Introducing Lubitel+ Masterclasses: Mandi’s Film Speed Effects - Part 1!


100 ASA

100 ASA

With the recent launch of a jazzed-up classic – the fully manual Lubitel+ – we thought that a refresher course in back-to-basics photography would be useful. The Lubitel+ is a fully manual camera so in its honour we are taking you right back to photography fundamentals. Look out for more masterclasses on how to get the best out of your Lubi+.

Whether you are a happy spontaneous snapper or serious follower of technical detail, it’s always good to have a certain background concerning the aspects of photography. A little preparation can make life and shooting easier and a more enjoyable process if you keep some things in mind and take the right equipment with you when you take out your Lubitel+.

The first step is a decision what to pack in your bag. Of course, it would be the Lubitel+, a bunch of film, and maybe some additional tools and gimmicks you might want to use. Still, the logical question that arises: Which film type, which film speed?

To start things off, let’s talk about film speed.

FILM SPEED – when it comes to film speed, you are limited by availability. Not all brands and types of films are produced in various speeds. Typical film speeds are 100 – 400 ASA but if you take a short look at our shop you’ll also find 25, 50, 64 ASA on the slow side of the scale, 800, 1600 and even 3200 ASA on the hi-speed side.

The beauty of freestyle manual shooting with the Lubitel+ is that you can adjust the settings to get the best out most films.

100 ASA

A 3200 ASA film is worthless in a midday desert session, as the Lubitel+ does not have suitable settings for this extreme combination (very small aperture/very fast speed). It is however, just the thing for a dull Autumn afternoon office shot!

3200 ASA

On the contrary a 25 ASA film in a night shooting might need a really long time to complete exposure. NOTE CLASS! This means not all films are suitable for shooting in the bright sun, but you can use all films in nighttime, as long as you can/want to expose for a long time.

25 ASA

If you just want to take plain pictures, straight forward, don’t think – just shoot style, choose a medium speed film (100 – 400 ASA) as it leaves some room for alternative settings.

100 ASA
400 ASA

Stay tuned for part 2 as things get more technical in the world of film speed effects… Bye!

written by lucasjakobsson on 2008-10-11 #gear #tutorials #lubitel #film-speed #tipster #asa


  1. wil6ka
    wil6ka ·

    wow. the first photograph made my day!
    merci beaucoup!

  2. mephisto19
    mephisto19 ·

    great shots, mandi

  3. larslau
    larslau ·

    "NOTE CLASS! This means not all films are suitable for shooting in the bright sun, but you can use all films in nighttime, as long as you can/want to expose for a long time."

    Well I would have a look at the films reciprocity corrections before I went out for long nightexposures. With a lot of film there is a chance for reciprocity failure on these long exposures. Some fast films will become quite a bit slower with slow shutter speeds.

    If I needed to take serious nighttime photos I would use a tungsten film, since these are designed to provide accurate metering at slow shutter speeds.

  4. makeyuu
    makeyuu ·


  5. tmmluis
    tmmluis ·

    The Lubitel 166+ have a light meter?

  6. xpunklovex
    xpunklovex ·

    Wow ! Great shots ! And the lubitel seems to give very sharp images.

  7. drudolph
    drudolph ·

    Those shots are amazing Mandi. Thanks for these tips as well.

  8. stinketier
    stinketier ·

    The First Shot is awesome.
    Thanks for that!

  9. ndroo
    ndroo ·

    These are amazing! Did I buy a fake Lub 166+ or what? Why are my photos so way different? Haha. Cool work, Mandi.

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