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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 # : 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.

more photos at:: nightphoto.com

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:
3-134 ________ S.Pseunok, Russia
3-454 ________ PYC
3-681 ________ AlexanderK collection
3-721 ________ seen on eBay
3-1533 _______ Soviet Camera store
1392 _________ seen on Molotok (without "3")
3-2000 _______ Alain Berry collection
3-2311 _______ Nathan Dayton collection
3-2906 _______ A.Nikitin
2429 _________ seen on eBay (without "3")
3-3828 _______ W. Parkinson collection
4080 _________ A.Nikitin
4523 _________ Chris Sabine collection
4599 _________ A.Nikitin
5528 _________ seen on eBay
6167 _________ AlexanderK collection
6243 _________ seen on Molotok
6446 _________ Jacques collection.
6595 _________ FredL.
7271 _________ David Tomlinson
7569 _________ imcphoto collection
7689 _________ SovietCams
8097 _________ seen on Molotok
9982 _________ Fotomuda (chromed brass)
10470 ________ seen on eBay.
11906 ________ seen on eBay.
11153 ________ Christian G. (Niko80)
11845 ________ PYC collection. Aluminium.
11930 ________ seen on eBay.
12110 ________ seen on eBay.

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Created by nightphoto on 8/17/2007 3:27:41 PM   |   Last Edited by Niko80 on 1/15/2014 7:28:19 PM   Revision History  
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