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Old 12-05-2019   #1
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Fed 3 shutter release

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After a long holiday from FSU cameras and prompted mainly by the purchase of a Sony alpha 5000 and a Lumix G1 I have started examining all my cameras with a view to possibly returning some to full usability, after all film may be dying but is not quite dead, I found a very nice looking Fed 3 in my stock, serial 8445570, which I suppose means that it was made in 1984, which is quite a long time ago but seems a bit late to me for a Fed 3. Anyway, the shutter cocks all right but t doesn't fire immediately or at least not always. Also it looks to me as though the curtains sometimes end up with the join inside the frame. I presume this means that I either need to sell it for parts or bite the bullet and take it apart to see if I can fix it. I gather the works are quite Zorki like and I have the Maizenberg book in Russian and a downloaded translation but I think ending up with a kit of parts is quite a likely scenario. Suggestions?
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Old 12-05-2019   #2
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I was never able to put FED 3 back in fully working order. Slow speed thing is clapping the shutter.
The known in Russia service person wrote what this camera requires nerves made from steel.
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Hi,

The first two digits of the serial number being the year is not true for FEDs but is a KMZ thing; meaning Zenit and Zorki.

The serial number of yours suggests 1972 to me.

I'll wish you luck with the repair.

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Thanks. I suspected the serial numbers didn't follow the KMZ pattern. Presumably there is information somewhere.
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Old 12-05-2019   #5
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Hi,

There's a lot of info about them all over the internet; here's a clue to the date of your one:-

http://ussrphoto.com/Wiki/default.as...eneral+Fukalov

The second photograph might be of interest.

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Old 12-06-2019   #6
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Thanks, Yes that seems to be the model I have. I have two others as well, including one with Olympic logo. They both seem to be OK and I am about to shoot a roll of film divided between them and perhaps with a few from this one if, as I think, I have found a partial solution. The speed dial seems to be loose and tends to pop up. A tiny screwdriver is needed and I think I have one. A visit to Charlies, a local store that has almost everything will do the trick I expect, if I haven't got the right size.
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Old 12-07-2019   #7
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More complicated than I thought. Connection between advance and speed dial. Something sticking. May have to disassemble.
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