Lubitel 166 U Review


A fantastic camera! It’s time you tried medium format through a waist level viewfinder!

The Lubitel 166 U is a camera i got before the Lubitel explosion on the Lomo site. I got mine from ebay from a very friendly chap in Scotland and for that i feel very attached to it. It takes marvelous photos with great contrast.
It didn’t come with instructions but with using the sunny 16 rule i have found it very easy.

The sunny 16 rule is you put the aperture at 16 in sunny weather and match the shutter speed to your film speed or the nearest. You can alter the aperture and shutter speed accordingly and it becomes easier with experience.
The top down viewer is very easy to use but its a little tricky at first to use the focusing ring, its mastered quickly though.
I’ve found that 400 iso Fuji Superia yields the best pictures and its best used during the day and could easily be converted into a nocturnal with a PC flash adaptor and a flash.

I love taking my Lubitel out and have “Lubitel days out” people stare but I have the patience to explain :)

Check out the Lubitel microsite

written by callumbum on 2009-08-07 #gear #review #day-time-camera #lubitel-166-u


  1. lomosexual_manboy
    lomosexual_manboy ·

    This is my fav model of all the Lubitels. I simply love it. Your gallery shows why.

  2. breakphreak
    breakphreak ·

    like that camera a lot. have you managed to load 35mm film into it somehow?

  3. eyecon
    eyecon ·

    THat´s a great gallery - especially the B/W stuff and I realy like # 8

  4. stouf
    stouf ·

    3 and 8 rock !!!

  5. zark
    zark ·

    Love No. 8!

  6. sibu_sen
    sibu_sen ·

    I love this camera too! I just wish I used it more… Just afraid to break it so am not carrying it everyday… I love shot 8 and 12.

  7. sublimation440
    sublimation440 ·

    Just got an original in mint, can't wait to actually get this baby going, currently have infrared film in it, but it expired in '92, so we'll see how it comes out :P This camera does have amazing colour from what I can see here, I can't wait :)

  8. pink1212
    pink1212 ·

    Great pics. That camera looks like it would be a lot of fun.

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