The Lubitel 166 Universal was my first medium format camera, that I found in a flea market many years ago for few dollars. Last year I bought the new and improved Lubitel 166+ on the Online Shop of Lomography. Great camera, with an awesome and bright viewfinder!
Some months ago, I went to the Lomography Gallery Store in Milan to withdraw some 120mm developments and scans, and I saw on a shelf the new Lubitel 166+. As a first sight, I was impressed by its new viewfinder, which I found bright and with interesting focusing aids, as the microprism and the split image system.
The split image focusing system allows me to use the camera in many dynamic situations, as in this rugby match (Rugby Como v/S Rugby Busto, third division of Italian Rugby Championship).
The viewfinder covers 100% of the image, allowing a better composition without the need of cropping the images.
The lens is sharp and the plasticity of the images is incredible!
I love the 120mm format because I print with great enlargement with my Meopta Opemus 7 enlarger!
All these photos were taken using an Ilford HP5+ developed in R09 Spezial (a new version of the fine grain developer Rodinal Special).
This camera is a great companion of my Lubitel 166U!