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Marcy's Lomo Lubitel 166 Universal Camera Experience:
This camera is really too good for me. I found it at a junk store in Grayland, Washington. It is capable of making some fabulous images! Like I said, It's capable of making them , but I don't know if I'm capable. Case in point:
I'm getting ready to go to this art thing and I'm trying to figure out what to wear when I'm distracted by the Lubitel ... exactly how close can it focus anyway? So I've got it on the floor, pointed at something, the shutter is cocked. As I'm focusing, I get to the close focus stop and I feel the focus gear jump a tooth. So I turn it around and start messing with it to see if something is loose. The shutter clicked and I didn't think anything of it... until later ... in the darkroom ... when I howled with laughter at AMAZON WOMAN in her granny undershorts, no less! "Run Raggedy Ann. Run!"
The Lubitel accepts 120 film. I couldn't possibly deliver as much information as what is available here:
The Lubitel 166 Resource Page Visit it. It's a great site!
I ended up using tracing paper, laid onto the film plane to correct the focus setting. There appears to be no avenue, aside from breaking the camera apart, for any permanent repair. The camera body is nearly completely plastic with no obvious access to the guts of the viewing lens, which appears to be the questionable part. I guess Lomo figured that if you're only paying about $30 for a new one, when it breaks you simply buy another. The focus between the viewing lens and the taking lens isn't really loose, just kinda loose. As long as I'm careful when I focus, aware of the tooth decay, everything works just fine.
I took the following with 120 Ektachrome, 50 iso, tungsten no less. The film's expiration date was in 1981:
McKeown's PRICE GUIDE TO ANTIQUE & CLASSIC CAMERAS 2001-2002 states, "Lubitel 166 Universal - c1983-93. Similar to 166, but dual format capability. Reducing mask allows 4.5x6cm exposures. $25-35."
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