Blog by Michael Raso
It is painful joy testing a newly acquired vintage camera to discover that its quirky goodness is tainted by a mechanical defect. Such is the case with “new to me” 1980s model Lubitel 166u 6×6 Lomo camera.
I “got it” on e-bay for a very reasonable $35.us only to discover that the shutter “sticks” at 1/30th second (and below). Bummer…since it was advertised as “shutter works all speeds.”
The Lubitel 166U was made by Lomo in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), Russia. I suspect that the model I own was made sometime in the 1980s. Lens says Made in the USSR. Camera-Wiki page –http://camerapedia.wikia.com/wiki/Lubitel_166_Universal
It’s plastic, lightweight and almost impossible to focus. I repeat…impossible to Focus. So, I guessed the focal distance and used the top viewfinder to compose my shots only. Once I got past the focus issue, it was smooth sailing.
I’m pleased with the shots. Damn that sticky shutter though!
John Fedele on the skins! Shot on Kodak Verichrome Pan film.
The awesome Verichrome Pan film can be found at The FPP On-Line Store! http://filmphotographyproject.com/store
All images © Michael L. Raso