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Rise Up Lubitel Lovers!

On open letter to the marketing department, production team and management at LSI.

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I waited six months for the Lubitel 166 Universal + to become available in my regions online store. When it did I grabbed it with gusto. And yes, I fell in love with it. I expect many of us in the community who own one have. It’s ability to focus closer, that simply amazing viewfinder, my life its simply a wonder to look through. But I find myself dissatisfied.

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You may ask why, if I’m so head over heels with it am I dissatisfied? Aside from finding out the Case I want for the Lubitel fell out of stock the day I ordered it (in fact it was apparently in stock until I tried to add it to my cart) I can’t see any evidence of the LSI keeping to a promise they made, an oath they swore on page 51 of “Lubitel +: Love From Waist Level”. I quote…

“Let there be no doubt – we are 100% committed to the Lubitel and Lubitel +… But rest assured: a steady stream of Lubitel + accessories, books, bags, lenses, flashes and everything else you can imagine will steadily be designed with tender love and care, and be passionately announced to the world at large…”

We’ve seen apparel, we’ve seen trinkets, but flashes, lenses, everything else we can imagine? I think not. That promise was made in 2008. I consider that broken.

It’s that removable back door that I find intriguing. LSI, it’s time to make amends. It’s time to live up to that expectation you set 4 years ago. We want lens adapters, a double circular polariser (so you can see the result in the focussing lens), we want a Lubitel flash, but what we want most is an instant back!

So I say rise up Lubitel Lovers! Rise up and show them that you want it too, more recognition on the little Black Beauty, accessories galore. RISE UP!

LIKE THIS ARTICLE AND COMMENT, PERHAPS ENOUGH LIKES WILL PERSUADE LSI TO CREATE MORE PRODUCT!

written by adam_g2000

17 comments

  1. aanum

    aanum

    i was considering buying a lubitel 166+ because my lubitel 166b broke i still think i might get one but noes i might wait a bit longer

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  2. marcel2cv

    marcel2cv

    Well, I own a Lubitel2 and a 166U, but have never missed the things you name. Only external part I use is a lens hood... But you're right, promises should be kept.

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  3. adam_g2000

    adam_g2000

    @marcel2cv I've had both of those, still have the 2, the + is a massive improvement.

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  4. adam_g2000

    adam_g2000

    @aanum I don't see my rant as a need to wait, simply a push to see some more awesomeness added!

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  5. aanum

    aanum

    ok I will see when I get some money I miss shooting with a lubitel :)

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  6. carlota_nonnumquam

    carlota_nonnumquam

    A friend of mine emailed Lomography a few months ago asking if they were indeed planning on making new accessories for the Lubitel+ and the reply she got was that there were no plans to do so in the near future!

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  7. neanderthalis

    neanderthalis

    Hear! Hear! I have been waiting for the case for over a year. Some of the etchings on the rear of the camera are already wearing off. Not that I don't love the Diana F+, but how many cases choices do they need when we are hurting for just one for the Lubitel. An Instant Back would be awesome or maybe a 220 back? Filter sets would make my day. I have bought a step up ring to use my own filters but it does not help with a polarizer.

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  8. adam_g2000

    adam_g2000

    @carlota_nonnumquam that really, really sucks!

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  9. adam_g2000

    adam_g2000

    @neanderthalis Your polarizer should have two optimum settings, sort of an off and on. Mine is almost marked by the text on it, hold it in front of the view finder and turn it, remember where it was when it was at it's most effective. slap it on the step up ring, focus, then twist the polarizer to the position remembered. I've not tested that yet, but I plan to try it out soon as my step up ring arrived yesterday. I also botched one onto my holga, now waiting for a rubber lens hood and a new 49mm lens cap to arrive!

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  10. neanderthalis

    neanderthalis

    @adam_g2000 Thanks for the tip.

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  11. zoe191

    zoe191

    I don't have a Lubitel but I don't like broken promises

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  12. djcosta

    djcosta

    almost same story with me. I bought it a couple of weeks ago when it became available again. Would love to get a case they had available before, but now you can't even find it anymore on the store. Accessories would for sure be interesting... but for the moment I'm still happy to play with a "simple" Lubitel 166+. I find it so much fun to take pictures with it...

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  13. dabai

    dabai

    I have a Lubitel 166+ and I want like to see more accessories for the Lubitel too!!!

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  14. dragontw

    dragontw

    Hear Hear! Instead of keeping promises, LSI is bombarding us with leopard skin Dianas and baby vomit color Fisheyes. It feels like every week there is a new god awful color. Seriously enough with the colors already!!! We use cameras to take pictures not as fashion accessories!!! Where is our Lubitel Flash? Our new Diana lens? Or new LCA filter?

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  15. dragontw

    dragontw

    Hear Hear! Instead of keeping promises, LSI is bombarding us with leopard skin Dianas and baby vomit color Fisheyes. It feels like every week there is a new god awful color. Seriously enough with the colors already!!! We use cameras to take pictures not as fashion accessories!!! Where is our Lubitel Flash? Our new Diana lens? Or new LCA filter?

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  16. vicuna

    vicuna

    I totally agree with you! @LSI: what are you waiting for? Instead of drowning us with tons of various sardinas, diana skins or popping colors cameras, give us some real good photographic accessories for the Lubitel!!!

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  17. emilios

    emilios

    I agree. Instead of producing the same existing products with different colours and textures I would prefer to see something new or innovative.

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