This camera was produced from 1955 to 1970 in various versions. The very first version was fundamentally different from the last in appearance. Nevertheless, the latest version was not a big step forward compared to the very first version of FED 2 in technical terms.
In 1956, FED 2 get a flash sync port and the ability to set the shutter speed before the shutter cocked, and in 1958 the camera received a self-timer.
In the USSR, FED 2 was considered a middle price category camera, which was technically more complicated than Zorki 2 but simpler than Kiev rangefinders.
We believe that FED 2 camera is one of the best Soviet rangefinders. Yes, there are not many shutter speeds, but this is quite enough to take photos without any difficulties.
There is no light meter and any modern features, but they are absolutely not needed. The camera has everything for a leisurely but very exciting shoot. Ergonomics are perfect. All controls are in place.
The Industar 26 lens gives very good photos, although the quality of the lens is inferior to the Industar 61 lens. The camera can also be equipped with any other rangefinder lens with an M39 screw mount.
For example, all the photos below were taken using a FED 2 camera with a Jupiter 8 lens.
All photographs in this article were taken using a FED 2 camera and a Jupiter 8 lens on Ilford HP5 Plus film.