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Ulrich W.
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Posted - Jan 11 2020 :  4:54:37 PM  Show Profile  Visit uwittehh's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hello,

recently I saw a Zorki 1 on ebay that has a brown body. I wondered because it looks like a FED 1 body (no stripes on top or bottom even if the serial number says it's a Zorki 1d).
Then I have seen PE0325 on Aidas' site and wondered if it could be one of this bodies.
Some days ago the camera arrives here. It's a FED body with the dark brown-red finish. It was modified to fit on a Zorki shutter. I am not sure if it is real or a painted FED 1 body. But why should somebody repaint a FED 1 body and fit it to a Zorki 1 then?

I have mounted the brown-red body to a late FED 1g, look at the pictures, it looks really nice :-)

The question is, are these coloured FEDs in original painted or is the vulcanite coloured?








Ulrich


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Jacques M.
France
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Posted - Jan 14 2020 :  08:36:17 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Interesting...

On the "regular" coloured Fed 2, is the vulcanite dyed in mass or painted? Most of the Fed 2 we see on eBay are certainly painted... What is your feeling about your Fed 1, Ulrich? It seems the same colour as our two year anniversary camera...

Anyway, this Fed should be fine among files of black and chrome cameras...

Amitiés. Jacques.
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Jacques M.
France
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Posted - Jan 14 2020 :  11:45:21 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Hi Ulrich!
I was sorry not to be able to say something.
So, I have just bought the same coloured one, really used and which could be original. Comparison in some weeks!
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Ulrich W.
uwittehh
Germany
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Posted - Jan 14 2020 :  1:03:07 PM  Show Profile  Visit uwittehh's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Jacques,

good idea to compare the color of a red FED 2 and this one.
I own 3 red FED 2 and they are all painted, as my other colored FED 2 (dark green and dark blue) as well.

Now two comparison pictures:



Compared to the original red FED 2 the color looks the same, also the same grade of gloss.



Compared to our anniversary FED 2, the color of our FED 2 is more purple.

It would be nice to see your comparison pics if you have the time.

Ulrich


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Jacques M.
France
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Posted - Jan 16 2020 :  07:01:27 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Ulrich,

For the moment, my camera is not yet arrived, not even sent.
Here two picts of the seller.


http://www.ussrphoto.com/UserContent2/1612020_Fed 1 red 5.jpg



http://www.ussrphoto.com/UserContent2/1612020_Fed 1 red 6.jpg

The fact that this camera is well used, and even worn, makes me think that it could be genuine, if such painted Fed 1 can be genuine... Anyway, it was not freshly painted!

Amitiés. Jacques.

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Ulrich W.
uwittehh
Germany
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Posted - Jan 16 2020 :  2:17:50 PM  Show Profile  Visit uwittehh's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Jacques,

very nice! Another brown FED 1. I hope it arrives soon at you and you can show us pics.
Most of my colored FED 2 look very good, because I bought some of them over the years and kept the best of them But I also have one brown red FED 2 that looks very used and that is painted.
I always mean the dark colors, the dark red brown, the dark green and the dark blue FED 2 of which I think that these are the original camera colors.
At the moment there are some sellers on ebay that sell strange painted FEDs and Zorkis, light blue, green, silver and so on. They look ugly

Ulrich

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