I’ve been really looking forward to shooting with the Lubitel 2 – my dad kindly gave me it; it was his first camera when he bought it back in the 1960s.
Here’s a snap of my dad giving me the camera (taken with a FED5 and Industar 61 L/D lens on Kodak TMAX400):
It’s the second TLR camera I have (I’ve also got the beautiful Yashica Mat) and it’s the cheaper and more basic of the two. The composing and focusing is a bit tricky, especially when shooting kids. I wasn’t really expecting much from it, but the results really impressed me. It’s a wonderful little camera, I love it! Even more so because it was my dad’s.
Some of the specs:
- LOMO T-22 75mm f/4.5 taking lens
- Shutter speeds: 1/250, 1/125, 1/60, 1/30, 1/15, Bulb
- Apertures: f/4.5, 5.6, 8, 11, 16, 22
- 120 Film
- Film advance knob, which doesn’t cock the shutter. Advancing is manual; you have to watch the frame numbers on the paper backing through the red window
- Focus via a small ground glass spot in the middle of a bright viewfinder, a small loupe helps with the focusing (a little)
I loaded the film with a roll of Ilford HP5 Plus 120 rollfilm and here are all 12 frames (including the duff ones):
01/12 – The first frame was shot using light from our front door (after opening it!)
02/12 – Abi on our door step with Josh still sitting inside after shooting the first frame:
03/12 – Unfortunately Josh threw his head back right as I pressed the shutter button…
04/12 – Abi again
05/12 – Abi doing her usual pose when asked to smile:
06/12 – Jodie in our garden
07/12 – Jodie again:
08/12 – An out of focus Lynsey! Drinking tea…
09/12 – Abi with her toys:
10/12 – Josh looking a little surprised:
11/12 – Lisa, Abi, Josh and Jodie
12/12 – I was busy messing around with the focus and I accidentally set off the shutter – it’s very sensitive! Oops!