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Aurora Automat camera review

Aurora is an export version of the Sokol-Avtomat rangefinder camera.

The Sokol line is interesting, technically complex and functional cameras. For the photo industry of the USSR in the 60-70s, the Falcons were, without exaggeration, breakthrough cameras.
I already have the following reviews:
- Falcon-Automatic. Early, 1967, No. 001458. This review details the history of the Sokol line.
- Falcon-2. 1983, No. 8311198. Here, the work of automation is described in more detail, which is the same in the entire line.

In this review, I will not repeat the historical block. If you are interested in the topic, I recommend going to both links. The material is interesting.

As for Aurora specifically.

The Sokol line initially had great export potential. Even so: The export potential was greater than the potential for the domestic market.

The devices were advanced, but quite expensive. 145 rubles in 1966, according to, is more than the monthly salary of a Soviet engineer, as they say.

Zorkiy-4 with Jupiter-8 cost 47 rubles in the 60s, that is, almost three times cheaper.

At the same time, the benefits that the user received are more pleasant than necessary. The Falcon is a device in a significant part fashion.

But in the USSR, not many people were willing to pay for an image. Demand for Falcons abroad was higher than local.

Aurora (Aurora Automat), as already mentioned, is the export name of the Falcon-automatic.

There was another export alias - Revue Auto RS. In addition, the name of Sokol could simply be applied in Latin - Sokol. Such options could also be exported.

Aurora, like Sokol, also has several modifications, because export lots were created throughout the release.

In particular, the earliest Aurora had 6 light receiver eyes. Photo from Other differences are less noticeable and we will not dwell on them.

Now Aurora is a rather rare device. From a technical point of view, he is no more interesting than any Falcon that is often found. Harder to find the correct one.

But for the collection specifically, Aurora is not easy to find.

In the review, the apparatus of 1969 is in good condition with three eyes. According to classification, this is PK5765. Camera number 6903158.

Aurora Automat Camera
Aurora was produced at LOMO from 1966 to 1978 as part of the export batches of Sokol-Avtomat devices. The numbering was continuous, how many Aurors were released is unknown.

The Sokol-2 model had no options with the name Aurora.

The device is a rangefinder.

It has a so-called five-program automatic exposure control with shutter priority.

The shutter is central, between the lenses. Beats shutter speeds 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500 and V.

How Aurora automation works and how exposure is reflected in the viewfinder, I recommend reading in the Sokol-2 review. Compared with this model, there is no difference, we will not repeat.

The lens is a non-removable Industar-70 2.8 / 50. The lens is made according to the Tessar scheme (Carl Zeiss) - four lenses in three groups.

There is information that the objective lenses are made of lanthanum glass.

The aperture limit is f16.

The device is equipped with a "cold" bracket for flashes. Synchronization is wired, for two types of flashes - magnesium and electronic.

Self-timer - absent.

The weight of my copy is 795 grams.


Aurora Automat is a large and weighty device. The design of the case is worked out in detail and is not devoid of style. The device lies comfortably in the hands.

In front, the entire upper part of the case is occupied by a decorative frame (not the same height), which covers the front window of the viewfinder, a light receiver for forming luminous frames, a rangefinder window, the area in which the name is applied.

The base of the rangefinder is quite wide - 67 mm.

To the right of the lens is an unusually shaped large narrow shutter button with a long vertical stroke.

The descent of the device is soft, but for me, such a realization of the descent is traditionally inconvenient. The key is placed too low and has too long a stroke.

Around the objective lens is a film speed selector ring. The window with the selected value is at the bottom of the front end of the lens. We have an export version - a scale in ASA units.

Above the lens is the main distinguishing feature of the Sokol series - the eyes of the light detectors of the exposure metering system. In this case, there are 3 of them. Earlier versions had 6 eyes.

Interestingly, with any number of eyes, the photoresistor was in any case only behind one of them. The rest are decoration.

Behind are:
— a large rectangular viewfinder eyepiece in a black frame;
- metal foot of the shutter cocking and frame broach;
- round sliding key of the battery expiration control system.

The Aurora has a good viewfinder, large and bright. Glowing framing frames in the field of view.

Parallax compensation is automatic. This means that when focusing, the frames in the viewfinder move so that their shift compensates for the parallax for each specific distance.

The viewfinder spot has a rectangular shape and is clearly defined, although not large in area. Focus comfortably.

The main highlight of the Aurora viewfinder is, of course, the display of the exposure pair.

How it all works and looks is described in detail in the Sokol-2 review.

From the bottom of the device from left to right are:
- protruding downward tripod socket with 1/4 inch thread;
- a small frame counter window in the form of a short arc;
- shutter release button for film rewind;

The large cylindrical part is even further to the right - nothing more than an additional reference point.

The lock of the back cover is located on the left side at the very bottom. To open the lock, you need to pull the bracket down. The cover of the device leans back on loops sideways.

At the same end on top is a rewind roulette.

On the top panel of the device are visible:
- "cold" bracket for flashes;
- round nest for trigger cables;
— a round screw cover of the battery compartment with a reminder of the type of film.

The device runs on one RC-53 battery. I have a separate article devoted to the topic of selecting a modern replacement for Soviet batteries.

Shutter speed and aperture control is carried out with the help of selector rings encircling the lens.


The rule is strict, if the shutter fails!

If the device is used in automatic mode, the aperture ring must be in position A.

With the shutter speed ring, we set the shutter speed recommended by the device, aim at the stage, half-press the shutter release, control the exposure couple.

If everything suits - press the descent to the end.

You can set the aperture to arbitrary. This should be done only with the shutter cocked, I repeat.

Apertures are switched using a leash on the bottom of the ring, and in order to remove the ring from position A, you need to additionally move a small lever on the lens towards the body. It's close to the shutter button. This is such a blocker from accidental switching.

Both rings switch with crisp clicks and clicks.

The ring on the lens, which is farthest from the body of the device, is responsible for focusing. The ring is equipped with a fairly wide knurling.

The distance scale is duplicated by values ​​in feet.

The designers did not forget about the depth of field scale.

The wire sync sockets are located on the cylindrical part of the lens base on the bottom right.

Attitude towards the camera

Aurora is no different from Sokol, and therefore, as a amateur photographer, she does not evoke any personal feelings for me.

However, for the collection it is a valuable acquisition. Quite by chance I saw the ad.

That's all I have

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