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The Lubitel 166+ - Everything You Wanted to Know (But Were Afraid to Ask)

Celebrate the Holidays in squares! The Lubitel 166+ promises sharp, stunning medium-format images that can also use 35mm film. Don't let it intimidate you - acquaint yourselves with this twin-lens classic and jumpstart an analogue romance!

Photo: mr-furet

Don’t Be Scared

Lets be honest, the Lubitel 166+ can seem like a pretty daunting prospect. It’s uncompromising solid casing, it’s dials and switches, it’s two-lens system. All of this can be a bit much to take in. But once you come to grips with it, the Lubitel is perhaps the most rewarding of all our cameras. All that control can start to feel pretty good! But what makes the Lubitel’s photos so special?

The Power in Your Hands

So let’s take a closer look at the camera. Imagine yourself picking up the Lubitel. Don’t be shy. Feel it’s solid weight in your hands. It feels good right? But what do all those levers and dials do? Well, these are the manual features that make the Lubitel 166+ so special, putting the power truly in your hands.

Manual Focus Wheel – The beauty of the twin lens system is that you can look down through the viewfinder and see exactly what your lens is capturing. As you twist your focus wheel you’ll see exactly what’s in focus and what isn’t.

Manual Aperture Setting – You control how much light gets into the camera, so you are in complete control. There’s even some weather symbols on there to help guide you. The Film Winder- With the Lubitel 166+, it’s up to you when you advance your film so you can choose to shoot single exposures or multiple exposures.

Dial at the Back – This opens the back so you can load your film. The Lubitel 166+ can be used with both medium format and 35mm film types, meaning you can radically alter your photos depending on what you choose to load into the camera.

Control Freaks

Ok so you’ve seen what it can do, but doing it is another matter. Which is why we’ve put together these tips and tricks for the ultimate control freaks.

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written by shhquiet


  1. adbigmilk


    The shots of Mr-Furet is great !!

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  2. mephisto19


    <3 lubitel <3

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  3. azzzy


    my dream camera! im 200piggies away from getting you.

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  4. adi_totp


    I want one :D yeaaah dream camera just like @azzy said.

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  5. disdis


    great... I'm just to receive my new one and this article will help a lot!

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  6. basho


    As soon as I lay my hands on a 20% off coupon, this beauty will be mine!

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  7. antibiotyx


    fantastic camera, which i can't afford to buy at the moment. haha.

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  8. adrienne-is


    I purchased one earlier this year from Amazon. It is a bit intimidating at first, but I am still finding my way. :)

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  9. samguino


    Love my Lubitel but am still struggling with it a bit. I used my new Diana Flash with it last night but the flash didn't sync with the shutter - is it supposed to be automatic or do I need to do something to make it work?? Anyone know?! Might need to get myself down to one of those workshops!

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  10. -walsh-


    Love my lubi!

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