Fed 5B


Never mind the weight – it builds character and steadies your shots as well! The FED 5B is your perfect street shooting companion.

After a while in my Lomographic life, I craved something that gave me a little more control on the output. I wanted the freedom to tweak my depth of field, shutter speed and aperture but still wanted to retain and discreet and incognito nature of my trusty plastic cameras. The answer was to get a rangefinder and in my case, it was the Fed 5B

Once you hold it in your hands the first reaction you’ll get is that its heavy – really heavy. But while some may not like this, I appreciate it because this lends to its sturdiness and you’ll lose apprehension of it being fragile unlike plastic cameras. It is fitted with a sharp multi-element Industar 61 f/2.8 55mm lens to get you started. This is great as you can use the 2.8 aperture to get grate bokeh shots and f/16 for sweeping landscape images. Its lenses are also interchangeable so if you’re lucky enough to ahve some Leica lenses you can use them in the FED or you can buy other Russian lenses off the net for a relatively cheap price.

I like to use the FED for the second exposure in doubles so that I can control and tweak how I want the image to come out by varying the combination of the shutter speed and aperture. There is virtually no need to push/pull the film in a custom photo lab when you can do it in camera! Lastly, since no FED review is complete without this piece of advice: Don’t forget to wind before changing the shutter speed!

written by cruzron on 2009-05-29 #gear #rangefinder #review #green #fed-5b #organge

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  1. eyecon
    eyecon ·

    A real nice cam! I like it also a lot....

  2. stouf
    stouf ·

    Wow what a gallery ! The first is pure art !

  3. 7samurai
    7samurai ·

    Don’t forget to wind before changing the shutter speed!!!


  4. lomosexual_manboy
    lomosexual_manboy ·

    This is a great camera and a great gallery.

  5. cruzron
    cruzron ·

    thanks everyone! :)

  6. jeabzz
    jeabzz ·

    really cool, fed 5 is one of my favorite...the most beautiful i think ! so grooovy!

  7. jaalvarez
    jaalvarez ·

    Here again:
    All the things had a "negative" side.
    This camera ONLY has one:
    Don’t forget to wind before changing the shutter speed!
    Great camera, I think!
    Strong, This is not a 4x4, ... SHE is a 8x8!!!

  8. falsedigital
    falsedigital ·

    One of my favorite babies to use.

  9. xofari
    xofari ·

    How do you do the double exposures?

  10. bulletofmine
    bulletofmine ·

    how to make the double exposure using fed 5b?

  11. stickyvinny
    stickyvinny ·

    Awesome! :D

  12. gvelasco
    gvelasco ·

    Multiple exposures on the FED 5B are a little tricky. Take your first shot. Then, lock down the film release - the rewind collar around the shutter release. Now, turn the rewind know one and one quarter turns to back up a little more than one full frame. Now, advance the film until it stops. This will cause the film release to pop up, reset the shutter, and re-position the last frame you shot in place to shoot again.

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