Riken Steky Model II

The Steky is unusual among subminiature cameras due to its full feature set. The camera came with an interchangeable three element fixed focus Stekinar Anastigmat f3.5 25mm lens, fully variable stopped down to f16. Shutter speeds for B, 1/25, 1/50, 1/100. Both telephoto, with viewfinder correction, and wide angle lens were manufactured. This example is…

Arsenal Kiev 30

The Kiev 30, manufactured in the Ukraine by Arsenal between 1974 and 1983 with tooling pilfered from Zeiss. I have a few other subminiature cameras including the Whittaker Micro 16, Tougodo Hit, Minolta-16, and Minox III, but the Kiev 30 and the Minox are the only ones with focus control. Make Arsenal Model Kiev 30…

Whittaker Micro 16

Produced between 1946 and 1950 by the William R. Whittaker Co. Ltd, in Los Angeles, California the Micro 16 is smaller than a pack of cigarettes. It was popular with some police forces of the era. The film is advanced by the normally recessed plunger on the side of the camera, the operation of which…

Minolta 16 Subminiature 

Featured in many spy movies as the document copier of choice, the Minolta 16 subminiature camera is a well crafted piece of photographic history. This is the Model 1, the first version to allow for slip-on filters and other lens accessories. There is a satisfying “ka-chunk” as the housing is pulled to advance the film,…