FED 3 camer and Industar-61 53mm f/4.5 lens
FED 3 camera and Industar-61 53mm f/4.5 lens

I got back into film over the last couple of years, after 20+ years shooting digital, having been tempted by a job lot (or two!) of cameras at auction. My main targets were Ukranian FED cameras, the Soviet-era Leica copies, as well as some old medium format folding cameras.

My aim was to produce images that were very analogue in nature. It would have been easy to buy some well worn medium format gear, such as the Mamiya 645 that I used to shoot Velvia on, but that would have produced images too near to the travel material I currently shoot on my Nikon D850.

For me, shallow depth-of-field, soft frame edges and vignetting were the goal.

The vertical wheatfield shot was on the FED 3 from the 1960s or ’70s, with an Industar-61 53mm f/2.8, at f/2.8 or f/4. The soft feel and shallow depth of field was exactly what I was hoping for.

Next purchase, on eBay, was a Jupiter-12 35mm F/2.8 lens, directly from a Ukranian camera dealer. I mean, I couldn’t see myself shooting purely in the 50mm range! See below for a first test shot.

Now I’m hunting for the ultra-rare FED 28mm f/4.5. I’ll let you know when I find one!

Alan Copson ©

FED 3 and Jupiter-12 35mm f/4.5
FED 3 and Jupiter-12 35mm f/4.5



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