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+.