And again, and again – Dating fed cameras

I enjoy shooting film, in particular rangefinders. There is a poetry in finding exposure value, selecting an aperture and shutter speed. It is a slower way of working and far more constrained than shooting digital. For urban shooting it’s the right tool for me.

The Fed2 is a russian copy of the classic Leica camera. It’s heck of a chunk of metal and a brilliant design. Mine is has a serial number of 356262 which dates him as born in ’53.  So my Russian cloth shuttered monster rolled out of a factory the year Stalin died.

Fed serials against dates of manufacture

1934 31-4,000
1935 4,001-16,000
1936 16,001-31,000
1937 31,001-53,000
1938 53,001-82,000
1939 82,001-116,000
1940 116,001-148,000
1941 148,001-175,000
1942-1945 (war)
1946 175,001-176,000
1947 176,001-186,000
1948 186,001-203,000
1949 203,001-221,000
1950 221,001-248,000
1951 248,001-289,000
1952 289,001-341,000
1953 341,001-424,000
1954 424,001-560,000
1955 560,001-700,000

 

From 1955 onwards the first two digits of the serial represents the date, thus 6400000 would be a 1964 unit.

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