I would have sworn that "affordable" and "medium format" were mutually exclusive. I would have been wrong.
In this video, Kyle McDougall sets out with a pretty small budget and tried to find the best camera he could without going into the triple digits in price. He eventually decided on picking up a used copy of a Lomo Lubitel 166B and put a few rolls through it: Kodak Ektar, Kodak Portra 400, and Ilford HP5.
As one would expect from a review, Mr. McDougall had things he liked (mainly the price and the fact that it was medium format) and things that he didn't like. I couldn't help but think of my Mamiya RB67 while watching him go through the video. When he mentioned the slow max shutter speed of 1/250th, I thought about the Mamiya's max shutter speed of 1/400th (for most lenses). When he mentioned accidentally shooting multiple exposures, I thought back to all the times I've done that by accident (more than I care to admit!). All in all, I was impressed with the results of such an inexpensive camera and while I don't see myself going out and buying just for the sake of it, I wouldn't shy away from recommending it to someone looking to get into medium format on a budget.
Do you have any experience shooting with the Lubitel 166B or any other budget medium format film camera? What were your thoughts?