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166+ Series #05: Philosophy (Part 1)

"Don't think, just shoot!" This is one of the 10 Golden Rules of Lomography. It's quite difficult to "respect" this rule with the Lubitel 166+, because you have to think a lot before pressing the shutter lever. The last of the 10 Golden Rules says "Don't worry about any rules," so let’s celebrate the SLOWNESS of the Lubitel 166+ shooting philosophy.

This plastic and metal little box is completely manual: the Lubitel 166+ doesn’t do the job for you, so you have to do all by yourself! This feature will distinguish you from the thousands people who are used to automatically shoot in digital.

It’s quite attractive for me, because I feel like going “back to the origins” of photography. I really like this feeling.

Obviously, that means that you should take your time, think about the shutter speed, aperture (based on the ISO of film you loaded), focus, depth of field, etc. All these decisions require time.

Someone could not like this particular new approach to photo shooting, maybe because it’s not so easy in the first times. I really don’t know why, but I liked this approach since the first minutes of use, because I realized that I was really enjoying the activity of shooting.

Maybe in the real beginning you will fail in shooting some frames (overexposing or underexposing). The key experience is having fun during the shooting time: since you have only 12 frames (if you shoot one roll of square format pictures), you don’t surely want to waste your frames (but also waste your time and the money for developing your rolls).

Alessandro Panelli (aka yo.panic or .panic) is a Medicine and Surgery student, a photographer and a writer from Padova (Italy, near Venice). Read more about Alessandro’s work and life here or add him on Facebook or Google+.

written by yopanic


  1. buckshot


    I have an older 166B version of the Lubi, and you're right - working with these cams really slows you down and forces you to think about what you're doing, which is a good thing (at least when you're in a patient mood ;-).

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  2. yopanic


    you're right!! Usually I'm patient (and happy) when I'm shooting, because it means that I'm not studying in that moment... :p

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