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166+ Series #21: Tipster 166+ - Aperture Priority

Aperture priority, great composition opportunities, lower control, and incapability of taking good pictures with rapid movement of the subjects. How do we use this technique with the Lubitel 166+ and what kind of advantages/disadvantages do we have with Aperture Priority? Is it worth it?

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What was important in the Aperture Priority cameras was that the photography had a completely free control of depth of field. I suggest to the ones who have not read the previous articles to go and check the one about depth of field, or Bokeh effect.

The logic behind this system was that the photographer could choose whatever aperture he wanted, according to the Bokeh effect he wanted, then the camera sets the corresponding shutter speed, in order to have a correct exposure. If the photographer wanted a bokeh effect (with a short depth of field) he only had to set manually a really big aperture (so a little f/ stop).
This “logic” was present in the cameras of the brands Nikon, Pentax and Minolta, between the others.

How to use this priority with the Lubitel 166+?

Let’s see the procedure (valid only for 100 ISO films, we will see later the others ISO):

  • Between the numbers 8 and 11 in the aperture settings of the Lubitel 166+ there is a small white dot. Set the Aperture indicator in this position.
  • In order to choose the shutter speed, use simply the “weather icons” present on the camera: moving the indicator following the icons, you will select correctly the shutter speed, with aperture priority.

200 ISO: imagine that the dot is between 11 and 16.
400 ISO: imagine that the dot is between 16 and 22.

If you want a really cool bokeh effect, I suggest you all to use a 100 ISO film, in order to use an aperture between f/8 and f/11: in this way the depth of field will be shorter…

Disclaimer: We spoke about philosophy, history (ancestors and birth of the project of the Lubitel 166+),tech specs. Inside all the previous article I left some little, but very important, details that will let you easily interpretate 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.

Alessandro Panelli (aka yo.panic or .panic) is a Medicine and Surgery student, a photographer and a writer from Padova (Italy, near Venice).
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