The LOMO Kompact Automat (LC-A) was produced by LOMO PLC in St. Petersburg, Russia from 1984 until 2005. This compact 35mm film viewfinder camera was copied from the Cosina CX-2, but lacks its self-timer and swiveling front; and is built with cheaper components. The LC-A used a 3-element Minitar lens with noticeable vignetting, while the Cosina CX-2 had a 5-element lens.
The camera was sold with either LOMO, Ломо or ZENIT branding. The latter varient was for export.
It was the LOMO LC-A that sparked the Lomographic Society (LSI).
After production ended, LSI contracted with Phenix Optical Company in China to create an updated version called the Lomography LOMO LC-A+. This features a Chinese copy of the minitar lens but a variant is produced by the LSI, the LC-A+ RL, which features a Russian made Minitar lens.
The LSI have also introduced an ultra wide angled model LC-wide, based on the LC-A+. This features a 17mm ultra wide angle Minigon 1 lens.
- Lens: Minitar-1 3 element 32mm 1:2.8
- Focus: zone focus 0.8, 1.5, 3m or inifinty
- Field of vision angle: 63 degrees
- Frame size: 36x24mm
- Aperture: f/2.8 to f/16
- Shutter: electromechanical program shutter
- Shutter speed: 1/500 second to 2 mins
- Exposure sensor: sits above film speed display
- Viewfinder: Frame lines, parallax error, Battery LED, Low light warning LED (shutter below 1/30sec), focus zone indicators.
- Flash: X-type syncronisation in hotshoe at 1/60. Aperture manually set.
- Film Speed: 25-400ASA (some models rated in GOST)
- Batteries: 3xSR-44P silver oxide
- Standard Tripod mount
- Not threaded for cable release
- Lomo LC-A+ and LC-Wide pages at Lomography
- Lomo LC-A FAQ at http://www.kataan.org/
- Lionel's Lomo LC-A page (French)
- Overview of LC-A variations at Sovietcams.com