Old Russian cameras

I love the old analog cameras! They are easy too use and the quality is great! There is a good opportunity for making your own ********b at home (when using b/w film).

I have got an old FED35A and my friend has an old genuine Zenit-E. I prefer the Zenit; it has some sort of light meter and I can see where the focus is. My FED has no battery (they do not produce sovjet batteries anymore) so it has no automatic function at all. I can not see the focusing or the ammount of light when I take the picture. I decided to try anyway and bought a b/w film. I will report the results!

PS: Try this instruction for a matchbox pinhole! Great fun!


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August 31, 2007


i Have become fond of russian cameras myself. I used to have a lomo LCA. its ok for snapshots but not much else. I recently acquired a Fed5b. I really like is manual setting. I screw in a cable release and get some nice long exposure shots. I also like how this camera doesnt need batteries. though its very limiting, I have been using this camera moreso than my digital ones...

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