The Fed 5!


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For more than 20 years, I had been looking for a mechanical camera (WITHOUT batteries!). Having heard about the Fed 5 from “The Photographers’ Gallery”, in London, I went to England to buy it. I like the FED 5 so much because it’s a very strong camera: you can take photos on the beach, the mountain, in very cold places or in very hot ones. You just have to make sure there’s film in it. I like to listen to “her” mechanical song when she’s shooting. And, of course, there’s the 80´s design – no plastic, just metal with metal. So what are the Fed 5’s best features? The range of speeds; you can do everything with all the speeds, but I like the “B”. The metering system is great. Whether the aperture is small or large, the Fed 5 achieves amazing depth of focus. You can even approximate the distance by looking at its scale (don’t think, just shoot!!)

  • Selenium light meter.
  • Remarkable contrast, resolution and sharpness due to multi-elemented ‘Industrar 61’ lens
  • Amber coated lens minimizes undesirable flare.
  • Shutter speeds from 0.3-500/sec To infinity
  • Long-exposure function, plus Hotshoe feature.

- jaalvarez

written by pan_dre on 2008-08-06 #gear #russian #rangefinder #review #fed-5


  1. tamararama
    tamararama ·

    i love my dear dear fed.
    she is so pretty. :]
    she also came with an inscription in russian from father to daughter.
    it was some girls 20/21 birthday gift!! :D
    i need to shoot with her more :D

  2. superlighter
    superlighter ·

    it's time to blow out the dust from my Fed 5b
    cool gallery and review

  3. clairethomey
    clairethomey ·

    Your gallery is inspirational. I'll have to tote my Fed out of my MINI Cooper and take it for a whirl!

  4. jaalvarez
    jaalvarez ·

    Now, I´m "working very hard", making a lot of "scientific" experiments, to make a pinhole to my FED5. I suposse that it will be done soon !!!!

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