The FED essay

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  1. Denis P.

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    I've prepared a whole essay on the adventure of buying, testing, dismantling, repairing and putting back together a FED 2 I bought about a week ago.

    The essay is here: FED 2 Adventures

    Hope you like it - lots of photos, some flea market shots, and a FED which kicked the bucket ;-)

    Anyway, there's about 1MB of photos, but I hope it's worth it.

    Regards,

    Denis
     
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    Denis,
    Thanks for a very interesting article. Always enjoy reading about people and places, other then what I'm used to in my daily life.
     
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    Yeah, thanks!

    But now I find myself with an unquenchable desire to visit a Croatian Flea Market. I wonder how much flights are...Do you have a spare bedroom? Couch? ;-)

    Joe
     
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    I don't think you could buy enough FEDs or Zorkis to cover the travel expenses :smile:)

    However, anyone visiting these parts is always welcome - and yes, there's plenty of room for visitor(s). And I also have a darkroom - rather small, but still a darkroom.
    And plenty of analog gear to exercise - I could really use some help, I can't rotate between all the camers fast enough to give them all a monthly "click-click" :smile:)
    Or a "kerr-chunkkk" for some of them ;-)

    No, there are really not so many (only about 15) - it's more due to lack of spare time to exercise them all.
     
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    Just as a sidenote: people on Photo.net complained about slow access to the page, so I mirrored it on another server (in the USA), so the other one here should be faster. Some other stuff there, too. Just follow the link to "FED 2: an essay".

    Denis
     
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    Very enjoyable essay. Got any more?
     
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    The essay

    No, not really. It's my first try at photo journalism (of a kind).
    Just wanted to give back something to the (RF/tinkerer) community, hoping it would be an enjoyable read.
    However, with more feedback like yours, there may soon be more :smile:))

    Also, the new scanner I got recently helps. ;-)

    I just need to get familiar with Photoshop and/or Gimp.

    Thanks,

    Denis
     
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    I enjoyed the essay very much. I tinker with rangefinders too (with varying degrees of success). I see you also use double sided tape to hold and identify the parts as they are removed. Taking photos as you go helps too.

    I have cable modem and it did take a while to load all the photos, but it was well worth the wait!

    Thanks again for an interesting story.

    Regards,
    John
     
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    Thanks very much Dennis, I enjoyed it very much! Well Done!!

    I have a collection of FEDs and I also repair/tinker with them.

    The FED 2s are one of my favorites because of their long base rangefinder. There were several models of the FED2 and I believe that I have all (or most) of them. There was a lot of model number crossover (and not just with the FEDs). For example, I have a FED 2 that looks identical to a short base rangefinder FED 3. Configuration control (and quality control) did not seem to be very important to the FSU camera industry's commissars.