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kenskinn  774 forum posts England
17 Feb 2013 - 1:05 PM

Does anyone remember the Photo sniper and would anyone Kobe brave enough to use one in this day and age?

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17 Feb 2013 - 1:42 PM

Yes i do and yes i would, you will never again have problems with people getting in shot when not wanted and if they did you could just bosh em over the head with it Smile

Carabosse e2 Member 1139544 forum postsCarabosse vcard England269 Constructive Critique Points
17 Feb 2013 - 1:46 PM

It would certainly be 'interesting' to use one of these................ these days! Grin


spaceman  105167 forum posts Wales3 Constructive Critique Points
17 Feb 2013 - 1:50 PM

Yeah, I remember them. It seemed like a pretty good idea to me. I would have liked to have had the opportunity to try one out. As CB suggests, using one in public would be an act of lunacy these days.

franken e2 Member 123173 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
17 Feb 2013 - 2:34 PM

I borrowed one of these from a friend in the 70's and it was great fun if not a bit heavy. I'm not sure I'd like to walk around a city centre with one these days though? Smile

You can still get them apparently:


17 Feb 2013 - 2:51 PM

handled one as a part exchange in a store in 1988 would not have popped into London with it then let alone now Wink

17 Feb 2013 - 2:53 PM

If Canon could make a digital version of the photosniper, I would be very happy. I did have one of the Zenith ones and totally loved it. Has anyone out there still got one complete and working.?

17 Feb 2013 - 3:39 PM

Yip got it at a carboot in the early 90's for 15 quid last used it about 6 months ago but I am carefull where I use it! Don't want a visit from the armed responce unit!

searlem e2 Member 738 forum postssearlem vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Feb 2013 - 5:33 PM

My first SLR was a Zenith, can't remember which model unfortunately, but used to drool over these in the adverts in Amateur Photographer, definitely not sure it would be a good idea now.

17 Feb 2013 - 11:19 PM

I seem to remember the Photosniper was designed for military use and that it's as tough as an AK47.

Sooty_1 Critique Team 41216 forum posts United Kingdom200 Constructive Critique Points
17 Feb 2013 - 11:30 PM

Didn't have a bayonet mount though, that come later!!!


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Paul Morgan e2 Member 1315626 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
18 Feb 2013 - 1:35 AM

Quote: If Canon could make a digital version of the photosniper


18 Feb 2013 - 10:28 AM

When the Photosniper was manufactured, it was the Ruskies who were getting shot at and blown to bits in Afghanistan. Now it's NATO forces.


I do remember them, but I have not seen one "live". I remember reading that the optic wasn't great. My dad's Zenit had a dinted/chipped lens at the edge, but the pictures didn't show a fault. I suspect that birdwatchers and secret police in Eastern Europe used it a lot, it would be interesting to see some of these pictures

keithh e2 Member 1023181 forum postskeithh vcard Wallis and Futuna33 Constructive Critique Points
21 Feb 2013 - 5:42 PM

I had one.

They were rubbish but they were different times. Most people my age and younger actually thought they were state of the art cool. Blush

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