From vintage golden rings to lifelike animals, hidden cameras come in many interesting shapes, sizes and purposes. But in a recently sold collection of Russian spy cameras at Aston’s Auctioneers in the UK, one of them caught my eye. It’s a spy camera disguised as – a camera. Sometimes works best to hide things in the most obvious places, and this is a perfect example.
Photographer and videographer Mathieu Stern is known for his passion for weird lenses. He recently repurposed a Russian spy lens Cyclop h3t-1. It comes attached to a night vision device, and it was used by the Russian army and even the KGB. However, Mathieu tested how it performs for shooting portraits- and the results are surprisingly good.
Upskirting is a topic we’ve discussed here before, and the law that bans it was recently blocked in the UK. And recently, a quite bizarre accident occurred because of upskirting. A man from Madison wanted to take some videos up women’s skirts with a shoe camera. However, his plans went up in smoke because the camera exploded, leaving him with minor burns.
Since the end of the Cold War, we’ve been seeing bizarre spy gadgets make the news and blow our minds. Because most of those gadgets are quite difficult to find, they’ve become hot items for collectors. In 1991, Christie’s even sold a gold-plated KGB ring spy camera for $25,000. It was so rare that in an interview with L.A. Times, Christie’s spokeswoman Katherine Curtis even said: “We think there is only one other ring camera like it in the world.”
Well, that “one other ring” just showed up on eBay for $19,490.15. (yes, and 15 cents). Unlike the version sold by Christie’s, this particular ring is made of 14K solid gold, complete with a stamp that certifies its purity.
When we think of either paparazzi or spy cameras, I believe most of us wouldn’t connect them with the late 19th century. Photographer and scientist Carl Størmer (1874 – 1957) had an unusual and controversial hobby at the time. He was only nineteen years old when he walked around Oslo with a spy camera hidden underneath his vest. He was secretly taking photos of famous men and women of the time. because of this, he is sometimes referred to as “Norway’s first paparazzi.”
I’m relying on Google Translate for this one, but it appears that North Korea are equipping their drones with Sony SLT cameras. Or, at least, one particular drone which recently crash landed in South Korea, according to a report from Naver. Judging from photos, it seems similar to a drone that was discovered in Baekryeong Island in 2014.
Inside the recently crashed drone was a Sony SLT camera. They haven’t stated which model of camera it was, or the lens being used, simply that it contained a 64GB memory card. They say that initial analysis leads them to believe that the drone was trying to get a peek into a US Military facility in South Korea. 10 images of the Seongju site were found on the camera’s memory card.
For many years wildlife photographers relied on their unparalleled patience and lots of long lenses capture footage of wildlife. However, as digital technology grows and our cameras seem to be shrinking, professional and amateur photographers alike are enjoying the freedom these compact cameras give them by devising inventive ways to get up close and personal with wildlife without impacting their natural surroundings and behaviors.