FED, 50/3.5, Elmar Type, Chrome

(3 customer reviews)


FED, 50/3.5, Elmar Type, Chrome

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The FED 50mm collapsible lens design was “borrowed” from Leitz Elmar. This lens appeared first on the first FEDs in the 1930’s and is was also known as Industar-10. In the late 1940’s this design was handed over to the KMZ factory and the Industar-22 was born.

The FED 50/f:3.5 design and appearance stayed virtually unchanged for decades, but the optical parameters were constantly improving. Restitution increased, coating appeared in the early 1950’s. By the mid 1950’s the lens was “finalized”, and the later versions of the lens are sharp and contrasty, well suited for black and white and color

The FED is of the same quality as the Industar-22 and Industar-50, and it was made exclusively by the FED factory in Kharkov.

This lens is the later version, which offers the best optics and the best finish.

Technical Characteristics:

  • Focal length: 52 mm
  • Aperture:  1:3.5, settings from 3.5 to 16
  • Angle of Coverage: (35mm film) 45 deg
  • Focusing 1 m

Additional information

Weight 1 lbs

3 reviews for FED, 50/3.5, Elmar Type, Chrome

  1. Greg Urban

    I bought one of these lenses for use on a FED 3 and a Voigtlander Bessa R. One is not supposed to use collapsible lenses on a Bessa but I put two O-rings on the lens barrel to prevent it from collapsing too far into the Bessa body. Works great and TTL metering is fine. Yuri was a pleasure to deal with and this lens is a great performer.

  2. Darren Katin

    I bought this lens to go with my Fed-2, which I also bought from this site. I really like how this lens is collapsible, it makes the camera its mounted on a very pocketable camera.

    The lens is a stellar performer and gives great images with a very distinct look from the era it was made.

    I liked the small detail to attention when I bought the lens from Yuri, like the foam padding that was replaced on the back of collapsible section of the camera.

    Thanks a ton Yuri.

  3. Yi Wen

    Tested the lens (flat tab/spring version) on Leica IIIF and it focus properly at close distance.

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