The FED-2 is the first and very successful
attempt by Soviet camera makers to improve upon the original Leica design, which
was copied in the FED 1 for two decades. The camera has the following new features
- a removable back cover, a new, wide base, rangefinder coupled with a viewfinder,
a dioptric adjustment of the VF and strap lugs. As any Soviet Leica copy this
FED-2 is compatible with the 39 mm Leica TM lenses.
The body and the back cover were
cast, which made the camera more rigid than the original FED. The shutter and
the film transport mechanism were also redesigned and work very smoothly. There
were many modifications made to the FED-2 during its production from the mid
1950's to 1970.
This FED-2 is type b (by Princelle),
made in the late 1950's. Shutter speeds: B, 1/25 - 1/500,
f=50 mm, f:2.8, coated.
The FED-2 is in exc. condition, clean
and attractive. The finish is clean and nice. The covering is clean and complete.
The RF/VF is clear and sharp. The lens is also clear with some light cleaning
marks on the front element. The shutter is working smoothly.
This FED-2 comes complete with a
take-up spool and a lenscap.
This FED-2 is a capable user and
an desirable collectible camera. You can try any Leica lens on the FED-2, and
use its sharp Industar-26m lens with any screwmount Leica.