Inside, you will find a selection of ingenious but useful subminiature cameras of the type that have been used for years by virtually all government intelligence agencies on the planet. The most popular models used during and after World War II were the Minox 9.5mm cameras which were invented by Mr. Walter Zapp of Riga, Latvia in or around 1934. The Germans, Italians, Japanese, Russians, British, and the Americans used them in a never-ending battle for information. The popularity of the Minox camera was attributed to its simplicity, ruggedness, image quality, and size measuring only 3 inches long by about 1 1/8 inches wide and 1/2 inch thick. The first of these are referred to as the "Riga" models because of their origin and of the materials which were used. The Rigas were constructed with a stainless steel shell which made it almost indestructible. Most of the Minox cameras manufactured since have a light weight aluminum shell and few have been made from titanium, have been anodized in black, and have been plated in gold.
Sophistication is no stranger to the Minox line. From the onset, the Minox cameras provided such amenities as built-in Parallax Correction. The optics within the camera's view finder actually move as one sets the focus which can be as close as 8 inches. For nearly exact focus, the camera's attached chain has small "spheres" set in 8", 10", 12", 18" increments with the full length of the chain being 24". You simply view the item or document until the viewfinder frame is filled, drop the chain down and observe the "sphere" resting closest to the subject, and set the focus knob to the nearest distance as dictated by the chain/sphere. The result will be a perfectly centered and focused image on the film. For surveillance purposes, the camera's lens depth of field can be from 6 feet to infinity when the focus knob is set to 12 feet. This is true whether one is inside shooting in available light or outside in sunlight. And, the lens opening will remain at f:/3.5 in either case since there is no diaphragm to adjust. Exposure is set by adjusting the shutter speed which offers 1/2 to 1/1000 second on the mechanical models and 30 seconds to 1/2000 second on the later automatic/electronic models.
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