Oh, the Things This Vintage Soviet Vega 2 Spy Camera Must Have Seen

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This here is a real, live Soviet spy camera. The kit uses 16mm film and was built in Kiev sometime between 1962 and 1964. Who knows what secrets it snapped beck in the day... Updated. [Etsy via Photojojo]

Update: I've been fooled by a spy, it seems. This is just an old Soviet-esque looking camera. My new contact for all things USSR camera-related, Vlad, let me know the real deals are catalogued neatly here. Thanks, Vlad!

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DISCUSSION

What, other than it's small size, makes this a "spy" camera?

Just because some random guy says that it is? Some random guy who is SELLING something?

Spy cameras typically are sub-miniature (available at the time) or disguised as something else, such as an umbrella, so it is not obvious that the "spy" is taking pictures.

There are no references anywhere that I can find identifying this a spy camera.

This is a spy camera, note the "disguising device" for hiding it in a briefcase or some other object.

[rafcamera.com]

Here are some other "real" spy cams.

[www.spyreview.co.uk]

[antiquegadgets.com]