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Happy Birthday to Me!

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Hambone Lewinski is a group administrator Hambone Lewinski says:

...Yesterday. I was gifted a CLA'd Fed 2 by my family, similar to this one:
flickr.com/photos/puqing/1330703276/

And a collapsible Fed 50mm lens. For those who aren't aware, the Fed cameras were Leica III knock-offs from the USSR. I am pleasantly surprised by what a sturdy and tiny camera it is. Of course, it isn't a Leica, but it takes Leica thread mount lenses (which I can still use when I upgrade bodies), and has a very usable rangefinder with a wide baseline.

For my next trick I will get me a one of these in an LTM mount:
img.thefind.com/images/TAD7fPngz2kM0xjYWBkYUnNSk0uK8vMyk4...

(35mm f/2.5 Voigtlander Color Skopar, ebays between $150 and $250)

Jason
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Buttonhead says:

Congrats and Happy Birthday!
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Shawn Thompson - Lake Superior Photographer is a group administrator Shawn Thompson - Lake Superior Photographer says:

Then you and Kip can be duelling Rangefinder Dudes.
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K. Praslowicz is a group administrator K. Praslowicz says:

His is David.

Mine is Goliath.

My Speed Graphic & I

Who shall win?
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Hambone Lewinski is a group administrator Hambone Lewinski says:

Well, I'm not pretending that you can compare an M3 and a Fed 2. The way I see it, the Fed 2 is a light-tight box with a decent rangefinder on it that you can screw some good lenses onto.

As for the Speed Graphic... well... that is simply used in a totally different sort of way! Apples to Oranges, IMO.

Jason
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K. Praslowicz is a group administrator K. Praslowicz says:

Suprisingly, I actually use pretty much the same shooting technique between the Speed & My Leica. They're both rangefinders, and I thus, I approach using them in pretty much the same way.
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Barrett is a group administrator Barrett says:

Funny ... I just won a Fed 2 on eBay. I came across an article about them on a website awhile back and was fascinated. The price was definitely right, so I thought I'd give it a try.
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K. Praslowicz is a group administrator K. Praslowicz says:

You all know that those Russian cameras are really homing beacons for the warheads in the Russian subs that have been underwater in the Lake superior harbor since the 1950s.

Just a heads up.
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Hambone Lewinski is a group administrator Hambone Lewinski says:

I think you'll be pleased. It's tiny, but dense. The shutter release is in an odd place, and the why I prefer to hold my camera I cover the rangefinder window with my finger... but I can adjust to that. Make SURE that you follow the holy rule of FSU rangefinders -- don't adjust the shutter speed until after you cock the shutter.

I need to get a hotshoe --> PC sync cable.

What lens did you get with yours?

Jason
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Barrett is a group administrator Barrett says:

Industar-26M (Carl Zeiss Tessar copy)
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Hambone Lewinski is a group administrator Hambone Lewinski says:

A couple examples from my Fed 2:

Lauren at Dinner

Stairs at Scholastica

Me

Jason
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JustinSinks is a group administrator JustinSinks says:

Sweet! And happy birthday man!
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waphoto is a group moderator waphoto says:

weird spot for the rangefinder...now you have to get into russian cameras, get a kiev and a photosniper and you will be set :P keep an eye out for some good voigtlander lenses such as the 40mm 1.4 what are the frame lines for on the fed2?
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Hambone Lewinski is a group administrator Hambone Lewinski says:

The rangefinder is in a sort of weird spot, but ultimately to my advantage. I have terrible eyesight, and the wider the rangefinder base, the easier it is to focus. IMO, it is much easier to focus than my electro 35.

"what are the frame lines for on the fed2?"

Framelines are sort of its weak point. Because they're are none. The full finder is a hair more than 50mm; you could probably make a good guesstimate of 35mm. For long focal lengths, you'll need an accessory finder for sure.

Jason
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waphoto is a group moderator waphoto says:

uh oh, sounds pretty sketch... thats the nice thing on the voigtlanders they have a little switch to change the finder to the lines you want, its pretty cool
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N. Lindstrom Photo is a group administrator N. Lindstrom Photo says:

Oh hey, Happy Birthday! Nice new camera as well.
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Hambone Lewinski is a group administrator Hambone Lewinski says:

Well, it's not as nice as a voigtlander. I mean, this body was $65 CLA'd. It has no meter. It's just a body with a decent rangefinder to put LTM lenses on until I get myself into something a bit nicer, like an R4M.

The difference that better gear will make in my ability to shoot good photos is minuscule. With a Leica or Voigtlander, I could focus a bit better and have a better estimation of what I am shooting (that is, FOV)... but the difference is not world changing.

Jason
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waphoto is a group moderator waphoto says:

Not to mention not having to lug a meter around wherever you go unless you want to rely on the old sunny f/16...
:P
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Hambone Lewinski is a group administrator Hambone Lewinski says:

"Not to mention not having to lug a meter around wherever you go unless you want to rely on the old sunny f/16..."

I actually look at this in an opposite but equal sort of way -- if I am not good enough at taking one meter reading as a baseline and judging my exposure for the next 1/2 hour from there, I need to improve my exposure judging ability. Carrying a meter is not a hassle for me... I often carry a meter even when I'm shooting an SLR.

Jason
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waphoto is a group moderator waphoto says:

Touche!
I use the one in my camera as a guideline, I tend to spot meter on important stuff, use the film latitude to my advantage, and figure out what I want to do with it with the information that I have.
Thats very cool though, I respect that.
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Hambone Lewinski is a group administrator Hambone Lewinski says:

It's just a different kind of shooting. You would be nuts to shoot a lot of stuff unmetered; sports, tricky indoor light, etc. For those situations, however, I feel like a rangefinder might not be the best tool for the job. I won't be selling my SLRs anytime soon -- in fact, as soon as I have the cash I will be getting my Spotmatic in for a CLA and meter adjustment!

Jason
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