Engravings on the top plate: five-corners star with inside the famous "hammer and sickle" and TCBBC in its arms, producing year and the serial no. TCBBC (in cyrillic) stands for Topographicheskaya Sluzhba Voenno-Vozdushnyh Sil = TSVVS, Topographical Service of Military-Air Forces. Some cameras have no engravings on the top plate !
The manufacturer factory is not known exactly cause no factory logo on the camera. The FED was a basis for development of this camera. It looks like closely FED-1 type 11a but some important differences as the lens mount is not M39 but Contax/Kiev mount, smaller viewfinder window, strap-lugs, on some cameras flash PC socket, yellow rangefinder eye-piece, heavier brass made, with a dull nickel finish, natural leather body. The lens is Zeiss Sonnar 50mm f/1.5 or f/2.
Due to the body similarity they say that the factory was FED. For this reson we added this camera into the FED rangefinder series.
There is a confusion about the name of the camera also. As to USSR Photo.com, the correct name will be VTS-VS.
Nicknamed as the “General’s FED”, the TSVVS really was a special production high quality overall camera destined to be presented to the W.W.II Soviet military heroes.
- in USSR Photo.com
- Fed TSVVS in Sylvain Halgand's collection
- in Odditycameras
- in dvdtechcameras
- in Sovietcams
- in Russian Photohistory
- in Fotoua
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