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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.

LC-A Specifications

  • 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