This little camera reminds us of that scene in Dr Strangelove, when the Russian ambassador is taking pictures of the “Big Board” in the US “War Room,” with a tiny spy camera.
Ebayer Sunart’s Minox Vef Riga first hit the scenes in 1936 and was manufactured only until about 1943 when production stopped as a result of World War II—the camera originates from Latvia. After 1948, production began again—Minox later reinvented itself as a 35mm and 110mm film cameras company in the 1970’s.
The Minox Vef Riga, was originally built to be a luxury item, but soon took on the reputation of being a spy camera due to its tiny, discreet size—8x3cm! The camera offers a 15mm f/3.5 lens and uses special 9.2mm wide film that comes in a tiny cartridge.
Minox actually still makes a camera very similar to it if you need to be sneaky without the retro style.
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