I am crazy! I’m a sucker for new gear, I’m a G.A.S. victim if there ever was one, but what’s more, I’m a G.A.S. victim that has amazingly little money for the moment… and still I go for stupid stuff like the Lomo LC-A+ from Lomography.
I had a real Lomo LC-A, the old one, the russian one and I liked it. But the meter was inconsistent. the winder seemed a bit unreliable and I sold it on. Now I liked it as I said, and I wanted one again. And there’s the new one from Lomography, albeit at a hefty price. 250€ for a piece of mostly plastic made in China, but that’s what we are accustomed to from Lomography. Cheap stuff for big money.
And it’s got a copy of the original Minitar lens, also made in China, but you can get a Russian made lens….. at a premium of course.
When I got it I immediately noticed how light it felt, compared to the old one. The back closes only with some persuasion. The focusing lever seems not to be connected to anything, there’s a loose feeling when you move it, not as the real LC-A. But focus works.
Well, everything seems to work. And then there’s the ‘new’ features the old LC-A did not have:
Multiple exposures – ISO 100 to 1600 – a slot for various filters or add on lenses on the front cover…
Only the (mostly useless) aperture selector has been left out, and sadly also the useful focus information in the viewfinder. But you quickly get the habit of setting the focus zones.
Let’s not forget one of the real strong points of the Lomo LC-A+ – it’s capable of long shutter times, in fact, as long as you keep the shutter depressed! In fact, this is the ultimate compact long exposure camera.
The LC-A+ is fun, I like it, but I think it will not work for long, though I am always careful with my cameras. I already had the metal spring clip of the hotshoe falling off the camera when I took the flash off. Well I bent it into shape and slid it on again…. until next time.
Good thing is it got warranty! Guess I’ll need it before long, but until then I will enjoy my Lomo LC-A+ a lot. As I said, I love it AND I hate it… but so’s life!
It’s not your camera for documentation work, not for ‘serious’ photography for sure, but it takes nice pictures with flaws that can be beautiful. It’s a Lomo! That’s the essence of this camera that started the whole Lomography business.
You might loathe Lomography because of all that hipster stuff they sell at astronomical prices, but one thing is sure: Lomography contributed in a very large way to the reemergence of film photography. People, mostly young, start out with a Lomo or Holga, are intrigued by the whole film process and sometimes go on to ‘real’ cameras. They buy film, have it developed and scanned and thus keep all the film businesses running for a good part. This contributes to the fact that film is still available and will remain so until demand crashes. Let’s hope that Lomography will go strong for a long time and all hail the mighty Lomo LC-A+.
Here’s some pics to show you the wonderful things this piece of plastic is capable of. I just added a tiny bit of contrast and clarity in LR:
Just a quick update to say that I sold the dismally trashy Lomo LC-A+, at an obvious loss of course…
M first idea was to just use my beautiful Leica IIIa and have the XA2 always on me, but then I started to doubt. I scored eBay and found a hopefully ver y good, CLA’d real russian Lomo and bought it.
Should arrive next week and I’ll keep you up to date!
Thanks for reading.