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Photo Equipment & Accessories > Exposure Meters > FED Exposure Meter
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FED Exposure Meter


Selenium Light Meter
Chrome, glass, celluloid
factory: FED, Kharkov/USSR
year:1938
serial number: E-3828
notes:
This light meter is just 1 1/8" tall, with a diameter of 2".
It weighs just under 8 oz.
It has a selenium cell, covered with glass on one side and a curved celluloid window to view the meter.
Engraved guides for:
Film speeds of 100 to 1600 (old X & D exposure system speeds)
Times of 8 minutes to 1/1000 second
Aperture settings of f:1.5 to f:18.

This meter has its factory original, fabric-covered, felt-lined inner box and outer box. The outer box has Cyrillic writing in pen on the inside lid, which reads: "Exposuremeter 1222/300". This light meter was bought during World War II, along with a FED camera, by American photographer, C. L. Sands, and bears his name on the top lid of the outer box. The meter reacts only slightly to strong light due to a worn out selenium cell.

Three series seem to exist with body in bakelite, aluminium or chromed brass.
In the known serial numbers below, the prefix "3" which sometimes appears seems to be an "E" in cyrillic (probably for Exposure). (info Jacques M.).

The light meter in Nathan Dayton's cased FED set has no serial number and the meter scale is hand written and colored.

#3-2311 has a clamshell type brown leather case with a snap.

Known serial numbers:
3-82_________ ebay
3-134 ________ S.Pseunok, Russia
3-454 ________ PYC
3-681 ________ Alexander K.
3-721 ________ eBay
3-1128 ________ web
1392 _________ Molotok _________________ without '3'
3-1533 _______ Soviet Camera store
1687 _________ Westlicht auction#29 lot#257
3-1691________ ebay
3-1794________ web
3-2000 _______ Alain Berry
3-2311 _______ Nathan Dayton
3-2336________ web
2429 _________ ebay ___________________ without '3'
3-2906 _______ A.Nikitin
3-3828 _______ W.Parkinson
4080 _________ A.Nikitin
4523 _________ Chris Sabine
4599 _________ A.Nikitin
5528 _________ eBay
5607__________ web
6167 _________ Alexander K.
6243 _________ Molotok
6446 _________ Jacques M.
6595 _________ Fred L.
7271 _________ David Tomlinson
7375__________ web
7569 _________ imcphoto
7672__________ web
7689 _________ SovietCams
8097 _________ Molotok
9106__________ web
9411__________web
9982 _________ Fotomuda ______________ chromed brass
10470 ________ eBay
10807_________ web
11906 ________ eBay
11153 ________ Christian G. (Niko80)
11704_________ web
11845 ________ PYC ___________________ alloy
11930 ________ eBay
12110 ________ eBay
12326 ________ web
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Created by nightphoto on 8/17/2007 3:27:41 PM   |   Last Edited by Jacques M. on 8/11/2016 3:02:53 PM   Revision History  
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