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Lomo LC-A

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


  • Operation 1
  • Body design 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


The only automatic function offered by the LC-A is exposure. Film loading, winding, rewinding, focus 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, [1] 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

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


  1. ^ LC-A+ history
  2. ^

External links

  • Lomographic Society International
  • LC-A manual
  • Another LC-A manual
  • The LCA story
  • We use Film
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