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A FED 5c - a doubtful classic.

Discussion in 'Classic Models & Marques' started by John Farrell, Jul 14, 2021.

  1. John Farrell

    John Farrell Well-Known Member

    I paid $40 for this, on a local online auction. The seller described it as "looks unused", and it does. This could be because the rangefinder doesn't work, and occasionally something locks the wind lever - probably a loose part from the rangefinder...
    The lens looks clean, but the focus threads are dry. The camera also came with a reloadable film cassette, branded "FED", which looks like a cheap clone of the "Kalt" cassette.
    The manual has a warranty page, which gives the camera's serial number, and production date - 1996 - the last year of production.

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  2. John Farrell

    John Farrell Well-Known Member

    The broken part - the arm from inside the rangefinder, which transmits the lens movement. The end piece was loose inside the camera top.
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    I'll have to see if I can glue it together, and reinforce it.
     
  3. steveandthedogs

    steveandthedogs Well-Known Member

    Ouch.

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  4. zx9r

    zx9r Well-Known Member

    The broken part, is it plastic or cast metal? I am just wondering how you are thinking of glueing it or would you be better raiding a scrap camera for parts?
     
  5. John Farrell

    John Farrell Well-Known Member

    It's metal - of a sort. It's been suggested I use JB Weld to glue it. I will also add a couple of thin brass splints on the arm.
     
  6. Terrywoodenpic

    Terrywoodenpic Well-Known Member

    You could make a new one out of brass. As it has an adjusting screw not much about it is critical.
     
  7. zx9r

    zx9r Well-Known Member

    ^^^^^^^^ perhaps drill and pin it before attempting to glue it.
    ^^^^^ Probably a better idea.
     
  8. John Farrell

    John Farrell Well-Known Member

    Today, I made up a "splint" of brass sheet, to attempt to glue the rangefinder arm together.

    The brass sheet set up, so I can turn the edge 90 degrees.
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    The "splint", and the rangefinder arm parts, sanded and degreased.
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    I used JB Weld, an epoxy glue - the arm clamped up, waiting for the epoxy to cure.
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    This splint is fitted on the top side, and front edge of the arm. If todays effort has been satisfactory, I will glue another strip of brass on the bottom side.
     
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  9. John Farrell

    John Farrell Well-Known Member

    I now have a working FED, after a little engineering. I didn't get the 2 pieces of the rangefinder arm pushed fully together, when I glued them - there was a 0.5mm gap. This meant that the screw on the end of the arm didn't bear correctly on the operating cam. I hunted through my supply of assorted parts, and found a top hat shaped bush, which fit the end of the screw perfectly - you can see this just above the red screw head in the picture.
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  10. gray1720

    gray1720 Well-Known Member

    Very neat! I must admit, I'd no idea they lasted until 1996 - I can't imagine many were being sold by then. If they'd made it another 20 years, they could have flogged them to all the hipsters...
     
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  11. John Farrell

    John Farrell Well-Known Member

    There are still sellers online with what are claimed to be new and unused FED 5c cameras.
     
  12. John Farrell

    John Farrell Well-Known Member

    Between the pages of the manual which cme with the FED, were 2 short lengths of negative, presumably to show what could be done with the camera. I've scanned them...
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  13. zx9r

    zx9r Well-Known Member

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  14. gray1720

    gray1720 Well-Known Member

    Intriguing - the first three could be almost anytime, but the last one has a Skoda Favorit estate in it, produced 1987-1995, which would fit nicely with the date you reckon it was manufactured.
     
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