Love at First Lomo: My First Love with the LC-A

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Many years ago, I found a Lomo LC-A camera in a flea market. This was in the early '90's when Lomography was still unknown in Italy. I bought two of these cameras together with a Fed 2, Zorki 4, and a Lubitel 166U. But I never used the Lomo cameras until 2008... Why? Read on to find out!

Why? Because I thought that the camera was a cheap ‘point and shoot’, without its own character. So I put the camera in a box for many years thinking it was a good item to give as a gift in the future. At that time I used a Zenit E, with its wonderful Helios 44-2 lens, and the Russian Leica clones, as Fed 2, Zorki 4, and Fed 5. I always loved rangefinder cameras because I’m mainly a sport and street photographer, and the range finder is great for fast focusing.

One day, in the 2008, I discovered some beautiful and colorful photos on the internet, while searching for some photos of a bus and tramway for a research in the field of public transportation. One of these photos was also on Wikipedia “Lomografia”. So, when I read the article, I quickly inserted a film roll on my Lomo LC-A and bought three LR44 batteries to test it.

Surprise, surprise! Wonderful colors, great vignetting! This is my first Lomographic photo (that I printed on a photographic paper 20×30 cm and placed outside the door of my room!)

From 2008 to 2012 I bought a Smena 8M, a Holga 120CFN and others cameras! But my preferred “lomo” camera iis always the LC-A! Now this camera is always with me!

Here some other photos from my first roll:

I seldom use cross-processing. I prefer fresh film, both black and white or color. The Minitar 1 lens is great “as is”… without need of cross-processing! Every photographer must be the owner of a LC-A! A unique camera!

What was the first Lomo camera you owned and fell in love with? Share your stories and check out our requested posts for this month to earn more Piggies! Meanwhile, you can check out other Love at First Lomo stories from our community members.

written by sirio174 on 2012-02-02 in #lifestyle #nature #february #lake #love-at-first-lomo #como #lomo-lc-a #trees #italy #shutter

One Comment

  1. taranoia
    taranoia ·

    ... and too think all this time it was just tucked away in a box! ;)

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