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09-02-2009, 10:45 AM   #1
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M42 experts: Spy Lens?

Just out of curiosity, I tried to find some info on this lens and could not find anything. It looks like a pinhole, but that would be pretty worthless for spy photos due to the lond exposure.

Anyone???

09-02-2009, 10:55 AM   #2
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looks like it was used to take photos through a pin hole in the wall of a hotel / appartment room.

wide angle would give about 95% of the room in view, and length of the barrel implies it was inserted through something. almost the same idea as a peep hole in a door,

BTW i made a fisheye once out of a door peep hole once by mounting it onto a lens cap and placing the cap on my 50mm. see image below. I would imagine the spy lens would be better quality but you get the idea of how it would look
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Well that makes more sense...strange looking beast.
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What an object.

Info here (in German): Museum: Detailanzeige

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Verwendung: Konspiratives Fotografieren von Personen und Situationen

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See also this pic on the right of the Wiki page for Stasi.
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