Well, I've gone and done it. Bought myself my first FSU RF last night. It's a fair condition Fed 2B (I think). I'm planning on using this as a "daylight" camera with the Sunny 16 rule and equivalent exposures. I have one of those nifty little light meter apps on my iPhone so I can always resort to that should I choose to use the thing indoors or something. I chose this camera because I wanted a no-frills, no-electronics, point and shoot of sorts. I plan to add some more M39 lenses - specifically something wide with a hotshoe VF like the Skopar 25/4 or similar and a portrait-length lens as well. I'll probably stick with the kit lens for a while, though, until I get the hang of it. I've never shot an FSU camera before although there is one at my house. It's my wife's FED 5B in snakeskin covering, but it's got a really quirky feel to the film advance (too tight) and I don't remember exactly but when she tried loading film, the advance lever felt like it was catching on something and she didn't want to ruin it so we shelfed it.
Anyway... Here we are a couple of years later and I'm trying my hand at another FSU camera. I paid a little more than I should have on this one, but it's from the US and has been tested and works so I don't have to worry about the long, long boat ride from Russia just to find out I got a dud.
This is the seller's image from the eBay auction (I'll get some more proper photos when I get it):
I can't quite tell from the photo, but from the limited research I've done, it looks like the lens is an Industar-61. I may be wrong here. If so, please correct me.
Anyway, I read through the guides in the Sticky section here and I think I have all the information I need to make a good first stab at FSU photography. I'll let you guys know what I come up with. Might be a flop, might be great. Either way, you guys get a show and that's worth sticking around for, right?
Looking forward to playing with it. Thanks for all of the insight and help here on the forum.
Ultimately, Photography is subversive, not when it frightens, repels, or even stigmatizes, but when it is pensive, when it thinks. --from Camera Lucida, Roland Barthes
Cameras: Canon 5D2/5Dc | Ricoh GXR