I am planning to make a series of such reviews about the FED-2 camera. They will go in order through the lineup in reverse chronological order.
FED-2 is interesting to me because it includes quite a few options that were produced at different times. The differences between the options are mostly purely visual, but they are really interesting to observe.
I have selected several representatives to illustrate the major milestones in the development of the model.
Over time, we will get to quite early and rare modifications, but so far their turn has not come yet.
And our guest today:
FED-2 (B) PE0395
This copy has the number 330947 and according to the classification of sovietcams.com belongs to type PE0395.
We will compare this camera with the later modification PE0415 (pictured on the right), for which I already have a short review.
The PE0395 model was produced in 1956-1958 and is in the range of numbers from 236,000 to 475,000. The volume of the issue, respectively, is quite large - about 239 thousand units.
The device is not rare, it is often found and is inexpensive.
The specific year of release of my copy can only be assumed as 1957, based on the position of the number in the interval.
So let's compare the two models.
Immediately striking is the different location of the synchrocontact socket. In an earlier modification, the socket is lower and closer to the lens.
Different head shapes. PE0395 has a simpler cylindrical head.
In the upper part of the right head, there is no memo for the sensitivity and type of film.
Knurling on heads, incl. on the shutter speed selector - smaller.
The lens for this specimen is a drive-in Industar-26M 1: 2.8 F5cm No. 109091.
Here are some larger photos. And by the way. I have my own passport for this device. You can find his scans below.