Sokol 2 is a 35mm film rangefinder camera made by LOMO (Leningrad Optical-Mechanical Union = Ленинградское Oптико-Mеханическое Oбъединение, ЛОМО́), in Leningrad, former USSR. and produced between 1977-86. Сокол=Sokol means Falcon.

The only differences between Sokol-2 and Sokol-1 are the addition of a hot shoe and deletion of flash PC socket. The camera appears to operate without the battery but it does not operate correctly.

There are 4 types and 3 subtypes of the camera. [1]

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Specifications[edit | edit source]

  • Engraving on the top plate: made in USSR
  • Lens: Industar-70 (ИНДУСТАР) 50mm f/2.8 filter thread 55mm
  • Aperture: up to f/16
  • Setting:
    • Auto: set the aperture ring to A
    • Manual: press the small silver lever on the lens-shutter barrel, then turn the aperture ring with scale
  • Focus range: 0,8-10m +inf
  • Focusing: match the rangefinder images in the finder by ring on the lens-shutter barrel, w/ distance and DOF scales
  • Shutter: leaf shutter, speeds: 1/30 -1/500 +B ; Setting: ring and scale on the lens-shutter barrel
  • Shutter release: on front of the camera
  • Cable release socket: on the top plate
  • Cocking lever: also winds the film, long stroke, on the back of the camera
  • Frame counter: auto-reset, additive type, window on the bottom plate
  • Viewfinder: coupled bright frame viewfinder / rangefinder, w/ parallax correction lines
  • Exposure meter: three cells CdS meter, shutter priority automatic exposure controlled, meter windows on front of the lens
  • Film speed range: 16-250 ASA/GOST, setting: ring and window on front of the lens
  • Exposure setting:
    • Auto: set the aperture ring to A, in this mode shutter not works on inappropriate light conditions
    • Manual: there are 5 luminescent arrows in the finder, (you have to try combinations until the middle arrow shows ?)
  • Re-wind lever: on the left side of the camera
  • Re-wind release: on the bottom plate
  • Flash PC socket: none
  • Hot-shoe
  • Memory dial: on the top plate, as a cover for battery chamber
  • Self-timer: none
  • Back cover: hinged, opens by a latch on the left side of the camera
  • Engraving on the back of the top plate: LOMO logo
  • Tripod socket: ¼”
  • Strap lugs
  • Battery: one PX 625 1.5V
  • Battery chamber: on the top plate and opens by unscrewing the film reminder
  • Battery check: a small button on the back of the top plate, when depressed in Auto mode, 500/16 appears in the viewfinder thet means the battery is OK
  • Battery on/switch: none ??
  • Body: metal; Weight: 738g
  • Serial no. first two digits show the producing year; beneath the lens-shutter barrel

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