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This camera is one of two known prototypes of this first model of LOMO underwater - all weather camera. The name should probably be accurately translated to English as "Aquakon". The camera is based on a LOMO LC-A Kompact and the body of that camera is used in this prototype. The automatic exposure and focusing systems are the same as the LC-A.


Simple wide view Galilean viewfinder; Focusing by a winged knob on the front (left-handed) 0.8 meters – infinity (by guesswork); Exposure settings f. 2.8 – 16 and “A” (automatic) by winged knob on front (right-handed); Shutter speed set automatically (same system as LC-A only with small window on front, under rewind knob for CDS meter); Central shutter, 2 sec. – 1/500 sec.; Small light on the bottom left-handed side, probably to indicate low light level; Rewind knob also sets the film speed, viewable through a small windows on the back; Unusual reverse set film winding lever which also doubles as the shutter release when pushed inward (to wind film, pull out and back / to release shutter, push in towards body); Underwater depth guage on the back; Rubber seals all around the perimeter of the removable back and stainless steel latches on the sides; Three small batteries on the inside (not easily removable in this prototype) to power the automatic exposure system; Small turn screw on bottom to release sprocket column for rewinding.

Measurements: 5" wide x 3.75" tall x 2.25" deep. ….. Weight: 22.5 oz.

This prototype looks as though it would be water-tight for use underwater. It was never produced in series or pre-series. It was probably meant to replace the “KRAB” underwater housing for the LOMO LC-A and was followed by another prototype model, the Akvakon-2 which was motorized, with built-in flash, and fully automatic exposure.

written by life_on_mars

6 comments

  1. wuxiong

    wuxiong

    Cool camera, and I'd like to see the sample photos by this camera...<:)

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  2. life_on_mars

    life_on_mars

    its hard to find this camera on sale

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  3. lereile

    lereile

    wow, sounds really interesting!! it would be great to found one!! thanks for sharing the info!!

    about 3 years ago · report as spam
  4. king-louie

    king-louie

    nice!!

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  5. adash

    adash

    It looks gorgeous! I can imagine myself using one in the poring rain, while everybody is running for cover.

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  6. sunshaman

    sunshaman

    Крутой дизайн. Жаль что в серию не пошли. Интересно у какого нибудь работника ломо наверняка хранится в загашниках... добыть бы))

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