FED (Engraving type I)                                                                                     

Former Soviet Union

1934 - 1935

Approx. 6000

31 to 6000


FED 3.5/50mm (collapsible) with aperture scale 3.5/4.5/6.3/9/12.5/

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Six standard types of engraving appear on the top plate of Fed cameras produced between 1934 and 1955.

This camera is a copy of the Leica II, except for the omission of an accessory shoe on the top plate. Cameras with Type I engraving are Type 1a (Princelle) and were produced at the FED works in Kharkov.

This model has a large speed dial, compared to later versions, that sits in a depression in the top cover. The rangefinder viewfinder window on some bodies is distinctive, having a 'step' on the right hand side (this window is rectangular on later models. The pictures show both types).

Examples are known in black, and also with burnished (see bottom two images) and chrome finishes.

Courtesy of Pacific Rim Camera
Low serial numbers (up to, say, 1000) often fetch considerably more.
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