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Guido Posted - Jul 08 2016 : 2:58:25 PM

Dear friends

I recently found a FED lens with the an usual number on the back (7405) and an other number on the front:


It looks a little strange to me, never seen such engraving on a camera AFAIR ... what do you think about?

Thanks for all your opinions!

Best wishes - Guido
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Jacques M. Posted - Jul 18 2016 : 07:11:49 AM

As far as I know, the lenses were numbered on the front of the crown from the Fed 1g s/n 550000, very roughly. And without interruption when the Fed 2 appeared.

We can suppose that the double numbering was used on the first lenses, till they were completely used. And yes, Geoff, there are always mysteries about Feds. Happily!

Amitiés. Jacques.
geoffox23 Posted - Jul 10 2016 : 4:31:10 PM
Hi Guido

I have found that when a push-button lens (either I-22, I-50 or I-10) is fitted to a FED-2, the push-button fouls the body covering at infinity. So we find the clip-lock lens uniquely on the FED-2.

Just to confuse further, yesterday I purchased FED lens No003198 on the big auction site, with 9286 stamped on the rear. But the attached passport shows 9286 as the serial number. Why?? There are many mysteries with FED cameras. :-)


Guido Posted - Jul 10 2016 : 3:17:56 PM

Hello Geoff

Thank you very much for your interesting finds. What do you think about my speculation that at least the push-buttom lock lenses were destinated for FED 1 originaly and later used for the FED-2 series? Only guessing. I found mine on a FED 1f (368xxx) but I'm in doubt about this camera (black painted engravings for example ... this is made often later as I think).

Thank you for your big help!

Best wishes - Guido
geoffox23 Posted - Jul 10 2016 : 05:09:02 AM
Thanks all.

Guido, If it is useful, my records show that all(?) FED push-button lock lenses with "No......" on the front also have numbers stamped on the rear.
And FED-2 lenses with clip-lock up to approx. No130000 have numbers on the rear, but not after.
(this data is from my observations only, not from any official records)


Fred_L Posted - Jul 10 2016 : 04:21:34 AM
Hi all

My six lenses have click button and no number on back

AlexanderK Posted - Jul 10 2016 : 03:05:04 AM
Hi Geoff,
all my lenses have "wide" button and "click-lock" and only one Nr. on front of the ring, but I have no lenses beginnig with "0" as Guido's and yours one. My lowest Nr. is 132051.

Regards, Alexander
Guido Posted - Jul 10 2016 : 03:02:44 AM

Good morning Geoff

Thank you for the pictures. Yes, it's a push button of caurse.

Best withes - Guido
geoffox23 Posted - Jul 09 2016 : 10:32:45 PM
And this is normal push button, like yours?



geoffox23 Posted - Jul 09 2016 : 10:05:24 PM

Hi Guido
This is the lens for FED-2 with clip-lock.



Guido Posted - Jul 09 2016 : 5:27:24 PM

Hello Geoff

Well, sorry to hardly understand the difference ... push button, yes, lock, yes, but what could you meen by "clip look"? It's the same mechanism I found on most early lenses for the Zorkis, like Jupiter (3, 8) or Industar (22, 50). Will my answer give you any idea?

Thanks in advance!

Best wishes - Guido
geoffox23 Posted - Jul 09 2016 : 5:05:34 PM
Hi Guido
Does your lens have a push button or clip lock for infinity?

Hello Alexander and Fred.
Do any of these lenses also have the number on the back?

Fred_L Posted - Jul 09 2016 : 04:20:30 AM

I also have some lenses with such serial numbers

139397 on 015079 preseries body
160820 on 013963 preserirs body
175545 on 013378 preseries body

205858 on 071782 body
236912 on 127611 body
238244 on 261714 dark brown/red body


AlexanderK Posted - Jul 09 2016 : 01:44:29 AM
Yes, Guido, with the same engraving.
I have 5 different early FED-2 cameras with such lenses, from prototype till Nr.150633. Here is the photo:


Regards, Alexander
Guido Posted - Jul 08 2016 : 4:12:19 PM

Hello Alexander

With the same engravings? In "Jugendstil" writings? With two "-" under the "0" sign as equivalet for "No"? Interesting and a kind of irritating ...

Thank you for your answer!

Best wishing - Guido
AlexanderK Posted - Jul 08 2016 : 4:04:44 PM
Hi Guido,
such lenses were mounted on the first cameras FED-2. The last number I have seen is 278681 (FED-2 Nr.150633).

Regards, Alexander

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