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Fresh From The Lab: Lubitel 166+, My 120mm Film Camera Debut

Even though only 12 shots can be taken with it, I found 120mm film very enjoyable to use. It also made me think many times first before pressing the shutter.

I want to tell you about the film that I developed and scanned yesterday. Here’s the story.

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I got the Lubitel 166+ through The Lomography Win Your Wishlist Rumble 2013. After waiting patiently for almost two months, Annie finally arrived at my home. I named it Annie after Annie Hart of Au Revoir Simone; my other premium Lomography camera, the Horizon Perfekt, was named after Erika Spring of the same band. Maybe I’ll name my future LC-Wide after Heather D’Angelo! But let’s go back to the Lubitel. I showed off this camera at the Film Photography Day 2014 here in Bandung. And because this is my first 120mm film camera, I asked adi_totp a lot of questions on how to use it. Oh, I almost forgot to mention that I also got one roll of Lomography Color Negative Film ISO 400 as a bonus. Thank you very much, Lomography!

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A day after having fun during Film Photography Day, I met achmad-magabutz and zekalinova accidentally. While having a lomowalk, I had this idea to shoot the dynamic duo at the playground. I thought I can take photos of their faces even though they’re covered by the shadow of the tree, but I was wrong because their faces turned out to be not so clear. So, in my opinion, you still have to search for a bright light source to clearly illuminate the face when using the Lubitel.

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My plan for this 120mm film camera debut is to shoot precious subjects at every frame. But I can’t help it. Having always been a “don’t think, just shoot” snapper, I really wanted to take a photo of the cutest Indonesian newscaster on the television, but the result is very poor.

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Woke up late but the morning sky looked so peaceful. I climbed to my rooftop and shot the view.

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I tried to shoot a photo of the stage at Leo Kristi’s gig. He is a legendary Indonesian ballad musician, and he held a very rare concert. So this free admission concert was both my first Leo Kristi gig that I attended, and the best free concert that I’ve been to. Unfortunately, the results are blurred and overexposed, maybe because I didn’t use a tripod?

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Before I had this camera, I would always look at adi_totp whenever he’d shoot portraits with his Lubitel 166+. During those moments, the “king of ’don’t think, just shoot’” would really think and take a very long time to press the shutter. The results are always amazing, especially the portrait with a swirly bokeh background. So I practiced it using the camera of ekeupratama, but the results are so-so. At least I’m not that lost in my 120mm film camera debut.

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I asked fadjaradiputra to pose at the door of the Bosscha Observatory in Lembang. Besides practicing portraiture, I’m also still looking for a strong portrait to submit to the portrait rumble. This time, I shot him at a not too close distance. I’m still confused with the definition of a portrait. Is it a photo of the face until the shoulder, the face, or…?

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When it was turn to me to pose, the result turned out to be covered in light leak.

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I saw the iconic Leica logo on astronomy equipment at the observatory, but I don’t know what the equipment is called.. It’s a perfect spot to pose, but there’s an imperfect light leak on the result.

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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.

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