Overview of the camera specifically for Radozhiva prepared Boris Timofeenko.
The FED 5 is one of my favorite cameras. A descendant of the German "Leica", although it is less technically perfect than "Kiev" (a lens with less aperture, a smaller range of shutter speeds), but still he has some charm.
FED is a device for thoughtful shooting. This is facilitated by the absence of any automation, except for a selenium exposure meter, and a lens with not too high aperture (f / 2.8).
The park of available lenses for this camera is very modest, and most of it is made up of Industar lenses with similar characteristics. In this review I will consider “FED” and “Industar” inseparably from each other.
On my copy is the “Industar-61L / D” lens. This 55mm prime has the ability to adjust the aperture from f / 2.8 to f / 16. I love the killer sharpness of this lens in the center with minimal distortion on the sides, even at open aperture. This sharpness is very artistic when combined with the characteristics of the film (colors, grain), which can produce amazing pictures. Lens vignetting is weak and will not be noticeable on digital cameras with a crop sensor. The aperture blades are circular at f / 2.8 and f / 4, turning into a regular hexagon at other values. The bokeh is absolutely not distorted: it does not twist (unlike Helios 44-M), the light sources look like regular hexagons or circles. The lens holds back light well, maintains good contrast, and at the same time often presents very beautiful "spots" of light. In my experience, this lens is well suited for various types of photography, from portrait to subject: with impressive sharpness and minimal distortion, the images are very pleasing to the eye, artistic. In terms of ease of use, the lens disappointed with a tight focusing ring (sometimes the entire lens is scrolled when scrolling).
The ergonomics of the camera is unique. Weighing about a kilogram, the “Fedya” is made of very high quality, with almost complete absence of plastic parts. In the hands lies confidently and comfortably, with easy access to the controls. You can't wear the device for a long time on your neck in a case: it outweighs. The workmanship is excellent: the minimum number of plastic parts, a reliable shutter. Due to the absence of a mirror, you can take shots at shutter speeds of 1/30 and even 1/15 from your hands (however, the latter are not always obtained).
The viewfinder of the camera is dark and small, not too wide rangefinder base. Using such a viewfinder, and especially focusing, is quite inconvenient. It is almost impossible to focus in the dark (for example, in a concert): the focus circle is simply not visible in the viewfinder!
There is no electronics in the camera, so there is no battery in it (unlike, for example, Zeniths). There is a mechanical self-timer and a selenium exposure meter that has degraded over decades. The shutter speed calculator is located on the upper part, which makes it possible to calculate the light pair according to the readings of the light meter. On the shutter rewind lever there is an indicator of the number of frames and type of film. Convenient thing! There is a sync contact and a hot shoe, you can connect a flash (however, I have not tried). Flash sync only shutter speed 1/30 sec
Now, let's look at some of the shots that I got on this camera. Kodak ColorPlus 200, ISO 200 color film and A-125, ISO 125 black and white film:
In conclusion, I will say that I fell in love with this camera. At one time, “Fedya” motivated me to study photography: due to the lack of automatic modes, I had to study the materiel before going out and taking pictures of everything. Yes, ergonomics are imperfect, but with the proper skill, you can get great shots. However, the scope of the camera is limited: "FED" is suitable only for thoughtful shooting in good lighting conditions. Even shooting with a flash, for example, night activities will be extremely problematic.