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I got back the first roll from a Fed 5C bought from lkgroup, wanted to post a couple of pictures. Some minor problems with film slippage and vignetting, I say minor because I think it was a matter of me getting the hang of the film advance. Also a little stray fluff around the shutter, but another note here on RFF alerted me to the problem. I like the lens, an Industar L/D 50mm.
Vignetting on left and stray fabric upper right:
This one came out okay, I think it's a good camera. I trimmed the stray fibers around the shutter and I'm practicing advancing the film smoothly ;)
Last one - this is what I call vignetting :mad:
I donīt know why itīs the Jupiter 8 more popular (maybe Iīm being heretic), than the Industar. I read itīs a sharper lense.
I have one on my Zorki 4 and I like it better than the Jupiter 8.
Did you use the camera meter?
Well, about Industar 61 vs. Jupiter 8 - that's a matter of taste and subject: the J-8 with its low contrast and smooth bokeh rules for portraits, and the I-61 with its extreme contrast and biting sharpness is better for general stuff like landscape and architecture.
PS. That might not be vignetting, but shutter capping...
Agree that looks like shutter capping, anyway I love that last image, hope you don't mind me uploading a quick PS b&w conversion...
Looks like shutter capping to me. I've seen this on a Leica at faster shutter speeds, but not at lower ones 1/30 or less. It would probably cost more to adjust the shutter than the camera is worth at market prices. I have a 5B with the same lens and it does not vignette on the Fed or my Bessa T.
I had a similar problem on my Zorki 4, at low speeds the shutter didnīt run all the way. I opened the camera and cleaned the dust, puted some oil and shot several photos without film at different speeds until the shutter worked fine.
Oscar no problem, I like the b&w.
Matu, yes that's the built-in selenium meter. Seems to be very responsive.
Shutter capping - I learn something new every day! It was acting very funny, slipping, one stroke wasn't advancing it as it should, etc. So maybe I can iron the bugs out with use. If not I've still got the lens :)
Which shutter speed did you use when you got capping?
My FED 3 caps(?) at 1/500 but not (as far as I have seen) at slower speeds. From what I have read, cleaning and relubrication might remedy this problem.
A fast and cheap(?) way to check that the shutter times are approximately right is to use the camera (without its back) as an extra shutter in front of a DSLR or other digital camera (set to a "too long" exposure).
Check out http://jay.fedka.com/index_files/Page389.htm
for a good discussion of these Fed/Zorki shutter issues.
It seems that 1/500 is the problem, maybe some problem at 1/250 too. But I'd need to test it. I held it to a light and clicked at 1/500, saw a problem. But was asked by the wife to stop that racket before I tested 1/250 :)
It would make sense that the two curtains would have a harder time synchronizing at higher speeds.
Since the Fed standard lens is 2.8, I intend to mainly use this camera for outdoors shooting, although I did come up with a very nice shot of my Uncle Bill's wife indoors at her party using Fuji 800 film.
200 ASA at 1/200th using the Sunny 16 rule for a Fed makes sense to me.
I just got an Industar 61L/D. Will see how it compares to the 26M. I don't like the look of the 61 on a Fed 2, I must say. Why couldn't they have made a metal 61?
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