Stephan has more than 20 cameras in his collection but the Lubitel 166+ remains his favorite because of its versatility as a medium format camera. Read on why Stephan Kaps, aka mephisto19, regards the Lubitel 166+ as the perfect camera for his multiple exposure projects, portraiture, and other personal photography experiments in this installment of Weapon of Choice!
Name: Stephan Kaps
Location: Utrecht (the Netherlands) & Lindhorst (Germany)
Weapon of Choice: Lubitel 166+
Tell us more about yourself.
I am 33 years old. I am a breathing, speech, and voice teacher (method Schlaffhorst and Andersen) but I am currently taking fine arts at Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Braunschweig, Germany. Aside from my German Heimat, I have second home in Utrecht, a beautiful city in the center of Netherlands. I live in a sort community with 44 people.
In my artwork, I try to work with overlapping time, overlapping frames, and multiple exposures wherein rhythm is a very important point. Next to photography, I work with language and sound, and also with film. I also like to write about art to get a better understanding of it. I want to be able to properly structure my thoughts so I can communicate better.
If I should choose what to do for a living, there are three fields that I am equally interested in: photography, cooking, and teaching.
Why is Lubitel 166+ your Weapon of Choice?
Apart from being one of the first Lubitel Lovers, I really like to use the Lubitel 166+ for my multiple exposures projects. The range of its settings is perfect for my needs. The lens is very clear. Also, you can rewind the film for multiple exposure. It is also very nice to use it for overlapping panoramas.
The Lubitel 166+ is also my choice for portraits. It has a compact size and is not as heavy as other medium format cameras. Also, the meter setting is so simple that you can use it even without looking.
Any memorable experiences you’ve had while using the Lubitel 166+?
When I was taking a series of multiple exposures in the garden of the Dome of Utrecht, I set my Lubitel in a tripod. By doing so, I was able to concentrate on adjusting the camera’s setting. After finishing the first roll, I looked up and saw about 20 people watching. In general, people react curiously to the Lubitel and sometimes tell their children that it is just an old camera. But I always tell them that it was made in 2008. This always leave them surprised!
Would you recommend the Lubitel 166+ to other Lomographers? If yes, to whom do you have in mind?
Anybody. The Lubitel 166+ is a simple camera but you should have an idea of the relation between exposure and aperture.
When using the Lubitel 166+, what are you favorite subjects to photograph and why?
Buildings and people – these are what interest me the most.
Stephan shares five of his favorite Lomographs taken using his Weapon of Choice, Lubitel 166+
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.