FED 5 is a Soviet rangefinder camera, one of the latest models from the FED camera series. In addition to the FED 5, there were also FED 5B and FED 5C cameras, each of which had its own small features.
The FED 5 was produced by Kharkov FED Engineering Association from 1977 to 1990 and replaced the FED 4 with a film advance lever. Like the previous model, the camera is made of metal and sheathed with a material similar to leatherette.
The FED 5 camera was equipped with an Industar-61 L/D 2.8/55. lens, which was designed according to the Tessar optical scheme. Thanks to the good optical design and the correct operation of the engineers, this lens gives sharp photographs with excellent color rendering. The camera has an M39 thread mount, standard for Soviet rangefinders, inherited from the first Leica cameras.
The camera had a film advance lever, which greatly facilitated the task of the photographer and accelerated the process of photographing. Like all previous models, the FED 5 was equipped with a curtain shutter inherited from Leica II with shutter speeds of 1s, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500 and B. An excellent range of shutter speeds, but we can say that a shutter speed of 1/1000 would make this range even better.
The camera was equipped with a light meter, which nevertheless does not function properly at this time, so it is better to use third-party light meters. All controls for this exposure meter are located in the upper left part of the camera.
The back cover is completely removable in the same way as in the FED 2, which is slightly more convenient than the Leica style bottom loading as in the first models. The FED 5 also has a hot shoe and a self-timer. The shutter button of the camera has a thread for shutter release cable.
The FED 5 is not a beautiful or elegant camera, but it does its job perfectly, and the Industar 61 L/D lens makes this camera an excellent tool in the photographer’s hands.