Lomo LC-A

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LOMO LC-A camera
TypeCompact, point and shoot
LensFixed, Minitar 1 32mm f/2.8
Film format35mm (135)
Film size36mm x 24mm
Film speed25-400
Film advanceManual
Film rewindManual
Focus modesManual, zone focus (0.8m, 1.5m, 3m, )
Exposure modesProgrammed auto, manual with fixed shutter speed
Exposure meteringCadmium Sulphide (CdS light meter
FlashHot shoe only
Flash synchronization1/60s; rear sync. only
ShutterElectronically controlled
Shutter speed range2m to 1/500s
BatteryThree S76
Dimensions107 x 68 x 43.5 mm

The LOMO LC-A (Lomo Kompakt Automat) is a fixed lens, 35 mm film, leaf shutter, zone focus, compact camera introduced in 1984. Its design is based on the Cosina CX-2, with the difference being that it lacks a swiveling front and self-timer.[1] It was built in Soviet-era Leningrad by Leningrad Optics and Mechanics Association (LOMO).[2]

Production of the camera ceased in 1994.[3] In the mid-1990s, a group of enthusiasts from Vienna persuaded LOMO to restart production,[2] which continued until 2005, and they formed the Lomographic Society International, distributing these cameras around the world.

The LOMO LC-A's replacement, the LC-A+, was introduced in 2006 and production moved to China.[4] The LC-A+ featured the original LC-A Minitar-1 glass lens manufactured by LOMO in Russia.[5] This changed in 2007 and lenses on subsequent models have been made in China.[3] Some LC-As were sold badged as Zenith,[6] this label was only a sticker underneath the lens. Zenit (Zenith in some countries) is a trademark of KMZ (Krasnogorsk Mechanical Works).

Austrian company Lomography now offer three versions of the LC-A, the LC-A+ and LC-Wide in 35 mm format and the LC-A 120 in medium format.[7]


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+).[3]

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.[3]

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).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Lomo LC-A's Father - The Cosina CX-2". 8 August 2011. Retrieved 2020-03-15 – via www.lomography.com.
  2. ^ a b Dowling, Stephen (22 November 2012). "Did the Lomo camera save film photography?". BBC News. Retrieved 2018-05-10 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  3. ^ a b c d "Lomo LC-A+ 35mm Camera - Microsite - Lomography". Lomo LC-A+ 35mm Camera - Microsite - Lomography. Retrieved 2018-05-10.
  4. ^ "Lomos: New take on an old classic". BBC News. 22 September 2007. Retrieved 2018-05-10 – via news.bbc.co.uk.
  5. ^ "Lomography". www.lomography.com. Retrieved 2022-12-06.
  6. ^ "LOMO LC-A - Camera-wiki.org - The free camera encyclopedia". camera-wiki.org.
  7. ^ "Classics - Cameras – Lomography". shop.lomography.com. Retrieved 2022-12-06.

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