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Lubitel Love From Waist Level Chapter 22: Lubitel Models, LUBITEL 166

The original 166 is a somewhat rare model - as it’s production number (70,000) is far beneath the mammoth quantities commanded by the other models. It featured a few significant improvements over the Lubitel 2, namely a film counter (rather than a red window) and a coupled advance and shutter cock.

LUBITEL 166
Produced 1976 – 1986 / Approx 70,000 units

Starting in ’76, the Lubitel was cast in modern-day plastic, rather than Bakelite. The original 166 is a somewhat rare model – as it’s production number (70,000) is far beneath the mammoth quantities commanded by the other models. It featured a few significant improvements over the Lubitel 2, namely a film counter (rather than a red window) and a coupled advance and shutter cock. One of the most collectible variants was made in 1980 to commemorate the Moscow Olympic Games.

1980 Moscow Olympic Games

LUBITEL 166B
Produced 1980 – 1990 / Approx 900,000 units

This model took the innovative Lubitel 166 and simplified it. Gone is the film counter and coupled shutter & advance. In exchange, you get a set of handy weather symbols to guide your exposure settings.

LUBITEL 166 UNIVERSAL
Produced 1983-1993 / Approx 400,000 units

It’s with this beauty that the folks at LOMO in St. Petersburg closed the book on classic Lubitel production. This camera is essentially identical to the 166B, but includes a mask for two film formats: 6×6cm and 6×4.5cm. It was actively manufactured until 1993.

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written by ungrumpy

1 comment

  1. danbarry

    danbarry

    I love learning anything i can about Lubitel. Would love to get my hands on a lubikin kit to play with.

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