FED (Engraving type III)                                                                                           

Country of origin:


Number made:

Serial no. range:

Shutter speeds:

Standard lens:

Former Soviet Union

1939 - 1941


95000 to 175000


FED 3.5/50mm (collapsible) with aperture scale 3.5/4.5/6.3/9/12.5/18

Six standard types of engraving appear on the top plate of Fed cameras produced between 1934 and 1955.
General notes: This camera is a copy of the Leica II. Cameras with Type III engraving are Type 1d (Princelle) and were mainly produced at the FED works in Kharkov. In 1941, however, the factory was moved to near Novosibirsk, in Siberia, to escape from advancing German forces. The Kharkov factory was destroyed when the city was occupied in October 1941. Several hundred cameras were subsequently produced in Novosibirsk (serial number range 174000 to 178000).

Pictured camera: Body serial number is 148072. This body was produced in 1941, in Kharkov. The rear of the lens is engraved with the number 147961.

The rangefinder cover on this camera has an indentation opposite the switch lever that disengages the transport sprocket and shutter mechanism.

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