FED 'Berdsk'                                                                                                                     

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Former Soviet Union


Approx. 1000

174000 to 180000+


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

This camera is a copy of the Leica II, and is referred to by Princelle as Type 1e.

In 1941 the FED factory at Kharkov was moved to Berdsk, in Siberia, to escape from advancing German forces. The Kharkov factory was subsequently destroyed when the city was occupied in October 1941. Several hundred cameras were produced in Berdsk (serial number range 174000 to 178000), probably, in the main, from parts produced in Kharkov.

Six standard types of engraving appear on the top plate of Fed cameras produced between 1934 and 1955. This camera has Type lll engraving.
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