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Review – LOMO LC-A
If you’ve made it this far, I’m assuming you’ve already done some research into the illustrious but understated, Lomo LC-A, and know what I’m talking about here..
I’ve been wanting an LC-A for ages. They’re not impossible to get, just very hard when you’ve got no fixed address.
Searching and searching to no avail, it seemed easier for me to go to it, so I did.
Russia, The home of LOMO!
Like the rest of the Lomo Cult following, I liked the quirkiness of it. I liked the unpredictability of the results, and I loved the vignetting.
I love its relative sleekness, I love that it doesn’t have any obtruding parts, I love that it wont accidentally fire when closed, and I love that you can throw it in your bag and not worry.
But there were a few more specific reasons behind my desire as well:
- Traveling the way I do, and the places I do, I wanted camera that would compliment and team up with the abundance of cheap and expired 35mm film I see everywhere.
Film thats been sitting in the window of that roadside kiosk for the last 8 years, the box is faded, and the new attendant doesn’t even really know what it is.
The type of place we’re they hold it up it, squint, shrug their shoulders, and say you can have it for 50c a roll.
- I wanted a camera that fell somewhere inbetween shooting my Hasselblad, and my G9. I wanted a carefree fixed length point-and-shoot. I wanted a camera that I didn’t have to stare at the back of before I shot it. I wanted a camera for the days when I didn’t have to take ‘proper’ photos.
Build & Size
You won’t fit the LC-A in the pocket of your jeans, but it will fit perfect in your jacket, backpack, handbag.
It’s one of the stronger camera’s I own and feels solid, I won’t say its indestructible because the first one I owned wound up destroyed (I purchased it like that), but for the most part its tough-ish, and if you take care of it, it should last forever!
All the functions are really tactile and it feels ‘nice’ to use.
I sit there winding and clicking even when there’s no film in it.
Use & Settings
I tend to use/set mine 3 different ways
1 – Aperture: Auto, Focus: Infinity. This is my prime setting. If I’m not indoors, this is predominately how I shoot.
2 – Aperture: 2.8, Focus: to suit. Indoors this is how I shoot, I want to force Lomo to suck in as much light as possible, not play Russian Roulette with long exposure times.
3 – Aperture: 16, Focus: Infinity. Sunny Landscape, I want it sharp all the way through.
I rarely look through the view finder, if I cared this much I shouldn’t be using the LC-A for the shot.
For the small amount I’ve shot it so far, I’m really happy with the results.
It suits its purpose well, and I enjoy every click.
Obviously colors will depend on your film type, but the vignetting is everything I wanted and more :)
The LC-A is GREAT and there’s not much I don’t like about it.
In my mind the only con is that it needs batteries to operate (3x SR44 or LR44).
I feel however that its very much a sunny/outdoors camera, though I know alot of people will disagree. If you want low-light indoor guaranteed shots, its probably not the right choice for the shoot.
Other than that it’s now one of my favorite camera’s and it will be hard not to take it everywhere.