View Full Version : Help, shutter won't cock in one stroke on Fed 5C

02-06-2005, 17:06

I have a Fed 5C which is nice otherwise but has uneven frame spacing. Especially at the beginning of a roll I'll advance the film lever and it won't engage. It gets to the end of the throw and the shutter doesn't cock. So I have to do a two-stroke to cock the shutter. I end up with long gaps between frames. Is there anything I can try to fix it?

Of course with no film in the camera it advances correctly, the shutter cocks with one stroke every time.

02-06-2005, 20:45
I wish I could help if I knew how. I am sure one of the guys will answer soon:)

02-07-2005, 02:37
while I don't know what's going on with your Fed, why don't you ask here:
- you'll find quite a few experts for repairing Russian cameras there.

02-07-2005, 06:11
The wind gearing on Fed's depends on friction between two plates. Probably why it is called a "clutch". You may have too much resistance coming from the rewind shaft. That drags on the winding clutch and makes it slip.

I suggest you check the rewind shaft for resistance. It could also be bent. You may have to remove it and lubricate it with some lithium grease (Lubriplate).


02-07-2005, 17:35
Thanks Roman, I posted the question on beststuff.com. Paul, I'll check out the rewind shaft, thanks.

02-07-2005, 17:58
I think it's either the shaft that goes into the film canister when you load it into the camera, or he is talking about the collar you push to initiate the rewinding process?

my money's on the first. twist it and see if it is too tight.

....oh you editted it away - guess you found the rewind shaft....

02-07-2005, 19:38
THaNkS oOdanoOo, I googled "rewind shaft" and it seems to be the thing that goes in the film canaster as you say! I edited it out because it seemed like something I should know ;)

02-07-2005, 19:43
hehe - no worries