Lomopedia: Zenit MF-1

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An authentic relic of Soviet intelligence era. Created after WWII, this subminiature espionage camera was issued only to intelligence agents.

Successor to another spy camera, called the F-21, the MF-1 entered production at KMZ. While this camera was most likely intended for the the KGB it was also sold for civilian usage and was introduced at the Photokina in 1994. It uses custom cut 21mm film and due to it’s spring drive it was able to operate in silence, crucial for the obvious reasons. It’s tiny size allows for easy concealment. and it could be built into all kinds of things like bras, bags, belts, books and so on. A sharp and fast lens, silent shutter, and clockwork motor drive allows for clandestine shooting. The included film cutter slices ordinary 35mm film into the MF-1’s required 21mm format.

Technical Stats:

  • Years of production: 1989 or 1994
  • Film format: custom cut film 21mm / up to 20 frames
  • Focal length: 28 mm
  • Aperture: f/2.8
  • Frame size: 18×24 mm
  • Shutter speeds: 1/10; 1/30; 1/100
  • Dimensions: 77× 41×55 mm
  • Weight: 0.180 kg
Credits: mandi

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written by pan_dre on 2013-04-30 in #reviews #vintage #spy #lomopedia #zenit #espionage #camera #russian

One Comment

  1. segata
    segata ·

    For such a small camera it still gives very good results, Im impressed :)

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