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Lubitel 166+ Series #01: Tech Specs - Lens

Since I started working with the Lubitel 166+, I tried to explore the main features and functions of this amazing camera. Since it's a fully manual 120 camera, I started with exploring all the different technical features: let’s start from the basic ones, like from analyzing the lens.

The first amazing thing you should know about the Lubitel 166+ is that it has glass lens: the main one (the bottom one) is the Triplet-22 f/4.5 75mm lens, while the top one is the one that provides you the image in the viewfinder.

Glass lenses are surely more reliable, if you compare it to the plastic lens. Since it’s not a zone focus camera, this detail is really important: images will be perfectly focused, so that you can play with focus effects (like leaving unfocused some details of the frame and perfectly focused other details).

Plastic lenses are usually responsible of some color shifting (as it happens with the Lomo LC-A); this happens less with the Lubitel 166+, because glass has a better refraction of light. Picture will turn out more realistic if you use color negative film.

It all depends on what you are used to: I think that the right camera suits the right project, so I usually choose the camera according to what I have in my mind. Looking at my first results, I think that the square format and this lens suits perfectly the human subject photography: portraiture is really cool with the Lubitel 166+ and it will surely satisfy.

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. lomo-graf


    Uhh, how surprising - the Lubitel has a glass lens ;-) BTW- the LC-A has NO plastic lens...

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  2. simonh82


    You haven't included any of your photos. That is pretty daft.

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  3. yopanic


    It's easy when you don't have your film scanner 2000km away from you.
    Unfortunately I'm trying to deal with an art accademy in Lisbon, in order to use their scanners; I'm sorry of not being able to upload my pictures.

    I think it's sad to judge other's work so easily, but I accept you critic and try to include my pics in the last articles of the series. Unfortunately the next will be without my pictures.

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  4. adi_totp


    great review! I really need this kind of review before I go for Lubitel+ ! Thanks dude! :D

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  5. simonh82


    @yopanic apologies, I didn't mean to offend, I just thought it was odd to do a review without having any pictures to demonstrate what you're talking about.

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  6. yopanic


    No worries. I'm not angry or offended. Unfortunately being in Erasmus implies that I cannot have all my "conforts" here. As soon as I can, I will start scanning all my film roll and insert the pictures in my future articles.
    I am the one who has to apologize for that, hoping that you will enjoy the series.

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  7. traaaart


    LC-A has a glass lens

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