Lomo LC-A

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LOMO LC-A camera
Type Compact, point and shoot
Lens Fixed, Minitar 1 32mm f/2.8
Film format 35mm (135)
Film size 36mm x 24mm
ASA/ISO range 25-400
Film advance Manual
Film rewind Manual
Focus modes Manual, zone focus (0.8m, 1.5m, 3m, )
Exposure modes Programmed auto, manual with fixed shutter speed
Exposure metering Cadmium Sulphide (CdS light meter
Flash Hot shoe only
Flash synchronization 1/60s; rear sync. only
Shutter Electronically controlled
Shutter speed range 2m to 1/500s
Battery Three S76
Dimensions 107 x 68 x 43.5 mm
Weight 250g
Released 1984

The LOMO LC-A (Lomo Kompakt Automat) is a fixed lens, 35 mm film, leaf shutter, zone focus, compact camera introduced in 1984. The design is based on the Cosina CX-2.

In 2005, production of the original Lomo LC-A was discontinued. Its replacement, the LC-A+, was introduced in 2006 and production moved to China. The LC-A+ featured the original LC-A lens manufactured by LOMO in Russia. This changed in 2007 and lenses on subsequent models have been made in China.[1] Some LC-As were sold badged as Zenith,[2] this label was only a sticker underneath the lens. Zenit (Zenith in some countries) is a trademark of KMZ (Krasnogorsk Mechanical Works).


The only automatic function offered by the LC-A is exposure. Film loading, winding, rewinding, and focus adjustments are accomplished manually. Aperture can also be set manually, the shutter speed being fixed at 160 s (this ability was removed from the LC-A+).

Exposure is completely automatic when the camera is set to "A"; the shutter speeds range from 2 minutes to 1500 s. The aperture range is f/2.8 to f/16. The automatic exposure system compensates for changes in light levels after the shutter is opened by increasing or decreasing the shutter speed. This, in conjunction with the rear-curtain flash-sync, results in interesting effects with flash photography in low ambient light levels.

The lens is focused by selecting one of four zones (0.8 m, 1.5 m, 3 m or ). Older versions of the camera feature viewfinder icons showing the currently selected focus zone, a feature omitted from later models.

A battery checking feature uses a LED inside the viewfinder; if there is sufficient power this illuminates whenever the shutter release button is lightly depressed. Another viewfinder LED illuminates whenever the camera's chosen shutter speed is below 130 s.

Lomo LC-A Viewfinder

Body design[edit]

The size and shape is very close to that of the Cosina CX-2, the main difference being that the lens bezel is fixed (unlike the rotating one of the CX-2). Power is supplied by three 1.5v silver oxide cells (S76, LR44).

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