As it wasn’t enough that Lubitel is able to provide lovely results for your analogue desire, this old-fashioned camera can also be employed to easily obtain redscale shots in a fully DIY manner. Find out more in this quickie tipster.
One of the loveliest features of the Lubitel is the possibility to expose the sprocket of your films by loading the camera with 35mm films. You probably already know how to do, and here are some helpful instructions, and remember to cover the red frame counter with some black tape. It could sound tricky but is very very simple, with all Lubitel 166 models and especially if you’re a lucky owner of a Lubitel 166+.
But what about redscale shots? Well, I thought that by loading a color negative film in a reverse configuration, as in the picture, the results should be fully redscale. And this by a simple flip of the film, with no need of additional rolls, tricky folding operations and a dark-room.
I can be satisfied with them, and the film seems to be slightly scratched by the more constrained wind-up configuration, something that I’ll try to avoid by employing some soft covering of the Lubitel inner edges. I have to say that, in this first experiment, I found some apparent light leaks in some shots, but since only some shots present this effect, I would say that they are more related to some errors in properly obscuring the counter window than with the particular loading configuration. And I know some analogue fanatic can also find this unwanted effect spicing up the picture, as I’d say for the horse shot.
So, flip it up and give it a try!