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This little baby cost me $25 on ebay. It's a great almost-point-and-shoot camera for lower speed films, and a fantastic alternative to an LC-A if the $100-$250 is a little steep for you. It's a little larger than an LC-A, but the freedom of the battery-less selenium light meter more than makes up for that!

Photo by: slorenzi

FED 50 is a robust little guy, the body is mostly metal. It has an Industar 81 lens with a focal length of 38mm and 46mm filter threads. The maximum aperture is f/2.8, the minimum f/16. Shutter speeds range from 1/30s-1/660s, it has a bulb setting and a hot shoe. Focusing is done by estimating the distance and turning the focus ring. You can set it to film speeds from 16 to 400 iso – I generally keep my FED 50 loaded with slow film and my LOMO LC-A+ with fast, that way I’m ready for any situation the world can throw at me.

It does have a few idiosyncrasies: On the “A” setting aperture and shutter speeds are automatically selected by the light meter – but only up to f/14. On the manual setting the camera always fires at 1/30s., and on the “B” setting the camera always fires with an aperture of f/2.8. Also, the light meter only works on the automatic setting. These things don’t make much sense, and keep the camera from being truly useful as a manual camera – however, if you’re using the automatic setting, it really doesn’t affect you much. I tend to just grab a different camera if I feel like going manual..

Some say the Industar 81 is a “better” lens than the Minitar 1 on an LC-A, but when it comes to camera lenses I’m always a bit wary of those kinds of statements. At the best of times it’s very subjective, and it always depends on what kind of look you prefer in the end – i.e. a single coated lens is “bad” because it produces lens flare, but what if you like lens flare? A plastic lens is “bad” because it lacks sharpness, but what if you want a dreamy, unfocused look? Lenses that produce vignetting are “bad”, but what if you like vignetting?

Those of you that know me, know I have an affinity for odd and very old film, hence the beat up look of some of the gallery pictures. Those pics are what happens when you put a 14-year-old roll of Ektachrome EPP and a 16-year-old roll of Orwocolor NC21 through a camera.

All in all, this is one of my more likeable cameras, one I always keep loaded with film.

Sources: Manual, FED 50 @ Camerapedia

written by eggzakly

9 comments

  1. herbert-4

    herbert-4

    Cool camera, nice review and gallery!! My favorite FED is the FED 2. It's the right size and shape and utterly reliable.

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  2. wuxiong

    wuxiong

    Interesting camera and beautiful pics::))

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  3. adi_totp

    adi_totp

    woooow! I don't know anything about this camera.. great review :D
    thanks for sharing!

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  4. eggzakly

    eggzakly

    Thanks guys! :D I think it's a bit of a shame the lens cap is on in the picture of the camera, through, that way you can't see the selenium light meter...

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  5. cyan-shine

    cyan-shine

    Great review, I'm really intrigued :D And great pictures :D

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  6. superlighter

    superlighter

    WOW!! terrific gallery! I love this camera, I have one and it's a pity I didn't use it more often! http://bit.ly/a0um9P here it is one of my fed50 albums

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  7. stouf

    stouf

    Stunning shots and very interesting camera !

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  8. titidvivant

    titidvivant

    Good review, i knew there were some quirks with her, just wondering what! I think i need a good lil' auto cam

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  9. phantomphoenixphotos

    phantomphoenixphotos

    Can this camera do multiple-exposures? :)

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