One of the first truly massive and popular Soviet cameras of good quality was FED, which was in fact a good copy of Leica II.
The very first cameras began to be produced in the 30s of the 20th century. During World War II, the production of these devices was discontinued. After the war, the factories started working again, and the production of FED cameras continued.
Starting from the second model, FED cameras began to differ quite a lot from Leica II. But unfortunately, the Soviet factories did not really want to make any cardinal improvements and innovations, so the cameras of the latest model were not much different from the first models.
Nevertheless, FED’s were very good cameras, especially the first models. The latest devices differed for the better only by the presence of slow shutter speeds, but they were quite ugly.
These soviet 35mm film cameras were equipped with very cool Industar 61 2,8/50 lenses, which were built according to the Tessar scheme, which gives very sharp images with a wonderful retro effect.
In addition, these cameras could be equipped with a variety of cool lenses, such as Jupiter 8 or Jupiter 3. In addition to standard lenses, it was possible to use telephoto and wide-angle lenses.
Of course, cameras like Kiev or Zorki 3 are more advanced and technically equipped. Nevertheless, the first FED models are slightly inferior to the above devices in style and quality.