Fed 2 - Staff Review


The Fed 2 Rangefinder camera (manufactured in six variations) is recognized as one of the most excellent rangefinders that’s easy on the pocket.

Coming from the (Ukraine-based) Fed factory that’s known for its well-crafted cameras, The Fed 2 is a series of rangefinder cameras with six variations – Fed 2a, Fed 2b, Fed 2c, Fed 2d, Fed 2L, and Fed 2e. The differences between these models are minimal – only a few adjustments, mostly design-related. Later models are improved with a self-timer, and a dioptic adjuster (which allows the photographer to adjust the viewfinder’s magnification according to their vision). Like the other Feds in the family, it boasts the much-revered Industar lens, famous for producing sharpness, contrast and high resolution.

Looks-wise, you can tell that the Fed RFs are patterned after the Leica. Quality-wise, the Fed RF can match the German Leica, too. A successful span of over 70 years in the camera business proves this, selling over 700,000 units of the Fed 1 during its heyday!

So what makes the Fed 2 different from its ancestor? The Fed 2 is completely redesigned, in efforts to divert from the origins of the Fed – as a Leica II clone. The redesign provided more convenience – no more switching between two windows to focus and frame, thanks to the longer RF base of 67mm and a coupled viewfinder/rangefinder window. Additionally, loading up a film has been made simpler, with its detachable back – a feature similar to the Contax Kiev camera.

For anyone who’s ever dreamed of owning a Leica, consider the more-reasonably priced, but equally-sharp Fed 2. An avid rangefinder collector (by the name of Stephen Rothery) has this to say – “(The Soviet Fed 2) has taken everything that was good about German pre-war cameras and created an unknown timeless classic which is in a league of its own."

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written by shhquiet on 2008-05-23 #gear #35mm #rangefinder #review #fed #staff


  1. fuzztone04
    fuzztone04 ·

    The FED 2 was one of the first cameras I bought a couple of months ago, and I absolutely love it. It takes very sharp and contrasty pics. And if you're looking for accesories for it, many of them can be found for dirt cheap on Ebay. I bought a Jupiter 100mm telephoto lens for my FED and I spent all of 10 dollars on the lens. A great camera for someone just starting out.

  2. psychicd
    psychicd ·

    my 1st RF camera..got 2 of it with different lens..26m and 61L/D..

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