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