NaBloPoMo – Cameras – FED5

The FED rangefinders were made in the Ukraine.  They and the factory were named after Felix Edmundovich Dzerzhinsky.  Yep that guy,  the founder of the Cheka,  the predecessor of the KGB.  The FED cameras were all rangefinders, with the original FED1 based on the Leica rangefinder.  The FED5 was the end of production for the FED rangefinder line.  By then,  it shared little resemblance to the originals but still had the M39 mount.  It was no longer bottom loading,  had a removable back instead.  It included a light meter and a acessory shoe.  I belive they were in production from 1977 to 1990 or so.

This example was purchased toward the end of the production run.  It is the only Soviet/Russian camera I have bought new.  I purcahsed it from a small company in California which specialized in stereo photography – Berezin Stereo Photography Products.

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One Response to NaBloPoMo – Cameras – FED5

  1. Lauri says:

    I do believe you could start a "Camera Museum"! Amazing!

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