Shooting Redscale the Easiest Way? Flip it in the LU-BI-TEL!

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As it wasn’t enough that Lubitel is able to provide lovely results for your analogue desire, this old-fashioned camera can also be employed to easily obtain redscale shots in a fully DIY manner. Find out more in this quickie tipster.

One of the loveliest features of the Lubitel is the possibility to expose the sprocket of your films by loading the camera with 35mm films. You probably already know how to do, and here are some helpful instructions, and remember to cover the red frame counter with some black tape. It could sound tricky but is very very simple, with all Lubitel 166 models and especially if you’re a lucky owner of a Lubitel 166+.

But what about redscale shots? Well, I thought that by loading a color negative film in a reverse configuration, as in the picture, the results should be fully redscale. And this by a simple flip of the film, with no need of additional rolls, tricky folding operations and a dark-room.

So I loaded the film the reverse way, and here are the results I had with my Lubitel 166U and a Lomography Color Negative 100 film:

I can be satisfied with them, and the film seems to be slightly scratched by the more constrained wind-up configuration, something that I’ll try to avoid by employing some soft covering of the Lubitel inner edges. I have to say that, in this first experiment, I found some apparent light leaks in some shots, but since only some shots present this effect, I would say that they are more related to some errors in properly obscuring the counter window than with the particular loading configuration. And I know some analogue fanatic can also find this unwanted effect spicing up the picture, as I’d say for the horse shot.

So, flip it up and give it a try!

The Lubitel is the medium format counterpart of the Lomo LC-A. With a top-down viewer, a “Triplet” lens, and manual shutter & aperture controls, the Lubitel yields absolutely gorgeous 6×6 and 6×4.5 images. Head to our Shop for your own Lubitel now!

written by pandaisdead on 2012-07-02 #gear #tutorials #diy #quickie-tipster #film #lomography #lubitel #redscale #tipster


  1. neanderthalis
    neanderthalis ·

    :) Thank you for posting this, it had not even occurred to me that I could do this with my 166+.

  2. pandaisdead
    pandaisdead ·

    Thank you. It can be done also with Diana, I'd say. Anyway it has to beimproved to avoid the scratches on the film. If I sort out something new, I'll let you know.

  3. iandevlinphoto
    iandevlinphoto ·

    i wonder if i can do this with the 35mm back for my mamiya i reckon the flip trick can be done... hmmm.... lets see!

  4. iandevlinphoto
    iandevlinphoto ·

    i've also been told there is an exposure compensation for redscale? anyone know anything about it?

  5. pandaisdead
    pandaisdead ·

    if you shoot at the film ISO, you'll get mainly orange tones; if you overexpose it (one or even two stop) you'll get also green and blue tones, and a retro feel to your typical colour negative shot; if you underexpose it (one stop, two if you're brave enough) you'll get red tones, but the image can be a bit dark. Best results are in fact achieved if you use extended range films, but as you see in my shot you can pretty play a bit with normal film.

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