FED-10

The FED-10 is a Soviet 35 mm format rangefinder camera with a central shutter, which was produced by the FED Plant in Kharkov from 1964 to 1967. It is worth noting that the FED-10 is the first Soviet rangefinder camera with a semi-automatic exposure setting.

The FED-10 camera was created for a 35 mm perforated film with a frame size of 24×36 mm. The camera body is made of high quality cast aluminum with a removable rear panel.

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The camera was equipped with an Industar-61 2/52 mm lens. Although the camera was made with the expectation of interchangeable optics, the FED factory did not create additional lenses. So the only possible lens is the Industar-61.

If you visit Sovietcameras.org often, you know that our team loves different versions of the Industrial 61 lens very much. This is a rather sharp lens that gives very good photographs.

It is worth noting that the lens does not have an aperture control ring since it is controlled by automation in the camera. The camera has a unique bayonet mount, so third-party lenses cannot be mounted on the FED-10.

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The FED-10 camera was equipped with a central shutter with shutter speeds of 1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250 and B. Quite a good set of shutter speeds for such a camera. For example, many Zenit cameras had fewer shutter speeds. But at the same time, there are no fast shutter speeds, such as 1/500 or 1/1000.

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The camera has a built-in selenium exposure meter. It must be understood that selenium tends to deteriorate over the years, and you should not rely on the accuracy of the exposure mechanism. But you may be lucky, and you may come across a camera with a well-functioning exposure meter.

The camera has a convenient enough film advance lever and no less convenient film rewind crank. The FED-10 has a parallax optical viewfinder linked with a rangefinder with a 41 mm base. The illuminated frame inside the viewfinder window helps compensate for parallax.

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The FED-10 camera is very interesting, but unfortunately, it did not become popular. If you often read articles on Sovietcameras.org, you most likely know that this is a fairly common situation for the Soviet industry (as it was with Leningrad camera for example). 

Due to the poverty of the population, the unreliability of the design and a number of other problems standard for the USSR, after some time the production of FED-10 cameras was stopped.

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