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Introduction to the Lubitel 166+ Series

I recently bought a Lubitel 166+, which was in my wishlist from a very long time. The Lubitel 166+ is the top of the Lomo-produced cameras, inspired by the original Lubitel 166 Universal. Since I’m trying to understand the basics of this amazing camera, I’d like to share all the things I discover about it.

I recently bought the amazing Lubitel 166+ and I simply love it. Even though the price is not so attractive, I really suggest to save up for it, because it could seriously change your shooting philosophy.

Risen from the ashes of the old project of the Lubitel 166 + Universal, the Lomographic Society took the ancient project and improved it. I was very curious about this camera, because a friend of mine lent me the original Lubitel 166+ Universal and I tried it: it was an amazing and very powerful camera. I said “powerful” because of the amazing not automatic capabilities: since it doesn’t have an auto mode (like the LC-A, LC-A+ and LC-Wide), you have to set all the shooting parameters yourself and manually, before pressing the shutter.
Surely the old fashioned aspect is very attractive; I think that twins lens cameras (TLR) have all a really cool design. I particularly like the Lubitel 166+ design, because it’s quite minimal.

What I’m going to speak about in this series is how to first approach to a camera which is still quite simple to use (like all Lomo cameras) but infinitely customizable, from a setting point of view. The real power if this camera is not the design, but is made by a lot of different features that only this camera has: : an amazing and very peculiar history, the philosophy which is behind the camera (and many times is not so easy to recognize it), some really cool additional accessories that you can find in the box (with the camera), the amazing and stunning all manual shooting style, technical features that you cannot find in other cameras, easiness to improve your shooting with this camera (in a very fast way), the possibility of discovering some really cool experimental techniques.

These are all the things I’m going to speak about in this series. I hope you will enjoy it…

PS: Since I will speak about a lot of things, this series will be a cross section series : there will be review articles, tipster articles, news articles, analog lifestyle articles.

Alessandro Panelli (aka yo.panic or .panic) is a Medicine and Surgery student, a photographer and a writer from Padova (Italy, near Venice).
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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.

written by yopanic


  1. cmgawthorp93


    I'm looking forward to this series! I love my Lubitel 166+ and I wish they'd make some lenses for it or something.

    almost 2 years ago · report as spam
  2. adi_totp


    wow! I enjoy reading it because I have a plan to buy Lubitel+ one day :D

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  3. strange_ojisan


    This is a photo I took http://www.lomography.jp/homes/strange_ojisan/photos/16530055
    over 1 year ago · report as spam
  4. yopanic


    @strange_ojisan yeah, sorry I forgot to put the "various author" tag. Actually I found the image Googling the words "Lubitel 166+", so I didn't know it was yours... I will try to contact the magazine and put the "various author" tag... :)

    over 1 year ago · report as spam

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