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166+ Series #13: Tipsteroids 166+ (Part 1)

Speaking about 166+, tipsters doesn't exactly mean giving suggestions in order to improve your photographic results. It means giving you inspiration in order to let the readers modify them as they want. These tipsters are meant to be modified, to evolve, to become something even better. And maybe, one day, some of you will teach me a new technique that I have never thought about.

We spoke about philosophy, history (ancestors and birth of the Lubitel 166+ project), and tech specs. In all the previous articles I left some little, but very important, details that will let you easily interpret the next ones. These articles are meant to be read in series, so don’t lose the opportunity to go and check the previous episodes.

Since I always try to study the composition of my pictures, these tipsters are mainly based on composition with the square format (or why not? Also 35mm, since we are speaking about a double format camera, thanks to the Lubikin Set).

However, let’s start from the basic stuff.

Aperture/Shutter Speed Relationship

On the back of the Lubitel 166+ you can find an easy chart that shows clearly how to set the Lubitel. If you follow these “rules," the results will be really cool. But, what if you want to overexpose or underexpose? Before doing that, you should have a clear the idea about aperture and shutter speed.

Imagine that you have an amount of water, and you have to make it pass through a hole, for an amount of time that you can set. You can also choose the diameter of the hole. In order the same amount of water to pass through the hole, you can choose to:

  • Set a smaller hole, but it will be necessary to keep it open for a long time.
  • Set a larger hole, but keep it open for a shorter time.

This metaphor will make you understand how it works: the hole is the aperture, the time is the shutter speed (higher speed = shorter time), the amount of water is the amount of light. In order to have a good exposure, you have to keep the balance between aperture and shutter speed (so the correct amount of light the is impressed on film).

In order to overexpose: lower shutter speed and/or bigger aperture diameter.
In order to underexpose: higher shutter speed and/or shorter aperture diameter.

In reality it’s not the same thing, so in the next “episodes” of this series we will speak also about Depth of Field, which is based on this kind of settings.

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+.

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. adi_totp


    love these series! :D

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  2. yopanic



    Thank you!! :p
    I have some surprises for the next episodes... :)

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