When you think of the Russian camera manufacturer, LC-A, "LOMO" maybe come first in your mind.
But in fact, it has produced a large variety of cameras, and those blow off the common knowledge of "High price camera, High performance".
The features of Lubitel 166 Universal are small!, light! and cheap!.
Comparing this with Rollei TLRs, it may look seedy, but the body weight of 550 grams lessens the burden when you carry it.
Over 90 % of materials are made of plastic, which made it possible the light weight.
Although this has a kind of toy-like appearance, it, in fact, attracts a large number of people worldwide for its compact body and unique lens performance.
Unfortunately, this isn't manufactured now and they say it's very hard to obtain it these days.

Whether it's good or not, this surprises you when you take a picture with it.

Taken with Lubitel 166 Universal ..1 ..2 ..3 .. 4 ..5

  • First introduced in 1987
  • Camera type : 6x6, 6x4.5cm format TLR camera
  • Film : 120 roll film
  • Taking lens : T-22 75mm f/4.5
  • Sectors : eight
  • Shutter : B, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250 sec.
    with built-in self-timer and flash sync contact.
  • Aperture range : f/4.5 - f/22
  • Viewfinder : focusing hood with direct-view finder built-in.
  • Focusing screen : Fresnel lens screen
  • Focusing : front-element focusing
  • Closest focusing distance : 1.4 meter
  • Filter accepted : 40.5 mm, screw-in type
  • Frame count : Film counting window
  • Body dimensions : H126 x W98 x D95mm
  • Body weight : 550 grams.

The focusing hood is open.
Its appearance is Lubitel 166 B's all over except it employs 6 x 4.5cm frame adapter and the film counting window.

The focuisng lever interlocks with the gear on the taking lens, and the taking lens interlocks with the view lens through the gear on each lens.

Very bright finder...until you try to focus subject through it.
And the focusing screen tends to vignette at each corner.

The structure inside is very simple. The figure left shows the 6 x 4.5cm format adapter for Lubitel 166 Universal.
The film counting windows are provided both for 6 x 6cm format and 6 x 4.5cm format.

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