Among the list of Soviet analogue favorites is the FED rangefinder line, which eventually became known as Leica II clones. Let's take a look at the FED-5 in this installment of Lomopedia.
The 35mm rangefinder camera FED-5 is part of the FED rangefinder line manufactured by the factory of the same name in Kharkov, Ukraine. It was produced from 1977 to 1996 as an upgraded version of the FED-4, designed to look cleaner from the top. Changes such as a pop-up rewind knob in place of the thumb wheel, a hot shoe, and restyled meter rings and frame counter/film ISO reminder were also made.
Cocking lever: also winds the film, short stroke, retractable, on the right of the top plate
Frame counter: coupled with the cocking lever, advance type, auto-resets
Viewfinder: coupled viewfinder/rangefinder, w/ Diopter correction ring, around eyepiece
Exposure meter: uncoupled Selenium cell sensor, metering by a needle window on the top-plate
Exposure setting: Set the film speed on the large dial. Even though the speeds on the dial are in GOST, just set the ASA value; Point the camera to the scene you want to photograph; Look through the light meter window to see which number the needle indicates; Turn the light meter dial until the silver number underneath corresponds with the number from needle window; Read off the suitable shutter speed and aperture combinations and set the camera accordingly
Rewinding: a pop-up small chrome knob at the centre of the exposure / ASA setting dial, push and turn to left for pop-up
Self-timer: activates with a small knob above it
Flash: PC sync socket, flash sync up to 1/30s
Memory dial: on the knob of the cocking lever
Back cover: removable with the bottom plate, opens by two pop-up semi-circle levers on the bottom plate
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Before the end of 2014, my girlfriend took the plunge of purchasing a rangefinder camera from eBay as a late Christmas gift for me. Let me present to you: the Fed 5. The Fed 5 has been known as a copy of the Leica M3 rangefinder camera. It is inexpensive compared to Leica models. So what are my experiences of using the Fed 5? Read on to find out more.
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