The Lubitel 166+ is surely on almost every Lomographer's wonder list. Someone could say that it's expensive, but it is certainly one of the best cameras in the Lomography store and it offers you the chance to try a really different new kind of shooting approach. Today, we will talk about shooting 35mm format with the Lubitel 166+.
Shouldn’t the Lubitel 166+ be a 120 film camera? Sure! But one of the most important features is that you can also load 35mm film in it. This really cool feature is possible thanks to the Lubikin set (which is fully included in the package), so that you can convert your Lubitel 166+ into a 35mm machine. The really amazing thing is that the format of final images is a vertical panorama, with exposed sprockets holes! That’s a really unique and peculiar result, because it’s a frame format that is not so common in the entire analog camera catalog.
The use of 35mm film in this camera it’s entirely different, because the final image will be 58×33mm, with exposed sprockets.
Once you put all the pieces of the Lubikin set inside your Lubitel 166+, you can load your 35mm film. There’s a frame counter on the right side of the camera, but you should set the 35mm Film Counter to “S” by rolling the 35mm Film Counter Wheel forward. The sprocket holes should be lined up evenly on the gears.
It’s really important to use the rubber hood to cover the 120 film Counter Wheel’s red window, because 35mm is more sensitive to light. It’s really important that all light windows are completely closed! If you don’t do that, your pictures will have a lot of light leaks, or the entire film will be exposed.
Next to the 35mm Film Counter there is a small window where a white dot appears. As you shoot a new image and advance the film, the white dot will indicate when to stop advancing the film. Each time you see the white dot, you have advanced one full frame.
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+.