My Lubitel166+U Camera


Field Testing The Lomo Lubitel 166+U.

I’m a fan of the luminous pictures that my Lubitel 166+ Universal takes. I picked her up at the Tokyo Lomography store in April of 2010. I was debating whether I should save my money for a ==Lomo LC-A == or the beautiful twin lenses of the Lubitel. I was drawn to the boxy shape and its waist level view finder. The crisp snap as the view finder springs open, the tiny magnifying glass, and the split bubble focusing screen. I loved the fact that this camera caused me to stop and think about the F-stop, the shutter speed, and the focusing. I was hooked.

The package came with the Lubikin, allowing 35mm film to run through the Lubitel. What a fantastic, efficient, and cost effective product! Now I have the ability to swap out the specialized 120 film for the readily available 35mm. When traveling, most tourist stops have 35mm film. Specialized photography stores have the 120 and I’ve learned that you should always carry plenty film.

For the Lubitel, I have found that running 35mm film through my camera sometimes causes scratches on the film. Initially I thought that it was because I was using expired film, then when I used new film and the same lines appeared.

I must admit that It’s not the easiest of cameras. Nor do I believe that they should be coddled. Within the first week that I had the Lubitel 166+U the rewind knob no longer locked in the down position. Which caused the little metal arm to flip flop around as you advanced the film, simple fix with a bit of tape.

My second malfunction, appeared while on vacation. The crisp snap of the view finder opening was handicapped as one of the springs unseated. Luckily only one of the springs stopped; which means to hear that snap I’ve got to open the top cover and then give the Lubitel a shake to snap the sides, causing a chain reaction.

My last complaint is the film advance knob’s plastic lid fell off and I lost it. So now the innards of the knob are exposed. The amazing pictures that the Lubitel creates outweigh the flaws I’ve found during my travels with the Lubitel 166+U.

written by renrep on 2011-03-25 #gear #review #lubitel #lubitel166 #lomography #tlr #film-camera #user-review #tlr-120 #lomo-lubitel-166u #lubitel166-u

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  1. log
    log ·

    I've had the same small problems as you have with your Lubitel+ (rewind lever flopping open & the advance knob lid coming off), along with the name-plate on the front coming off and the door latch cover coming off. I totally agree that the quality of the photos it takes far out weigh the small issues, but there is still part of me that thinks for the price we paid for this camera, it should be able to hold together a little better than what it has been.

  2. -walsh-
    -walsh- ·

    same here, my lubitel b which is about 30 years older and a tenth of the price has lasted much better.

  3. gabysalas
    gabysalas ·

    @log and @renrep: If there are any issues with the cameras we will of course take care of this. please contact

  4. sixsixty
    sixsixty ·

    Were you able to fix the scratches caused from the camera? I just got a new lubitel 166+ and my first rolls back all have those scratches throughout. Just wondering if this is something I can fix or if I need to send it back for a replacement. thanks

  5. renrep
    renrep ·

    @sixsixty: I guessed that the scratches have something to do with the little plastic attachment that connects to the bottom of the camera back to keep the 35mm film flat. I'll guess that a little masking tape or gaffers tape may do the trick. Good luck.

  6. sixsixty
    sixsixty ·

    That's what I'm thinking too. Just in case I sent my back to replacement since I just got my Lubitel. If the replacement does the same thing, I think I'm going for the tape trick.

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