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Niko80
Austria
142 Posts
Posted - Nov 04 2011 :  5:40:57 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello!

Anyone ever seen a prewar FED 100mm viewfinder for sale?
What's the chance of getting one (in working condition) and for how much?

Best regards,
Christian
Martti Muda
fotomuda
Estonia
116 Posts
My Collection

Posted - Nov 04 2011 :  5:53:42 PM  Show Profile  Visit fotomuda's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hello!

I have seen many lenses without the viewfinder.
So I think, it is impossible to get one.
I have also one missing!!!
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Michael Schub
outfitter
USA
7 Posts
Posted - Nov 04 2011 :  5:55:58 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have one with its leather case. Haven't thought of selling but I haven't added to my collection in years so if you find out what its worth you can make me an offer if you wish
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okynek
734 Posts
Posted - Nov 04 2011 :  11:18:51 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Non optical viewfinders like this:
http://ussrphoto.com/Wiki/default.asp?WikiCatID=31&ParentID=3&ContentID=659&Item=FED+Sports+Finder
was available before WWII for Fed. They are hard to find now-days. Optical viewfinders was expensive and considered to be over the top for amateurs photographers at that time.
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Jacques M.
France
1228 Posts
Posted - Nov 05 2011 :  08:23:05 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Sports finder are still more difficult to find!
As for the 100mm optical finder, I have seen it from time to time on eBay, but it's scarce. And almost impossible to buy without the lens...

Some (rare) are numbered, not the others. I still wonder why... Perhaps the non numbered were made (and sold) separately? Another question: it seems there are much more 100mm lenses than 100mm finders ?

Amitiés. Jacques.
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Niko80
Austria
142 Posts
Posted - Nov 05 2011 :  5:46:39 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you for your replies!

It's true, the 100mm lens is quite easy to find compared to the viewfinder. I guess it was indeed sold seperately as stated by okynek.

I have found an offer for a FED 100mm 6.3 lens and viewfinder combined but they look different and may be something completely else. I'll investigate this further...

Regards,
Christian

Edited by - Niko80 on Nov 05 2011 6:28:40 PM
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Michael Schub
outfitter
USA
7 Posts
Posted - Nov 06 2011 :  07:49:58 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Well I was rummaging around and found two FED 1:6,3 F=100 m/m lenses (forgot about the second lens) in addition to the FED marked 100mm finder and pigskin pouch - told you I haven't actively collected for a while. Anyhow, I will try post photos sometime today.
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Niko80
Austria
142 Posts
Posted - Nov 08 2011 :  1:57:12 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Dear Michael, photos would be very much appreciated!
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Michael Schub
outfitter
USA
7 Posts
Posted - Nov 08 2011 :  2:04:25 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sorry Christian I had emailed them to you directly. Here are two quick photos:

http://i739.photobucket.com/albums/xx35/strangeisjane/fedgroup.jpg

http://i739.photobucket.com/albums/xx35/strangeisjane/fedfinder.jpg

I do have a lot of pre-war FED "stuff" that I haven't added to for over 10 years.
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Niko80
Austria
142 Posts
Posted - Nov 09 2011 :  11:08:23 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you, very nice photos!

However we still have no idea what a viewfinder might be worth. Does anyone have an idea?

I have come across some strange "Russian Airforce" FED 100mm 6.3 lens and viewfinder, however it clearly does't fit standard FED cameras.

Have you seen something like this before?

http://www.fotokor.com/engl/d_0582_100mm_1_6_3_FED_fur_russische_Luftwaffe_EXTREM_RAR1465.htm

Regards,
Christian
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okynek
734 Posts
Posted - Nov 09 2011 :  5:33:36 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This lens is from camera S-13 mounted on MIG fighters, see:
http://ussrphoto.com/Wiki/default.asp?WikiCatID=17&ParentID=1&ContentID=228&Item=S%2D13+Photo+Machine+Gun+Camera+Czech+Export

The viewfinder seem to be original.
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Michael Schub
outfitter
USA
7 Posts
Posted - Nov 09 2011 :  5:48:38 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
original FED but not original S-13 I assume?
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Niko80
Austria
142 Posts
Posted - Nov 09 2011 :  6:31:52 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks, looks like it's part of some sort of machine gun aerial camera, however the ones I know look different.

This raises the question how the viewfinder fits in there, I highly doubt it was originally part of the system.

Unfortunately the store owner doesn't seem to be interested in answering to emails...

Regards,
Christian
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Vladislav Kern
Vlad
USA
3558 Posts
My Collection

Posted - Nov 09 2011 :  7:29:15 PM  Show Profile  Visit Vlad's Homepage  Reply with Quote
It is an original S-13 lens, I have the same one on my S-13 Photomachinegun, the viewfinder seems to be completely unrelated piece, no idea why it's bundled like that...
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Jacques M.
France
1228 Posts
Posted - Nov 10 2011 :  02:18:10 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

I was interested in that lens. The seller had answered that it was a Fed lens without other explanation.
Of course, it is totally impossible.

The finder is nice, but it cannot fit that lens.

Amitiés. Jacques.
PS: I own three 6,3/100mm and lack two finder...
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Niko80
Austria
142 Posts
Posted - Nov 10 2011 :  04:35:52 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Exactly!
A viewfinder makes no sense with this type of camera built into a plane.

I guess since there is a FED 100mm viewfinder and a FED 100mm 6.3 lens whereas there is almost no information about the S-13, that was enough to bundle the two.

Regards,
Christian
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Vladislav Kern
Vlad
USA
3558 Posts
My Collection

Posted - Nov 12 2011 :  1:51:27 PM  Show Profile  Visit Vlad's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I do have a FED 100mm F6.3 lens for sale if anyone is interested please contact me.

Thanks,
Vlad.
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okynek
734 Posts
Posted - Nov 14 2011 :  09:49:51 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
The viewfinder seem to be original.

I'm sorry for confusing expression.
I mean that viewfinder is original to FED and to FED 100mm lens, not to camera S-13 or to lens shown on the Web side.
Seller should offer this items separately, IMHO separately these items would sell faster and possibly get more money to seller.
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Bill Parkinson
nightphoto
USA
969 Posts
My Collection

Posted - Nov 14 2011 :  10:55:17 PM  Show Profile  Visit nightphoto's Homepage  Reply with Quote

I have listed, for sale on Ebay, the rare FED Sports Finder. Expensive, but maybe we will see if it sells and, if so, for what amount!

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=170729433901

Regards, Bill

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PremOutshine
India
2 Posts
Posted - Mar 06 2013 :  06:28:28 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The links of images above ain't working.. (just for the information)
As far my knowledge, it's kinda tough to find one.

Thank you.
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