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Still Cameras > FED 1 > Fed NKAP (Red Flag)
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Fed NKAP (Red Flag)
1946-1948

It is still disputed when or where the FED NKAP 'Red Flag' cameras were produced.
FED was given the Red Flag award in September 1945. At least some may have been assembled in Berdsk from January till September 1946, as the first series of FED cameras produced after WWII. According to Princelle, a passport for camera #201280 was issued in Berdsk on August 18th, 1946. In September 1946 FED returned from Berdsk to Kharkov.
However, other sources report that the cameras were produced in 1948 when the FED factory resumed operations in Kharkov.
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ФЭД НКАП-СССР Ордена Трудового Красного Знамени Завод им. ФЭДзержинского
(FED NKAP-USSR Order of the Red Banner of Labor factory named after F.E.Dzerzhinsky)
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These cameras seem quite rare and distinguishing originals from fakes can prove challenging. Apart from the engraving on the top plate there seem to be no common features which can be found on all cameras. It appears that whatever parts available were used for assembly, resulting in a mix of Type d and e, f and in some cases even b and c features, but it remains unclear whether these are truly original.
Fact is that FED equipment were transferred from Berdsk to KOMZ in late 1942. There were no left over parts to produce cameras in Berdsk, production in Berdsk was started from scratch. Also, according to our member Zoom, there was a fire in the FED management building in summer 1944 and all documentation was lost.
Some cameras deemed original show a distinct milling pattern on the wind and rewind knobs, a different stretched style of vulcanite pattern and a shutter cage made of brass.
Note that 1f parts should not be possible on these cameras (1f were made later, from 1948).
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Serial number range: #200000 to 2018xx
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Known serial numbers:
#Cam ___ #Lens _______________ Owner/Source ________ Remarks
200000 __ ? ___________________ Alfa2 _____ seen on photos, it's in bad condition
200006 __ ? ___________________ hylee617 ____________ early notched viewfinder
200026 __ ? ___________________ ussrcameras.ru
200114 __ 123548 ______________
200146 __ ? ___________________ fotoua type-10
200161 __ ? ___________________ Princelle
200164 __ 138611 ______________ ebay 2016
200202 __ ? ___________________ hylee617
200209 __ 75885/59/7 __________ Jacques M.
200347 __ ? ___________________ A.Nikitin
200535 __ ? ___________________ A.Nikitin
200600 __ ? ___________________ Alexander K.
200680 __ 2686711 Sonnar f2 ____ DVD
200863 __ ? ___________________ French collector
200908 __ 0485 ________________ Molotok 2011
200990 __ ? ___________________ Fedka
201194 __ ? ___________________ eBay 2015
201280 __ ? ___________________ Princelle _________ Passport 19/08/1946 Berdsk
201301 __ 8875 ________________ eBay
201336 __ 0787/102 ____________ eBay
201552 __ ? ___________________ private
201668 __ ? ___________________ Aidas
201702 __ ? ___________________ DVD ____________ 1c parts, younger top plate
201750 __ ? ___________________ private
201759 __ ? ___________________ private
201880 __ ? ___________________ aukro 2015 according to A.Nikitin
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Created by AidasCams on 2/14/2008 7:52:08 AM   |   Last Edited by RCCCUK on 9/18/2016 6:51:30 AM   Revision History  
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