The Lubitel+ is – first and foremost – an individual. It has its own unique creative strength. Its pictures have their very own look and special character. You can easily see the analog nature of each image, the love and care of the Lomographer behind every individual situation, the grand history of this long-standing camera and philosophy. Lubitel images are sharp as a tack and bursting with colors and contrast. The image often darkens and gets a bit blurry at the edges, drawing your eye into the center and defining your subject within a soft-sided frame. Like a true lover, they are loyal to the objects of your affection (your subjects) and capture their beauty to the fullest extent.
You’ll want to slow it down and take your time. Each shot requires an aperture setting, a shutter setting, and a focus setting. Embrace all the little dials and knobs, and throttle down a bit.
Plan out each little bit and savor every single moment. Size up your subject, get close, No batteries are needed. Lubitel love is simply powered by gears, cranks, springs, and a little bit of your affection. And remember, true love cannot be rigid or stubborn. Shoot 120 or 35mm film. Take two, three, or fifteen shots on the same frame. Take a perfect endless panorama. Or shoot a huge, overlapping, multi-exposed behemoth image that spans the entire roll. Carefully focus and plan each shot. Or (quite literally) shoot from the hip with the camera at your waist level, a focus zone sorta set, the aperture & shutter more or less correct, and your finger blazing away at the shutter release every second that something attractive crosses your eye. Love stories are boring when the ending is always the same. Use your Lubitel+ to tell an entirely new tale.
But don’t just take our word for it. Experience a bit of burning Lubitel Love for yourself via our amorous sample galleries.
ALL IN THE FAMILY
Given our immense love for the classic Soviet-era Lubitel - and the sheer amount of Lomographers who are hopelessly devoted to it - we couldn't leave it out of this gallery. Please note that some of the square medium format images were taken with a Lubitel - not a Lubitel+, and were graciously submitted to us by the Lomographic Community. The other formats, like 35mm and Endless Panorama, are unique to the Lubitel+, and come exclusively from that camera.