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Lomography Lubitel 166+ 35mm/Medium Format Twin Lens Reflex (TLR) Camera with Built-in 75mm f/4.5 Lens

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Product Highlights

  • Glass Lens
  • Multiple 120 & 35mm Formats
  • Accepts Standard Cable Release
  • Standard Hot Shoe

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The Lomography Lubitel 166+ is an inexpensive multi-format TLR camera, and a recreation of the Soviet-era classic Lubitel camera. With a twin-lens design (one lens for viewing the scene and one for shooting it) and plastic body, this fully manual camera put pro-quality images within the reach of the Soviet public. Its name, meaning "Amateur" in Russian, reflected its simplicity. Several models of Lubitels were introduced until production ended in the mid 1990's.

The Lubitel 166+ is a twin lens reflex camera. A viewing lens on top looks at your subject while the 75mm f/4.5 taking lens on the bottom shoots them. In addition, this ''plus" model features a pop-up viewfinder with an improved perfectly flat ground glass, which covers 100% of the image. This way you can also use the camera for waist-level shooting.

This non-metered classically-styled twin-lens reflex camera is patterned in the time-honored design of older Yashicamats. It features manual film wind advance and separate shutter speed and aperture levers, and two built-in exposure guides tell you the appropriate shutter & aperture setting for any light situation.

The Lubitel 166+ has a wide choice of film formats to choose from. In addition to shooting in the 6 x 6cm format, the camera is supplied with a 6 x 4.5cm format mask which fits inside the camera and allows the photographer to obtain 16 exposures from 120 film. Or you can shoot an endless stream of images with no space between frames - thereby crafting a uniquely analog panoramic image which can run the entire length of your film. With the use of the Lubikin 35mm conversion kit, the camera can be adapted for use with 35mm film. However, the result will be an image that's a vertical panoramic 58mm (in vertical orientation), with exposed sprocket holes!

Classic Design

Inexpensive all manual Twin Lens Reflex (TLR) camera
All-manual control
Waistlevel viewfinder
Accepts standard cable release and tripod

Improved Features

100% coverage waist level viewfinder
Closer focus, down to 2.6' (0.8 m)
Easy zone focus mode, with distance settings of 0.8 m, 1.5 m, 3 m, and infinity
Two handy exposure guides (one aperture-priority, one shutter-priority) printed on back of camera
Standard hot shoe with X-sync
Ability to rewind 120 roll before end of roll
Camera Type Manual focus, leaf shutter, Twin Lens Reflex (TLR)
Format 6 x 6cm, 6 x 4.5cm (with masking frame), 58x33mm 35mm portrait format (with sprockets visible), medium format 120 "endless" panorama
Film Back/Loading Standard manual loading, match arrows, close back and wind to first frame
Film Type 120 film: 6 x 6 (12 frames); 6 x 4.5cm (16 frames)
35mm film: 58x 33mm vertical panorama with exposed sprocket holes
Lens/Mount Built-in 75mm f/4.5 lens (f/4.5-22), equivalent to a 52mm lens in the 35mm format
Shutter Mechanical lens shutter; Shutter speeds 1/15th sec. to 1/125th and B
Shutter Release Release on camera body lower front; Accepts standard mechanical cable release
Self Timer No
Flash Synchronization Hot shoe X-sync
Mirror Lock-Up Not necessary
Exposure Metering N/A
Exposure Bracketing N/A
Exposure Compensation N/A
Depth-of-Field Preview No
Viewfinder Folding viewfinder hood
Viewfinder Info None
Film Transport Permanent manual film winding crank located on camera body side
Multiple Exposure No separate switch but possible by not advancing the film and re-shooting
Focusing System Manual with rotating knob; Minimum focusing distance = 0.8m (2.6')
Power Source None
Custom Functions No
Data Imprinting No
Tripod Mount 1/4" standard socket
Dimensions Not Specified by Manufacturer
Weight Not Specified by Manufacturer
Lomography Lubitel 166+ 35mm/Medium Format Twin Lens Reflex (TLR) Camera with Built-in 75mm f/4.5 Lens
  • Lubikin 35mm Conversion Kit
  • 6 x 4.5 Mask
  • Endless Panorama Mask
  • Neckstrap
  • Roll of 120 Color Negative Film
  • Hardcover Lomography Book
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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