For the Love of Lubitel

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I promised myself that I will write a review about my Lubitel 166B only after a year so I could really tell you much about it. But I can’t help it, I so much love my Lubitel that I can’t stop myself from writing a review about it. Read on to see what I can say about this lovable camera.

Credits: walasiteodito

As of now, my Lubitel 166B is my favorite camera to use. It is a twin lens Russian-made camera that takes up medium format (120mm) film that captures twelve 6cm x 6cm photos. It has a long history that you can read here, and to make the long story short, it was in production during the 80’s and is one of the newer (but not the newest) version of the Lubitel. The aperture range of the camera is from f/4.5 to f/22, and the shutter speed are 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250 and Bulb mode. It has a wonderful lens, a 75mm “Triplet 22” that is responsible for the very sharp and high contrast photos. And for you control freaks out there, it’s a full-manual camera.

Credits: walasiteodito

I got mine from an online seller in Facebook, for PHP5,000.00 (more or less $120). It was worth the buy because the camera was in mint condition, as if it was never used. At first I was having a hard time framing, focusing, and guess-timating the setting to use because it is my first time to use a TLR, but in time I got used to it.

Credits: walasiteodito

It has a huge difference from the Lubitel 166+, as I believe that this older version is much harder to use than the Lubitel 166+. First of all, because the viewfinder is a bit hard to look at except for head on, so framing and focusing takes a bit more time. Second, it has no exposure guide on the back so you have to guess what aperture and speed to use. Third, it only has a cold shoe. Fourth, the easy 35mm shooting, because if you shoot a 35 mm in a Lubitel 166B, you have to guess in winding for the next frame, and you have to rewind the film in a dark room. And Lastly it focuses only at 1.4m in the nearest compared to Lubitel 166+’s 0.8 meters.

Credits: walasiteodito

Despite the big difference, I still love it for how it was. I love how it makes me think first before shooting and how it challenges me in trying and practicing how to be a fast shooter with it.

As of now, that’s all I can say about this lovely camera, I still need to know it more and maybe after a year I will write another review about this camera. By the way, my Lubitel’s name is “Love.”

Credits: walasiteodito

written by walasiteodito on 2012-08-13 in #reviews #lubitel-lubitel-166b-120mm-medium-format-walasiteodito-film-love-tlr

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