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The serial production of the Soviet FED camera started in 1934 at a plant in a children labor commune in the city of Kharkov. The FED camera was named after F.E.Dzerzhinskiy, a famous Russian NKVD-KGB founder. Before the Second World War, approximately 160,650 FED cameras were produced, replicating the German Leica II.

During the war the plant ceased operations and did not start up again until 1948. Then in 1955, the plant began producing the FED-2, an improved model of the FED camera.

FED-3, in comparison with the FED-2, in the given camera the range of the exposures was extended. There were added 15, 8, 4, 2 and 1 seconds. The name FED 3 is engraved on the front of the camera in Russian and English. Still as always and unlike the Leica of that time the back was removable.

Caution: The shutter must be wound first, only then can you set the correct speed. Camera was painted by Russian handmaster and it is very NICE Popular rangefinder Russian Camera.

On Jean Loup Princelle "The Autentic Guide to Russian and Soviet Cameras" has number F-170.
Everything works properly.
Glass on lenses is clean, no fungus.
Body metal has #305485
Comes with, lens cap with star, spool, english
manual, leather case and box.
The camera is let out in a year of the 50 anniversary of Communist Revolution in 1917. Body of the camera has Vladimir Lenin Bas-relief on a background of a red star and a flame and Inscription in Russian: "ALWAYS READY"(to burn to a fire of world revolution)"
SEE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vladimir_Lenin
SEE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/October_Revolution
Technical information:
Camera Type: RF (rangefinder)
Film: 35mm
Image Size: 24x36mm
Lens: "Industar-61" (Tesssar copy)
Focal length: 52
Relative aperture: F: 2,8
Focusing: 1M to infinite
Bayonet: M39 Leica screwmount (LTM)
Shutter speeds: 1c, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500 of a second and "B".

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1967 Antique Red Star FED-3 camera rare Russian LEICA -from RussianVintage


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  • Materials: metal, leather
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