The FED 50 Automat (ФЭД-50 Автомат in Cyrillic) is a 35mm film viewfinder camera with fixed lens made by the Ukrainian factory FED. It was produced from 1986 to 1996 and 107,530 units were made.

FED-50 belongs to the Mikron series [1] There are 3 types and 2 sub-types. [2]


The lens is the "Industar 81", with focal length of 38mm, maximum aperture of f2.8 and minimum aperture of f16, accepting 46mm screw-in filters. It has a selenium meter which automatically selects shutter speed and aperture for the exposure to be correct. The meter is located around the lens and when the lens cap is on, it prevents firing. In the manual mode, the camera will fire always using the 1/30s shutter speed, allowing the photographer to choose any aperture from f2.8 to f16. When bulb (B) is selected, on the other hand, the camera will be fixed in the f2.8 lens aperture. In automatic mode, the camera will choose the both aperture and shutter speed, from 1/30s to 1/650s and aperture from f2.8 to f14. It has a hot shoe.

The body is mostly built in metal, except for some minor parts which are plastic. Over the body it received a cover in vinyl. According to the user's manual, the camera comes with shoulder strap, magazine, lens cap, flash lamp clip stopper, lens hood, soft case, packing box and manual of use.

Some curiosities of this camera:

  • It has a distance focus reminder in the viewfinder, which moves when you turn the focus ring, showing with some graphics the distance. In the same way it has a vertical pointer in the right side of the viewfinder which shows the settings chosen by the meter;
  • Unlike many other compact cameras, the frame in the finder is projected (hence the grey window beside it), which makes it very easy to read;
  • Since it has a selenium meter, it doesn't need any batteries;
  • It has a film wind lever which needs just an approximately 120 degrees turn to wind the film.

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Mikron series: FED-35, FED-35A, FED-50, FED Boy Stereo, FED Mikron, FED Mikron-2, FED Stereo, FED Stereo-M (As to Alexander Komarov [1])
  2. Typing and some info as to Alexander Komarov


FED cameras
Rangefinder FED | FED-1 | FED NKVD | FED-S | FED-2 | FED-3 | FED-4 | FED-5 | FED-5s | FED-5v | FED-6 TTL | FED-10 | FED-11 Atlas | FED-35 | FED-35A | FED Mikron-2 | TSVVS

Viewfinder FED Zarya | FED Mikron | FED 50

Stereo FED Boy Stereo | FED Stereo | FED Stereo-M

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