USSR 1952 – Spy Camera – 21 mm – Rare.
The KMZ Ajax-12 stands as a subminiature espionage camera meticulously crafted for the Soviet Union’s intelligence agency, the KGB.
The Ajax integrates a clockwork mechanism powered by a spring, enabling operatives to capture a sequence of images without requiring manual film rewinding. Frequently employed for undercover photography, the camera was adept at remaining concealed within or behind other objects, while its robust construction ensured durability and film protection even under adverse conditions.
A civilian iteration of the camera emerged in 1989, known as the Zenith MF1, expanding the reach of this unique and covert photographic technology beyond its original espionage context.