FED-2 Type 1a with Collapsible FED lens

(3 customer reviews)

$209.00

SKU: f2_017578 Category:

Description

The FED-2 is the first and quite 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 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 the first production model (ca. 1955), type ‘a’ by Princelle. The camera has a “Zavod im Dzerzhinskogo” engraving on the top plate and a collapsible FED lens.

  • Shutter speeds: B, 1/25 – 1/500.
  • Lens: Collapsible FED, f=50 mm, 1:3.5, coated, Leitz Elmar copy.

The FED-2 is great classic Leica mount rangefinder. It is more convenient to use than the original Leica copy (combined RF/VF, removable back). It is surely better than the newer FEDs (models 3 to 5) – more reliable shutter, wider base rangefinder, better appearance. You can use any Leica threadmount lens with it, and use its sharp FED lens with any screwmount Leica.

Also, this FED-2 variation is very uncommon and will make a great addition to your Russian camera collection.

Additional information

Weight 2.5 lbs

3 reviews for FED-2 Type 1a with Collapsible FED lens

  1. Harold Halverson

    This is a great little camera. I have learned to stop wasting money and time and buy from a honest dealer,
    even if the price is a little more.
    Thankyou Again for a quality item.

  2. Michael Huetter

    This is the first camera I ordered from Yuri – and it will not be the last one. Despite the age of the camera, it came in excellent condition and everything works smooth like butter. Also the shipping was very fast and the communication was very nice.
    Thank you, Yuri!

  3. Klaus Micheel

    The camera arrived within a couple of days. I feels solid, handles very well, and the lens just “belongs” with it. I already owned a rigid lens I could have used, but Yuri suggested going with the collapsible one. I am so glad I did. The pictures turned out beautifully. I am very pleased with my purchase and would not hesitate buying from Yuri again.

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