Camera Modification Tips: Splitzing your Lubitel 166+

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I am very fond of my Lubitel 166+! I simply love it and adore it! It takes the most amazing pictures, even when you don't expect it to. But there was one thing missing that could help me shake things up a bit: a Splitzer. So I made my own!

Using a Splitzer with my LC-A+ is lots of fun! I often walk the same places, so I often photograph the same things, but thanks to the Splitzer there is an easy way to change things up a bit. And it has given me some great, unexpected results!

About a month ago I started using my new Lubitel 166+ and fell head over heels in love with it! It can compete with my LC-A+ on any terrain (and will beat in most), but the one thing it was missing is a Splitzer. So I decided I would make my own. It turned out better than I expected! And the first results were amazing!

Lubitel Splitzer fun

What you’ll need is an LC-A+ splitzer and a 40.5mm filter ring (you don’t need the actual filter, so it could be a broken one). Those of you who decided to try out my previous tipsters on making a filter mount for your LC-A+ are in luck, as you already have some of the parts you’ll need (that is, if you haven’t thrown them out). Last time I used the back plate, this time I use the plastic discs. So basically you get two awesome gadgets for the price of one ;-)

First you dismantle the splitzer by taking out the thin metal ring that holds the plastic discs in place. If you do this careful you can reuse all the parts you take out. For this Lubitel splitzer you’ll only need the plastic discs, but the holder and the thin metal ring can be used to make yourself a multifunctional filter holder for your LC-A+, holding anything from close up filters to color filters.

Dismantle the splitzer.

Next, dismantle the filter. You need to unscrew the thin metal rim without breaking it or damaging the thread. The easiest way is by using some fine pointed tweezer (look carefully and you’ll find two small indentations on the rim). After removing the rim, take out the glass, which you wont need.

Dismantle the 40.5mm filter.

Now you need to put these parts back together, in order:

  • take the filter ring,
  • drop the red plastic disc in the ring,
  • drop the black plastic disc on top of the red disc,
  • carefully screw the thin metal rim back in the ring (use the tweezers).

Stop when the rim almost touches the disc below.
MAKE SURE THE DISCS HAVE ENOUGH ROOM TO TURN FREELY!

Secure the rim in that position with a drop of super glue.
MAKE SURE YOU DON’T GLUE ANYTHING BUT THE RIM, CERTAINLY NOT THE DISCS!

Put everything together.

And that’s it! you have just made yourself a fancy splitzer for your Lubitel 166+!

Let me show you some more of the results I got with my new toy! For these photos I used color filters screwed to the front of the DIY splitzer (there is enough thread remaining to attach filters to the front).

Credits: sandravo
Credits: sandravo
Credits: sandravo

written by sandravo on 2013-05-27 in #gear #tipster #tipster #lubitel-166 #requested-post #camera #filter-ring #select-what-this-tipster-is-about #40-5mm #diy #splitzer #select-type-of-tipster

21 Comments

  1. samuelcabbuag
    samuelcabbuag ·

    COOOOOLLL!!! :D

  2. warning
    warning ·

    Great tipster!

  3. kineaux
    kineaux ·

    Greatt tipster , great photos thankss

  4. marta1901
    marta1901 ·

    wow <3

  5. muhamad_haiz_shamsudin
    muhamad_haiz_shamsudin ·

    You sir, are a genius!!

  6. sandravo
    sandravo ·

    @samuelcabbuag @warning @kineaux @marta1901 @muhamad_haiz_shamsudin Thanks for your great comments! Glad you like it!

  7. sandravo
    sandravo ·

    @muhamad_haiz_shamsudin There's also genius women out here, but thanks all the same ;-)

  8. ohlordy
    ohlordy ·

    Excellent tipster!

  9. muchachamala
    muchachamala ·

    Another gadget lomography should be selling ;-)

  10. juano
    juano ·

    Súper pro!

  11. muhamad_haiz_shamsudin
    muhamad_haiz_shamsudin ·

    @sandravo Oops, no offence. But keep up with the awesome tipsters! You're breathing new life and affordable options to these cameras!

  12. sarah-addison-dobard
    sarah-addison-dobard ·

    @sandravo thank you; so great! I am saving up for a Lubitel

  13. sandravo
    sandravo ·

    @muhamad_haiz_shamsudin None taken! Thanks for your nice words :-)

  14. jaybees80
    jaybees80 ·

    really interesting

  15. atria007
    atria007 ·

    wowww great!!!

  16. sarah-addison-dobard
    sarah-addison-dobard ·

    How do you attach the 40.5mm filter ring to the Lubitel camera lens itself? Is the lens able to "thread" filters and such? Or did you have to glue it on? Thanks! @sandravo

  17. sandravo
    sandravo ·

    @sarah-addison-dobard Both lenses on the Lubitel 166+ are threaded. The viewing lens must be around 25-26mm (stll haven't found an exact fit) and the taking lens has a 40.5mm thread. Might seem like an odd number, 40.5mm, but if you search for filters you'll find it's fairly common. This info is good for the 166+, no assurance for the other Lubitel models out there ( my Lubitel 2 for example has no thread at the front of the lens). BUT NO GLUE !!!!!!!! :-)

  18. sarah-addison-dobard
    sarah-addison-dobard ·

    Haha okay; got it! No glue, I swear! I'm glad they made the lenses so they will thread. :) Thanks! @sandravo

  19. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·

    GREAT!!

  20. bsdunek
    bsdunek ·

    So, wouldn't it be neat to have two. One on the viewing lens and one on the taking lens. That way you could see better what you're getting.

  21. sandravo
    sandravo ·

    @bsdunek It wouldn't be much help given that both lenses turn in opposite directions. On top, it would get a lot harder to focus properly with the split screen in the middle blacked out.

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