Sokol Automat

sokol camera

The Sokol Automat is a Soviet rangefinder automatic camera manufactured at the Leningrad Optical and Mechanical Association (LOMO) from 1966 to 1978. This camera also had the names Revue Auto RS and Aurora Automat.

For the mid-60s, this was a very advanced camera, not only for the Soviet Union but for the whole world. If you often visit the pages of, you know the basic rule of the Soviet industry – this state was not able to create anything advanced and reliable. Due to its high cost and low reliability, the camera did not have much popularity.

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sokol automat camera

The Sokol Automat was designed for 35mm film with a frame size of 36×24 mm. The camera was equipped with a non-removable Industar-70 2,8/50 lens that was made of lanthanum glass and have a single layer coating. This lens, like most Industar lenses, was made based on the Tessar scheme.

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Focusing is done using a rangefinder with a base of 67 mm. This is actually a very good rangefinder base. Focusing range from 0.8 m to infinity.

The camera was equipped with a Copal Magic central shutter with shutter speeds of 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500 sec and B. A fairly good set of shutter speeds, but at that moment Kiev and Zorki 4 cameras had a much larger set of shutter speeds.

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The rewind button and frame counter are located on the bottom of the camera. When the back wall is opened, the frame counter is automatically reset. The rewind crank located on the side of the camera.

The Sokol camera has a cast aluminum alloy body. The camera looks very interesting, in the style of the 60s. The camera also has a cold shoe for attaching the flash and a connector for the shutter release cable.

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