I just acquired a camera that I have desperately wanted for a long time — the Lubitel 166b! Here’s the story of how I got my Lubitel through a camera swap.
Im an avid user of Twitter (@TomWelland) and follow many lomographers. One particular Lomog called @achocolatemoose recently tweeted that she had a spare Lubitel 166b and did anyone want to do a camera swap. I really like the look of these cameras and desperately wanted it. Luckily I had a few piggies (money off vouchers) for Lomography and after a mini bidding war she tweeted me saying she will take me up on my offer. I cashed in my piggie points and bought her a Diana Mini and she posted me her Lubitel 166b.
How cool does this camera look!
bq.“Shooting with the Lubitel+ is different than anything you have shot before. The combination of its glass lenses, the flexible 120 or 35mm format, fully manual everything, fully automatic nothing, peering into a waist-level finder, slowing things down with focusing and dialing in the correct exposure settings, and a myriad of other analog factors make it a full-bodied experience that activates all of your senses and brings you into a special and very intimate place.”
I have never used 120 before so I was excited to get cracking but there is a lot to learn with this camera. There is no automatic light meter or focus points or shutter speeds. You have to completely compose the image yourself. It makes it tricky but the feel of the camera and its results are well worth it. I took a drive out to a seaside town called Shoreham with my lovely lady wife and took some shots of the houseboats they have there. There are some really incredible boats, all made out of strange materials and incorporate coaches, cars, planes loads of stange additions!
As you can see its not a typical boat. I just got my shots back and after the initial excitement, I was devastated to learn I had all of the settings wrong and the film was mostly underexposed! All but one shot was rubbish! As is the way with Lomography, you can shoot a whole roll and have it be terrible but one shot makes it all worthwhile. This is the shot I love.
You will hopefully notice that its a triple exposure of the boat in the previous picture. I hope you like it as I do. I have a lot to learn with this camera but I’m looking forward to the journey.
One point to mention is that during this photoshoot I got a parking ticket so this one photo cost me £25.
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.