Medium format films are revered for the crisp details and clarity yielded by their photos, which are best achieved using cameras with glass lens and flexible controls. Among our fellow lomographers' favorite for portraiture is the Lubitel 166+, the waist-level wonder with a Russian heritage!
For many lomographers and seasoned film photographers, medium format is the way to go when it comes to portraiture, one of the main reasons being the larger film size renders images with higher resolution, and thus allows bigger enlargements without sacrificing image quality. This means those precious portraits appear sharper and more detailed — perfect for scanning and viewing in high-res and even printing!
The square format also treats subjects differently, with just enough space to frame them, highlighting only the features and expressions that shed light into their personalities.
For these reasons, the waist-level wonder Lubitel 166+ has become many a lomographer’s top camera choices when it comes to shooting crisp portraits in medium format. Its glass lens, coupled with manual controls, give you full rein to explore and experiment with medium format portraiture.
Maybe you’ve seen one of these impressive portraits taken using the Lubitel 166+, but we can’t resist showcasing them — they’re too good not to share! Go ahead, flip through the gallery below and prepare to be inspired!
Do you have a portrait taken using the Lubitel 166+ that you’re truly proud of? Go ahead and add yours to our selection of picture-perfect portraits with a comment below!
The Lubitel 166+ is a loving recreation of the Soviet-era classic. Based on a design that dates back over 60 years, this camera is updated with new features like the ability to shoot both 120 and 35mm film. Shoot mind-blowing images with the Lubitel 166+, available in our Online Shop.