon? Are you thinking about possibly taking in the sites, and perhaps engaging in a little espionage while you’re there? Then you’ll definitely need to pick up this old cold-war era Minolta spy camera!
Manufactured by Minolta in 1957, this vintage piece of clandestine photo-gear fits right into an authentic Russian cigarette pack (included), and can be cocked and fired without ever removing it from the pack. You can even pair this camera with Westcott’s popular, tiny, 1-inch, Apollo spy-softbox for some uber-tasty super-secret strobist work! (Don’t believe that thing about the Wescott softbox, by the way.)
A word of caution about this camera, however — if your interest is piqued by the thoughts of actually using this camera — say, to grab some clandestine shots of unsuspecting topless beach-goers, or using it for other such dirty-dirty-you-ought-to-be-ashamed activities, you should know that the camera itself uses 16mm film. And, apparently, it will only accept this 16mm film if the film comes pre-loaded in special cassettes that were manufactured by Minolta. Seeing as how this camera was made in 1957, and Minolta sold off their operations to Sony some years back, I’d say that if you do decide to purchase this nifty little treasure, all you’ll really be buying is either a photography related conversation piece, or an addition to some collection. Because, you know, good luck actually locating film for this puppy. Don’t let that deter you, though, because the odds are pretty good, I would suspect, that this camera most likely was used by an authentic, real-life, honest-and-for-true, Bond villain at some point in its history. So, it’s got that going for it! …Don’t quote me on that, though… I’m just speculatin’.
The camera itself fits entirely inside the cigarette pack, and takes its photos through a small hole which has been cut into the side of the pack in such a way as to be all super-secrety and stuff.
This auction is closing soon, so get there fast and place your bid if you’ve had your heart set on perhaps creating a major international incident this season. Don’t fret, however, if you don’t make it to the auction on time and you lose out on snagging this particular piece of tiny photo-gear. There appears to be no shortage of these types of cameras for sale.
The auction ends later today, and there are, as of this writing, currently no bids. However, the opening bid has been set at $45.95 — which may explain the “no bids” part. So, if you end up missing the auction, or if its not the Russian pack of ciggys that you’re really after, and you have no qualms about supplying your own pack of cigarettes, and cutting your very own super-secrety hole in the side of it, then you might want to try this auction instead. There’s four days left on that one, as of this writing, and the high bid is currently at a whopping eighty-eight cents!
The Minolta spy camera, with genuine Russian cigarette pack auction can be found here.