The Lubitel 166+ is a good camera for those who want to try shooting medium format film. Read on more after this!
I remember the day when I received my Lubitel 166+. It was the first medium format camera that I ever bought. What drew me to it was its ability to shoot dual formats – either in 35mm (with sprockets) or in 120 film. Plus its lightweight but sturdy construction made it easy to carry around.
Being a twin lens camera, it would take a while in getting used to compose photos in the viewfinder. The images are mirrored meaning that the directions are reversed (up is down, left is right, etc.)
What’s included in the box?
Lubikin Set (for 35mm film) plus masks
A Carrying Strap
When I bought the camera, it was bundled with a free Diana Flash Kit (plus adaptor) which fit perfectly on the Lubitel’s hotshoe.
I loaded a 120 film in it the first day I used it. Having been accustomed to point and shoot type of cameras, the first few rolls were underexposed. The Lubitel 166+ taught me to factor in light, aperture and shutter speeds into consideration. The manual controls forced me to think before I clicked the shutter.
The Lubitel 166+ also comes with a Lubikin Set to modify the camera to take in 35mm films. The Lubitel 166+ can expose around 22 – 23 frames with a regular 36-shot film negative. You can also turn the camera sideways to get horizontal shots.
With an expanded field of view and its ability to produce high quality images and capture minute detail, medium format photography has become the top choice of many photographers. Lomography is working hard to make sure that it keeps going with the continued production of medium format film and cameras. The current issue of German magazine FOTO HITS focuses on medium format photography. And with this rumble, we want to prove why medium format photography is king. Take your Diana F+, Holga 120, Lubitel 166+ or the new Lomo LC-A 120 and show us your best square shots!
Papajay is a Hong Kong-based film director who joined the LomoKino Festival in 2013. An expert at shooting movies using film, Papajay still shoots using Super 8 and Super 16 cameras for his film projects. This time, he tried a very rare medium for film-making — LomoChrome Purple 16mm Motion Film.
For Angela, anyone who wants to take a plunge into medium format photography should consider starting with a Yashica A. In this interview, she expounds more on what she loves about this TLR and why its the perfect gear for beginners.
Stephen Dowling is no stranger to the LC-A 120 camera; he has brought it on trips to Brighton, Malta and most recently, on a holiday in Istanbul. In this feature, Stephen talks about his experience shooting with this medium format camera around the markets and mosques of one of Turkey's most colourful and vibrant cities.
Robin Rimbaud is a UK based artist, record producer, and composer who works under the name "Scanner" in reference to his use of mobile phone signals and police scanners in his early performances. He has worked on soundtracks for films, sound installations, radio, dance and theater. Robin also has a passion for medium format photography, owns a Holga camera and has a unique photographic style. Get to know him in this interview, where he talks about his personal work as well as his experience with the Lomo LC-A 120.
The LomoLab EU has moved and is now open for business! Analogue lovers from Austria, Germany, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxenbourg, and the rest of Europe can send their films to:
However, if you're based in Germany - and you don't mind a longer waiting time, you can still send your rolls for processing to:
Lifesmyle Store Berlin - LomoLAB
Summer is the best time to try some fun Lomography films! The sun heats up the colors, making everything super vibrant and colorful. How about transforming those sunny colors into crazy and amazing hues? It's as easy as loading up a roll of LomoChrome Purple or LomoChrome Turquoise into your favorite film camera! Good news - they're on sale!
"Is it acceptable to photograph the homeless?" is one of the most hotly-debated topics when it comes to street photography. There are two opposing sides to this: those who believe it is, and those who don't. For those who do, capturing such photographs is mere documentation of the world around us. For those who don't, doing so is a form of exploitation.
Shooting on film is a never-ending learning process for self-taught photographer Dee. Working with a tangible medium enables her to freely manipulate the photographs to suit the sentiments she wants to convey, during a shoot or afterwards in a darkroom.