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Lubitel 166+: The Newest Member of the Family is the Most Promising

The Lubitel 166+ is the latest addition to the Lubitel family. The newest members are often the most promising, they're the hope and future of the family. What are the significant differences between some Lubitels? And how is the 166+ an innovation? The answers to these questions after the jump.

The first Lubi I had in my possession was the 166B. I had been by chance, with a person who was looking to separate from his camera at the time. The Lubitel has allowed me to familiarize myself with the medium format type cameras and gain more technical shooting skills.

In fact, I tried to get one at that time on the advice of the lab I worked with. Being not too familiar with Lomography film cameras and at the time, the advice of the photographer was: “I’ll give you a used medium format box type camera and when you return to your Diana you’ll see the difference!”

He was right! Although the focus is far from being great on the 166B, the 166+ is a nice camera to start with and eventually use it to grow in the art of photography. See for yourself!

However, the connection cable from my old 166B was broken. What a horror! I will never forget that day, I had a great feelings for that Lubi. In a sense, he is not dead, just a little handicapped for the moment.

So I decided to invest at the time in a Lubitel 166+ Olympic Edition. What I found out about this model was that it provides a standard hot shoe and not cable. However when I received it, I was disappointed!
Not by the looks but lack of double direct exposure ability on this model. However, it has the advantage of being totally impervious to light, which is an advantage for films like the Aerochrome.

Photos taken with Lubitel 166 Olympic Edition.

Also take note that if you buy this kind of model, it does not load like other Lubitels. Instead it loads like a Rolleiflex. In other words, you have to keep in mind the two small white dots when loading. You will need to align the double arrow on the paper roll 120 with those two points before closing the back of the unit. Then you will have to advance to the blocking of the film. However, this simplified Lubitel film loading offers openings with weather symbols. Wanting to open more options after some time, I bought a Lubitel 2. The camera’s design and build were very simple.

After having used my LC-A+ Russia Day later, I have read many articles on the quality of focusing on the 166+. Indeed, for the shooting of meadows, old Lubitels are far from perfect. For my part, I agreed with them. Though I’ve never actually seen fluctuations in my Lubitel shots.

I decided recently to procure the newest member of this family, the Lubitel 166+. As soon as it arrived, I noticed the effort put into its presentation. Once out, it was like other Lubitels but is much lighter. I immediately looked at the focus load and was instantly surprised! The focus was clear and crisp. I was teeming with excitement to the photographs it can take.

I quickly tested the double exposure on my first roll Lomography X-Pro Slide 200 with the assistance of the Colorsplash. The rendering was clear and beautiful and the optical sight that the Lubitel 2 has clearly evolved over the 166+.

Finally, I would say that Lubitel 166+ takes the best of its big brothers with the simplified open symbols, the fixed hot shoe and the automatic counter views to 35mm. Yes, the Lubitel 166+ can accommodate the 35mm with its Lubikin kit. The Lubitel 166 + combines tradition and innovation through its adaptation to 35mm and with its clear images and sharp focus.

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 jaybees80 and translated by jaybees80

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