Lubitel 166B

The Lubitel 166B is a TLR film camera made in the Soviet Union by LOMO, the Leningrad Optical-Mechanical Union (Ленинградское Oптико-Mеханическое Oбъединение). This medium format camera was manufactured from 1980 to 1989 and around a million units were made. It was an enhanced version of the previous model, the Lubitel 166, the Lubitel 2 and previously the Komsomolets, and they were all marketed towards amateur photographers (lubitel means amateur in russian). The 166B was crafted in a thermoplastic body, making it a lightweight and convenient TLR to carry around (the 166 was made of bakelite).

It incorporates a coated lens, two viewfinders (optical and frame one), diaphragm shutter with wide range of speeds(1/250 to 1/15), self-timer and flash synchronizer. Due to reflex viewfinder it is possible to take pictures at high level holding the camera over the head as well as turning it horizontally at the right angle. The 75mm “Triplet 22” lens (known for its very sharp and high-contrast images) has an aperture from f/4.5 to f/22, and focuses close at just over a meter.

Made in the Soviet Union by LOMO, the Leningrad Optical-Mechanical Union (Ленинградское Oптико-Mеханическое Oбъединение) between 1980 and 1989
Lubitel means amateur in russian
75mm “Triplet 22” lens
120 film format

Illustration by @camxatca 

Photographies by @retro_spective 

“I mainly got into photography because it feels like a super power. Capturing a moment while the world moves around feels like being able to stop time. Having that image frozen in time feels good. I use old cameras because in a way it feels like connecting to the past.” explains Kevon @retro_spective

Kevon was the winner of our first giveaway and he now has a poster of this illustration