FED 5b Leica Copy Vintage Russian Soviet Camera Rangefinder Soviet Photography, Father's day Gift
This Fed 5b was made in USSR (Soviet Union) in the 1980's.The FED is a Soviet rangefinder camera, mass produced from 1934 until around 1990, and also the name of the factory that made it. FED is indirectly named after Felix Edmundovich Dzerzhinsky, founder of the Cheka. It was his name that was given to the labour commune at Kharkiv (Ukraine) whose manager, Anton Makarenko, encouraged a workshop education for indigent children and who decided to copy the Leica in 193. From 1955, FED began to innovate, combining the rangefinder with the viewfinder in the FED 2 and all its successors. The FED-3 added slow shutter speeds and on the later version FED-3 (b) the film advance was changed from a thumbwheel to a lever. The FED 4 (1964–77) added a non-coupled selenium exposure meter. The FED 5 marked the end of the FED rangefinder family, and was meant as a replacement for both the FED-3 and FED-4 that were in production at the time of its introduction. There were versions of the FED-5: the original FED-5 had an exposure meter, the FED-5B was a cheaper version without meter, and the later FED-5C had reflected framelines showing field of view of 50mm lens and an exposure meter. All FED-5 cameras were delivered with an Industar I-61L/D lens. Production of FED rangefinder cameras ended in the mid 1990s.
Here you can read about technical characteristics of this camera -
Serial number: 618822;
Film type 35mm;
Shutter speeds 1s to 1/500s and manual (B);
Lens: Industar 61 ;
Comes with its original leather case.
Have some slight signs of the years passed. There are still a smell of new leather (from the leather case).
All Mechanism works properly, no signs of rust or mold (this is a vintage used item)--but cameras are meant to be tested by taking pictures with--and since i did not do that I am selling this As IS,as a vintage collectible camera--with no guarantee.
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