Lomo LC-A Russia Day: A Beauty in Black and Red


The LC-A Russia Day Edition is a beauty of a camera to hold and operate -- not to mention the quality of the images! Read what I thought and take a look at some of my photos after the jump!

As the LC-A Russia Day Edition is essentially the same as the LC-A RL, with just a redesigned aesthetic that includs red leather and a really cool metal emblem at the back, I’ll treat this as a review of the LC-A RL. Since I had the LC-Wide before I own this, I could give my opinions on the differences between them as well.

I’ve always been attracted to the Russia Day Edition because of its red and black colour scheme, but as I just purchased the LC-Wide a few months before, I decided to wait for a while and see if I can get enough piggies for a big discount. After numerous article submissions, I finally reached my target, and boy what a massive bargain for me because I only paid for the shipping in the end!

This camera offers the same exhilaration when opening its packaging; while it has less items in the box compared to the LC-Wide, it is still a fairly big one, although I would love it if films are included like the LC-Wide for us to start shooting straightaway! Back to the camera: each wrist strap design are apparently different, and I got gold and red for mine, adding to its regalia.

Operation wise, the camera is similar to the LC-Wide and hence I have no problem with the handling. One difference is the camera’s lens cover opens vertically instead of horizontally; and, without the half-frame option of the LC-Wide, the sliding is much smoother all the way. The viewfinder offers a view wider than I expected as well.

I tried the camera with a Fuji C200 first. Taking care of the focusing is now involves a bit more estimation – having got used to the LC-Wide’s incredibly convenient 2-distance focusing, now I needed to consider 4 distances. It takes a little practice but when spot on, the camera is really sharp. I also love that it is actually wide at a nice distance; not the crazy LC-Wide kind, but a good balance between getting close to the subject yet letting in decent surrounding angle too.

I also love the f2.8 lens — it helps tremendously with evening and night shots! The below 3 shots are taken handheld at night or late evening with a 200 film, and they appear great!

I brought the camera on my solo trip to Venice. During the 3 days there it was either raining or misty, and the sky was gloomy throughout — but the camera performed really well with a Lomography XPro 200. There was even an occasional light leak too!

I also exploited the Russia Day’s MX function on a trip to London’s Portobello Road. These were shot using a Fuji C200 too, and with an amazing weather that day, the camera performs at its best.

This little camera packs a great punch — the Russian lens works like charm in situations you never thought would turn out good. If you have been thinking of getting a LC-A RL, have some piggies to spare and love red and black, well then it’s as good as a gift for yourself can be!

The Lomo LC-A+ Russia Day will show you what Russian Passion is all about. Clad in red leather and decorated with fertility symbols, this special edition camera is limited to 2,000 pieces only. It is equipped with the legendary Russian Minitar 1 32/2.8 lens and comes in an exquisite black wooden lined with precious silk. Get your own Lomo LC-A Russia Day now!

written by shuttersentinel17 on 2012-02-13 in #reviews #nottingham #day #venice #lc-a #russia #double #london #portobello #2-8 #russia-day #requested #regal #review #l-a #lomography #malaysia


  1. rofllmaoqwerty
    rofllmaoqwerty ·

    i really like this want so bad! i just need to save up, i hope u guys wont run out

  2. jelencitta
    jelencitta ·

    I really love this camera, I wish I had one... enjoy it!

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