Lubitel 166


Well i‘m sure you guys have heard about lubitel 166B, 166 universal and 166+, but how about 166? Hell ye no B, no universal, no +, just 166. Believe me this camera was a big surprise for me.

I found this camera with it‘s brother, Lubitel 166 universal, in a vintage market. At first i was very surprised. I have never heard about this model before, maybe because compared with other Lubitel models it‘s quite rare. It was made only Approx 70,000 units. By the look this camera is similar to Lubitel 166 class cameras and by technical side: i would say it‘s in-between 166U and 166+. It has all classic Lubitel 166 features except standard cable release thread, plus some extra futures which you can find only on 166+ model:

1. Standard hotshoe
2. A set of handy weather symbols
3. No red window on the back (Compared with this great tipster of our friend Mr. Stouf you can turn this camera in to a perfect 35mm film shooter)

And the last but not the least, extra feature, which you can find only on this model of all Lubitels is a frame counter. Don’t know about you but that was a bit freaky, unexpected and all so very interesting for me. Interesting how the frame counter works! Freaky and unexpected, that I can’t make a double exposures! Why? Because frame counter on this cam means coupled advance and shutter cock.

Shooting with this camera is fun. I have experimented with it for a while and found a interesting quick tipster: Lubitelrama. Usually to advance from one to another frame, you have to turn advance wheel till the shutter gets cocked and a bit more till advance wheel stops. If you want to make a Lubitelrama, advance the knob only till the shutter cocks and then shoot. Till one frame changes to another (For example from 1 to 2) you can make three overlapping shots. You can see couple Lubitelrama examples in my gallery. Have fun!

written by dogma on 2009-11-18 #gear #russian #review #lubitel-166 #6x6 #manual #tlr #plastic-body


  1. falsedigital
    falsedigital ·

    You've definitely put this camera to great use! :D

  2. cinzinc
    cinzinc ·

    great gallery =)

  3. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    Great review!! With the logo on the camera it's a special edition for the Moscow Olympics of 1980, isn't it? And I love the gallery, the overlapping shots are stunning! :)))

  4. jaalvarez
    jaalvarez ·

    From 1986 (the first time I see one Lubitel), I was looking for "she".
    Now, since a year, I have one, but ... I don´t use it !!!
    I will do it someday ...
    Great photos !!!
    Congrats !!!

  5. dogma
    dogma ·

    Thanks for your nice comments guys!
    @vicuna yup you are right, that logo is for a special edition for the olimpic games, i think there is all so special edition LC-A with this logo, i think i saw one somewhere in the internet

  6. stouf
    stouf ·

    Ho dogma ! What a review ! The gallery is simply perfect !!! And I feel very proud you're mentioning my frame counter... 8-) Thanks friend !

  7. lomosexual_manboy
    lomosexual_manboy ·

    I was confused at first thinking this was for the 166U because I wasn't aware there was a plain 166 Lubitel. Like the rest of its family it turns out amazing shots. You should be really proud of this gallery.

  8. azurblue
    azurblue ·

    Great pics ! A pleasure for the eyes !

  9. jeabzz
    jeabzz ·

    great review and great gallery :)

  10. sarahboat
    sarahboat ·

    So many great photos but the last one is perfection!

  11. zark
    zark ·

    I love this gallery so much!!!

  12. -a-l-b-e-r-t-o-
    -a-l-b-e-r-t-o- ·

    wooooow what a fucking great gallery

  13. nural
    nural ·

    I want one of these! and I loved your shot 20!!!

  14. gvelasco
    gvelasco ·

    Nice camera and you make great use of it.

  15. stickyvinny
    stickyvinny ·

    Fantastic! :D

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