Gear Envy - Zenit Photosniper FS-12

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Now, this camera is a proper 'shooter.' Kidding aside, this is the Zenit Photosniper FS-12 and a it's one-of-a-kind piece.

Zenit Photosniper FS-12 © old_cameras via Flickr

Originally designed for soldiers to shoot reconnaissance images with during deployment, the Photosniper slowly transitioned into a hobbyist camera for civilian use after newer means of recon imaging were made available. Soldiers then can conveniently use this SLR camera to take photos of targets that are in transit or those far away. The Photosniper was first made by GOI and later by KMZ. One of the most identifiable features of the Photosniper was its gun-like appearance and operation — all thanks to its rifle stock and dedicated trigger shutter.

Zenit Photosniper FS-12-3 © John S. on DP Review

The Photosniper actually comes in quite a number of models but all with the same distinct look with some models bearing more features than others. Whether for work or play, you best be prepared for some awkward looks from bystanders whenever you whip out a shooter of this caliber (sorry, pun intended.)


See more images of the Photosniper at Crypto Museum, DP Review, and Camera Wiki.

written by cheeo on 2018-02-07 #gear #zenit #gear-envy #photosniper-fs-12

3 Comments

  1. yago56
    yago56 ·

    In German sold by "Neckermann" Frankfurt. I used the german version from Novoflex.
    www.photoinfos.com/Fototechnik/Objektive/Noflexar-Schnellsc…

  2. hervinsyah
    hervinsyah ·

    Really want this after read the article about at indonesia newspaper couple years ago and it said there are lot of stock of it in Saudi Arabia #wishmeluckicouldvisitsaudiagain

  3. srcardoso
    srcardoso ·

    I would think twice before pulling that thing on someone, nowadays... (・・。)ゞ

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