The Feig is a 35mm viewfinder camera, made in Valencia, Spain shortly after the Second World War. It is attributed to Vicente Ferrer Iglesias, and was distributed by Oliver Salleras of Barcelona, according to both the auctioneer's notes at Westlicht and Pierre Dubois writing at Collection Appareils. Dubois describes the camera as a copy of the Leica Compur (Leica B), and states that the body has exactly the same dimensions. The top and base plates are of chrome-plated brass; other exposed metal parts are aluminium, and the body has a black leatherette covering.
The camera has a fixed-focus meniscus lens, with no aperture adjustment, and a three-speed (plus 'B) everset shutter, on a telescoping lens tube. Dubois describes the top-plate controls. As well as the advance and rewind knobs, there is what seems to be a frame-counter dial. However, Dubois says this is simply the top of the screw that retains the base-plate of the camera (the camera loads through the base, like the Leica). There is a thumb-wheel which disengages the film-advance lock for loading and rewind, and a mushroom-shaped button which must be pressed after each exposure, to disengage the advance lock before winding on. There is no body shutter release.
There is a reverse-Galilean viewfinder mounted in a simply-machined aluminium block screwed to the top plate.
- Feig sold at Westlicht Photographica Auction, June 2017: several excellent pictures of the camera.
- This name is curious; Saint Vicente Ferrer is the patron saint of Valencia, and has a church (Iglesia) there, so it is tempting to suspect a misunderstanding. However, a patent (Patent 38848, Soporte perfeccionado para parabrisas (improved bracket for a motorcycle windshield) at Espacenet) was lodged by D. Vicente Ferrer Iglesias of Calle Arzobispo Fabian y Fuero no. 7, in the Godella district of Valencia, in 1953.
- Forum post about the Feig, with some pictures, at Collection Appareils.