Snapsh!ts – FED-2

Just some snaps from when I first got my FED-2 rangefinder (a type C2 if I identified it correctly) with a 52mm Industar (Индустар) 26M, which is both sharp & has a surprisingly large number of aperture blades for a ‘standard’ prime.

I think these were all on Ilford FP4 which I’ve had in the fridge for years after seeing it cheap in Boots & buying it all up. I was impressed how sharp this one came out, it probably would’ve come out even better if I had a better scanner.

The lens is coated, but it doesn’t handle flare reduction quite as well as modern Japanese coatings…

125 speed film inside with a f2.8 is just about doable, it seems.

Servicing lenses

There’s nothing like completely dismantling 1950’s Soviet lenses for servicing to relax on a Tuesday night! I’ve already done this to a 1959 Индустар-26M to clean off the old tractor grease that had begun to turn solid & replace it with some nice new white lithium grease, but tonight’s Индустар-50 was the first time that I’ve actually dismantled the optics & cleaned each individual element.

The rings are soaking in a certain soft drink over night to clean them up nicely ;)