Fed 4 Rangefinder

5 Frames With A Fed 4 Russian Rangefinder – By Julian Higgs

This Fed 4 Rangefinder camera came into and out of my collection almost silently. My wife and I had travelled to Gloucestershire to visit family and took a walk into the lovely town of Nailsworth for lunch and a mooch. There are a number of up-cycle/charity shops there, which have now become places I visit looking for bargain books or camera gear… one day I’ll find that elusive, bargain Leica! 😉

On this occasion, I wandered happily between the charity shops looking for anything of interest. Sure enough, nestling at the back of the shop behind the counter, was a distinctive brown leather case. It had a tag saying, “Slow speeds not working. £10.00” next to it, a small plastic light meter for another £2.00. All seemed to be working! After a quick inspection and a few test releases, I took them both.

I had high hopes for the Fed with its LTM possibilities of interchangeable lenses. So I ran one roll through it, and compared the Industar lens with a borrowed Jupiter 8. I could see very little difference between them in practical terms. I’m sure lens tech heads would explain all the subtleties, but they seemed fairly similar to my eye.

I enjoyed our time together, and the experience of shooting with this little Russian beauty, but in the end it wasn’t the Fed, it was me. I had grown accustomed to the larger brighter viewfinders of my Olympus rangefinders and SLR’s. The meter was simple, but awkward in use and the shutter release was in just the wrong place, so shortly after aqquiring her, our time together ended.

Here are some of the results of that one roll of Fuji Superia 200. After that I let her go to a new home in Italy (via eBay) where I hope it’s being used and loved. Bon Voyage!

Walking with the grandchildren
Out for a walk with our Grandchildren
Our Granddaughter Amelie
Red Waggon wheel in front of fence
Waggon Wheel in my mothers garden
Industry 61 or Jupiter 8 image
Juptier 8 or Industar 61 image, not sure which, think Industar, colours less bright
Jupiter 8 or Industar 61 test image
Lens test with either Jupiter 8 or Industar 61, can’t remember again

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3 thoughts on “5 Frames With A Fed 4 Russian Rangefinder – By Julian Higgs”

  1. Unlike wives, which last a lifetime, there is no “perfect camera,” just a unending string of short relationships with the next pretty body. Looking at your nice pictures, any old camera will do, or like fish in the sea, another one will swim by soon if the one you have now is crap. Thanks for the memories!

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