FED CAMERAS
A SHORT HISTORY

FED 3A redesigned top plate for new range finder with 2C type 2a shutter and film advance knob (finger and thumb knob.) Last designed camera body to have strap lugs. The FED 3 has two models 3A.Type 1 and Type 2 and the shutter speed dial is the differance.

FED 3A Type 1 speed dial is that of former FED 2 D where the dial is engraved with center post rotating to lock speed selected. Detail is given to this dial as it is engraved an line are also etched to each speed changing knob. This is more than likely a change ober from the FED 2 E. Not a comman Model So, RARE.

FED 3A Type 2 speeds are still that of the FED 2 D where a plate around the rotating dial has a dot and lifted and turned to selected speed setting.

 

FED 2E the last of the FED 2 series it is a FED 2 D with a FED 3B top plate with 2C type 2a shutter and new range finder. Only FED 2 with a film lever advance. Shutter speed are: B, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250 and 1/500 of a sec. Introduction of the new Industar 61 coated lens

FED 3B Introduced at about the same time as the FED 2E. FED 3B will have all the same features as the 2E but now with a new shutter. A shutter that will add back the slow speeds missing in early models. The speeds are: 1sec., 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/15 and B, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125 1/250 and 1/500 of a sec. introduced on the FED 2C Type 2 which bring the shutter to Western Standard. Speeds will be read on a silver plate around the shutter activation knob with red arrow engraved on it. The FED 3B will have a single stroke film advance lever.

FED 4A also introduced at about the same time as the FED 3A has a new top plate with 2C type 2a shutter and a selenium cell light meter is added.

Meter is a match the needle type using EV (Exposure Value) settings. Meter is integrated into the left of the camera and placing the film rewind knob on the side of camera. The light cell is in front right close to the secondary window. The FED 4A will have the FED 2C type 2a shutter and film advance (finger and thumb knob.) Camera has strap lugs last of the FED 2 bodies used.

FED 4B also introduced at about the same time as the FED 3B has a new top plate and logo plate. A new larger range finder is added with this logo plate giving the camera a much smoother up to date look.

Meter is a match the needle type using EV (Exposure Value) settings. Meter is integrated into the left of the camera and placing the film rewind knob on the side of camera. The light cell is in front right close to the secondary window. The FED 4A will have the FED 3B shutter and film advance lever. The speeds are: 1sec., 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/15 and B, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125 1/250 and 1/500 of a sec. introduced on the FED 2C Type 2 which bring the shutter to Western Standard.

There is a new framing for the primary window and secondary window. The framed secondary window is a chrome frame with a black insert. Produced with two different logo insert plates FED 4 in Cyrillic for domestic sale and FED 4 in Latin for export. This will be the standard for production.

Fed 5 Type 1 the next step in the evolution of the FED camera. The top plate is once again redesigned.

Top plate still changing will still have the SCLM window for EV match the needle is on the top off center left. This moves the rewind knob back to a more normal position for rewinding film. The film rewind knob is thumb and finger with an outside dial for filmsettings, shutter speed setting and EV number for meter.

There is still framing for the primary window and secondary window but now the SCLM glass is also framed. The frame is plastic not metal as on FED 4 Type 2. Secondary window frame has a brushed chrome insert with FED 5 in Cyrillic or Latin for export now includes the primary window.

The PC connection for flash is moved to the back of the camera close to the eye-viewing window of the top plate. Camera is updated again replacing the accessory shoe with a hot shoe for flash or other accessories.

A black plate for shutter speed number settings surrounds the shutter speed activator dial which is also now black. Activator now has a red arrow makes settings much easier. Still present are slower speeds: 1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8 and 1/15 of a second plus the other Western Standard speed B, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250 and 1/500 of a second introduced on the FED 3B. This is a new shutter and is the first to be designed to be used with electronic flash units 1/30 of a sec. marked in red.

The film advance is still a single lever now with auto number reset in a black housing.

Introduced in two models FED 5 and FED 5B without meter and with a film rewind fold away crank to replace rewind knob.

Later FED 5C with all the of the features of the FED 5 but minus the diopter for viewing and focusing.

 

FED 5 Type 2a is the last FED. The FED 5 Type 2 in all features is the same as the Type 1. Minor changes in cosmetics as the brushed metal plate is removed and FED 5 is stencled on name logo plate.

The FED 5 Type 2a will apear in three models 5, 5B and 5C. The FED 5 and 5C will again be the same camera except that the 5C will have focusing diopter.

FED 5B Type 2a in general works the same as the FED 5 but with out a meter and has a fold away film rewind crank to replace the film rewind knob.

FED 5 Type 2b in all features is the same as the Type 2a again with minor changes in cosmetics. The need for a PC connection is lessened in the flash world for most are made to work with a hot shoe. Less need the PC connection is removed.

The FED 5 Type 2b will also apear in three models 5, 5B and 5C. The FED 5 and 5C will again be the same camera except that the 5C will have focusing diopter.

 

A FED 6 TTL was planed and introduced at the Internation German Photo Expo in 2000 but it was never put in to production.

FED 6 TTL was to have an electonic shutter similar to the Minolta Leica CL. TTL metering system is a diode system shutter speed to lens opening. Lens an updated Industar 61 L/D 55mm F2.8 Leica L39 39mm screw mount. Shutter would be 8 sec. to 1/2000.

 

 

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