Another Bakelite beauty, the Lubitel 2 is pretty much identical to the original Lubitel, but with a few small changes.
Produced 1955 – 1980/Over two million units
Another Bakelite beauty, the Lubitel 2 is pretty much identical to the original Lubitel, but with a few small changes. A gentleman by the name of G. Barkovski, is credited with the creation of this “upgrade.” Most notably, the camera now featured a self-timer and flash sync. It also has a small housing on the side
for two lens filters.
As you can see from its production dates, the scope of its manufacture is HUGE. We’re talking over three decades of Lubitel 2’s! An interesting note is the Bakelite texture from camera to camera. Bakelite
molds only work for so long before they have to be replaced. As they wear out, they’ll impart different patterns and “mistakes” to the body parts that they produce. If you compare a few Lubitel 2’s from different years, you’ll often see a marked difference in the texture. Lubitel 2’s were produced with both Latin and Cyrillic nameplates – and were produced for a variety of export markets and foreign partners. One notable variant is the Kalimar TLR100 – which is simply a re-branded Lubi 2.
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