Lubitel 166+ Universal - My Analogue Revolution!


I thought for the longest time that film was outdated and like the days of VHS, were well and truly done for. Boy was I wrong!

Like most people I enjoy taking pictures, documenting the moment and sharing your excitement when a great picture comes together. It was in January of this year that on a trip to a mall in Atlanta, Georgia a friend and me walked into a store and laid eyes on our first Lomo Cameras. He fell in love with the Fisheye 2 and I went feet first for the Holga CFN. For months I took pictures and really discovered a new joy for film and all of it’s possibilities but deep down I knew I wanted more. More control, more detail, more (or less) light!

I got home and joined and perused the site looking for an answer to that feeling in my gut. I saw thousands of beautiful square pictures and noticed that the most detailed and spectacular were all produced by an old Soviet made camera called the Lubitel. It was pretty much love at first sight, I had to have it. It was calling out to me.

So i ordered my first slice of Lubitel Love. The camera turned up on my doorstep two days later and after loading it with some nice 120 film i stepped out into the sunshine and went to see what this camera could do.

It functions like a dream, simple and intuitive. There’s very little you can do to mess up with this wonder of a camera. The Lomography team have got it right, so many wonderful features and improvements all to make sure that our little square pictures are the best little square pictures they can be. Yes, it’s a talking point. When you’re out and about in the wilderness be prepared for people to ask you all sorts of questions about the box your holding. I’ve made a few new friends because of this camera.

I’ve started my own little Analogue Revolution and I suggest you get onboard and start yours! Long live the Lubitel!

written by mattydk on 2009-06-04 #gear #medium-format #120 #review #lubitel #square #166


  1. lomosexual_manboy
    lomosexual_manboy ·

    A Lubitel is truly a wonder to behold. Great shots in your gallery.

  2. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    Nice story and I love the gallery, specially n°4, 5 and 12 (stunning!) Great work. And it's true that if you love your Lubitel, Lubitel gives it back in pictures :))

  3. stouf
    stouf ·

    Excellent review ! And N°4 drives me crazy !

  4. 3lla
    3lla ·

    Ah another lubitel lover :) The lubitel truly is a wonderful camera and what a lovely article

  5. orlando_a
    orlando_a ·

    exactly what film did you use? i love 14. i also like the doubles of the same location with and without ghost people

  6. mattydk
    mattydk ·

    The beach and seaside shots are Agfa Portrait 160 exp 2007, a stunning negative. The rest are Velvia 50 x-processed (a personal favorite).

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