After months of procrastination, I have successfully converted my Lomo Lubitel 166 into one gem of a pinhole camera. My original plan was to keep the conversion simple by doing nothing more than removing the plastic lens and replacing it with pinhole shim. After completing this task without difficulty, the only thing left to do was buy some 120 film and a shutter release cable. With that, I set my newly altered Lubitel aside and ordered my supplies online, eagerly awaiting their arrival.
With 120 film and a cable release in hand, I put them on the shelf right next to the Lubitel pinhole; and there they sat…days turning into weeks, weeks into months…you get the picture. At any rate, dust began to collect, as it was months before I picked up where I left off. By this time I had collected a few vintage Polaroid cameras and had the idea to remove a film back from one of them and slap (or heavily duct tape) it to the back of the Lubitel. So once again, the conversion continued as I set up shop and busted out my Dremel, dedicating several, non-stop hours to cutting, buffing and taping plastic to plastic. In the end, a rather nice looking (duct tape included) pinhole camera emerged. Due to the smaller size of the Lubitel camera, I decided to go with the Polaroid back that takes Type 80, square format pack film. Plus, I still had a pack of Viva laying around, with more on it’s way (from Ebay).
After a few tests shots and some adjustments, I managed to produce a pretty good doll shot. I’ll be posting photos of the completed Lubitel Pinhole in the next few days, as well as additional images I take with the camera (once my film arrives). So, check back soon for updates. Comments and/or suggestions are always appreciated:)
What is Pinhole Day? Anyone, anywhere in the world, who makes a pinhole photograph on the last Sunday in April, can scan it and upload it to this website where it will become part of the annual Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day celebration’s online gallery.
Experimental pinhole photography I created using a homemade camera with a Polaroid back. All photographs were created on Polaroid and Fuji instant film.