A few months ago I took possession of an old camera (a Lubitel 2) of dubious heritage. A skip was mentioned. It looked OK, but then I took it from its case and saw the bottom was in pieces. Never mind. Into the ‘drawer of doom’ with it.
Then, a couple of weeks ago I am browsing round the Lomography website pondering a new avenue of photography when I see the Lubitel 166B. Hmm, I like it. Hmm, name rings a bell… [rummage] I already have one!
So, I get to work with gaffer tape and fix it’s bottom. Decipher the inpenetrable instructions which are a literal translation from the Russian (would be quite amusing if not so necessary). Load it with film and take myself to the beach to test it out.
Everything about it is manual, there’s no light meter so lots of guesswork and calculating is required. It’s a twin lens reflex so involves looking down onto a large viewfinder in order to frame and focus the shots. Twelve shots later I’m at the phot lab and crossing my fingers. I’m not sure if it was the finger crossing or gaffer tape that did the trick but they all came out and I love the way they look.
The lighting is gorgeous and I’m impressed by the sharpness and depth of field. This one is my absolute favourite…
I’ve ordered lots more medium format film and can’t wait to shoot some more!