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FED 2 CAMERAS




FED 1 MANUAL Manual

FED 2(a)


The FED-2 is a completely new design with many new features. It introduces a new body with solid stripes top and bottom and a removable back that locks onto the camera with 2 keys. This assembly is die cast and not machined and has shoulder strap lugs. The rangefinder assembly has also been completely redesigned. It is now a 67mm extra long base combined range finder and viewfinder. There is a pointed rangefinder cam with the rotation axis on the wind side. There is a diopter adjustment lever under the rewind knob. There is also a new shutter. The shutter has speeds of B,25,50,100,250 and 500. The shutter release has a standard thread for an internal cable release. There is also a lever around the shutter release to allow for rewinding. The Shutter curtains are covered by metal housings. The range finder window has a small rectangular cover with a rounded top that is held on with three screws. I have only seen 2 cameras of this variation and both had serial numbers between 700 and 800. This is a rare camera. The eveready case for this camera has one snap and is made of brown leather with FED-2 (in Cyrillic Block letters) embossed on the lens cover.



Caution:
When changing shutter speeds, to prevent damage to the camera, the shutter must be wound first, only then can you change the speeds.


Technical Specifications

Film Size: 35mm
Image Size: 24X36mm
Dimensions:
height: 6.7cm
width: 13.2cm
depth: 6.5cm
weight: 519gm
Normal lens: FED
Lens Mount: m39 LTM
Typical serial no: 000734

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FED-2(b)


There are only a few small changes made to this camera. The range finder window is now round and the rewind selector is now a round dial around the shutter release. Finally the covers over the shutter curtain are gone. The eveready case for this camera has one snap and is made of brown leather with FED-2 (in Cyrillic Block letters) embossed on the lens cover.



Caution:
When changing shutter speeds, to prevent damage to the camera, the shutter must be wound first, only then can you change the speeds.


Technical Specifications

Film Size: 35mm
Image Size: 24X36mm
Dimensions:
height: 6.7cm
width: 13.2cm
depth: 6.5cm
weight: 519gm
Normal lens: FED
Lens Mount: m39 LTM
Typical serial no: 037524

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FED-2(c)


There are three changes in this camera a socket for flash has been added and a rectangular cover has been added in side to cover the shutter release. The third change is the engraving on the top of the camera with only a stylized " FED" in Cyrillic script being left. There is an extremely rare(1 camera known) 1967 model with "50 years of October"(see FED-4(b)) engraved on the top. This is an indirect reference to the Communist revoloution which took place in October 1917. This is also the only known FED 2 commerative.

The eveready case for this camera has one snap and is made of brown leather with FED-2 (in Cyrillic Block letters) embossed on the lens cover.



Caution:
When changing shutter speeds, to prevent damage to the camera, the shutter must be wound first, only then can you change the speeds.


Technical Specifications

Film Size: 35mm
Image Size: 24X36mm
Dimensions:
height: 6.7cm
width: 13.2cm
depth: 6.5cm
weight: 519gm
Normal lens: FED
Lens Mount: m39 LTM
Typical serial no: 148454

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FED-2(d)


This camera has a new shutter speed selector with a center portion that does not rotate being used to set the speeds and a new large rounded range finder coupling. Anew lens is also introduced the 5cm f2.8 Industar-26M with focusing lever. These cameras were also available in the colors of brown, green, light blue, dark blue and gray. The dark blue is so dark as to appear black except in strong light. I have also seen one colored camera with a collapsible lens.

The eveready case for this camera has one snap and is made of brown leather with FED-2 (in Cyrillic Block letters) embossed on the lens cover.



Technical Specifications

Film Size: 35mm
Image Size: 24X36mm
Dimensions:
height: 6.7cm
width: 13.2cm
depth: 6.5cm
weight: 519gm
Normal lens: FED
Lens Mount: m39 LTM
Typical serial no: 457991

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FED-2(e)


This model moves the flash jack to the view finder assembly. The later cameras had a self timer added. There is also a film reminder added to the wind knob and a new higher rewind knob. The cover on the bottom of the shutter release has been done away with.


The only FED-2 commerative is the "50 Years of October" which is this model.

The eveready case for this camera has one snap and is made of brown leather with FED-2 (in Cyrillic Block letters) embossed on the lens cover.



Technical Specifications

Film Size: 35mm
Image Size: 24X36mm
Dimensions:
height: 6.7cm
width: 13.2cm
depth: 6.5cm
weight: 519gm
Normal lens: FED
Lens Mount: m39 LTM
Typical serial no: 9887126

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FED-2(f)


This is the final model of the FED-2. IT has a new shutter with speeds of B,500,250,125,60 and 30. Cameras from the mid 1960s appear to have serial numbers reflecting the year of manufacture, however , they are not. The lens may be an I-61 52mm f2.8 on late models. There are a small number of variations as follows: 1. Standard block letter engraving. 2. New engraving with "FED" in Cyrillic script over block letters. 3. Standard pebbled finish. 4. Nylon fabric finish and no strap lugs. 5.Export model engraved "MADE IN USSR" in English The eveready case for this camera has one snap and is made of brown leather with FED-2 (in Cyrillic Block letters) embossed on the lens cover.



Technical Specifications

Film Size: 35mm
Image Size: 24X36mm
Dimensions:
height: 6.7cm
width: 13.2cm
depth: 6.5cm
weight: 519gm
Normal lens: FED
Lens Mount: m39 LTM
Typical serial no: 6674958

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FED 2L


This camera looks like a FED-3 marked FED-2. However is is significently different. It was apparently made to use up left over FED-2 shutters after the change over to FED-3 bodies started. I have one in the original box and it is marked as a FED-2L.



Technical Specifications

Film Size: 35mm
Image Size: 24X36mm
Dimensions:
height: 6.7cm
width: 13.2cm
depth: 6.5cm
weight: 519gm
Normal lens: FED I-61
Lens Mount: m39 LTM
Typical serial no: 8268596

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ZARIA


This camera is a version of the FED-2(f) made without a range finder. It only has a view finder centered over the lens. It also does not have a self timer. This is one of those products that lead you to ask "Why would anyone want that?". It you are careful you will get sharp photos with a range finder, so why even bother with a camera without one? We will probably never know or understand the logic that produced this camera. Zaria means "Dawn" in Russian. The camera is engraved "Zaria" in Cyrillic script on top of the viewfinder. The eveready case for this camera has one snap and is made of brown leather with Zaria (in Cyrillic script) embossed on the lens cover.



Technical Specifications

Film Size: 35mm
Image Size: 24X36mm
Dimensions:
height: 6.7cm
width: 13.2cm
depth: 6.5cm
weight: 519gm
Normal lens: FED
Lens Mount: m39 LTM
Typical serial no: 0069979

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© Nathan Dayton 2000