Okay, so I lied; its not my first taste of love, but it almost may as well be. Join me as I take you on the journey of my first experiences with the Lomo LC-A+ Russia Day in this review. There are many twists as well as turns, and just like true love, not all my experiences turned out how I expected, but it is love all the same.
Ever since my first taste of Lomography and everything this society stands for with the La Sardina, I knew I couldn’t resist. It was at that moment that I began my hunt for the heart of this movement, the Lomo LC-A, so, after many painful nights as a dish pig, and many attempts at earning piggies, I finally saved up enough to treat myself to love. However, this isn’t just any LC-A+ as I’m sure you know…
Beautiful. Safely stored away in a bright red solid box, I immediately knew something special was in my hands. Everything from the silver highlights to the classy seal only tempted me to find out what was inside. Housed safely within were an assortment of goodies, including my one of a kind medallion, camera strap and cable release, on top of all the other extras. People often underestimate the way in which a product is packaged, however, I beg to differ; it is the welcome party, the opening speech, the invitation into an exclusive club, and it definitely matters.
Smooth and solid. Ok, so the plastic, toy like feeling of my La Sardina has its own charm, its own unique attraction, however the Russia Day LC-A+ is on a different level. The solid, weight when one first picks it up makes you immediately take notice, the red goat leather not only grabs the attention of your eyes, but also of the tactile sensation of your fingers. Even the smell (yes I sniffed it…don’t you sniff your lover?) is inviting and organic, not cold or heartless like so many cameras before it. However, most importantly, the action is smooth and seamless. Winding each frame before the click is just right. The MX switch is perfectly placed, not too easy to accidentally flick, but not too hard to reach when you really need it. Opening the lens/viewfinder door is reassuring. This little camera is a beast in disguise.
Most important of all though, is the confidence this camera brings with it. Once all the fancy pants settings are taken care of by the circuit, and the punchy, powerful image-making is taken care of by that minitar 1 lens, all that’s left is for you, the shooter to find the courage and get those crazy shots. Like this one, shot from the hip:
Spontaneously extravagant. The rest of everything I have said here today may as well be rubbish if the pictures came out cold, heartless and just plain boring. Thankfully, they did not. Let me break it down:
*Vignettes: These were just right, not too sharp or obvious like a fake filter or Photoshop effect, not so feint that the subject was lost in a sea of ‘background’ and not too consistent, just how I like it. The soft, shadowy frame is like the bass guitar, almost unnoticeable but sorely missed when absent.
- Colors: The photos were almost literally dripping with colour. I never understood the metaphor until I experienced this, and it simply means that if a painter were to paint the pictures, he would use so much paint in shading the colours that his canvas would… well… ‘drip.’
- Exposure: Perfect every time. That wonderful little circuit board at the center of this beauty works like magic. Even situations where I second guessed myself after taking the picture for fear of being too dark or bright were met with dazzling results, and even the ones I didn’t expect were welcome.
|* Focus: That zone focus system is lightening quick, however this is the place for lovers spats. Granted, they were mostly my fault, one does take a while to get used to having 4 zones which, when combined with a wide aperture of 2.8 makes for some unpredictable results. When you get the distance right it is just magical, however, when you guess wrong, the results can be startling. Hence I feel it is important for me to continue shooting, to hone my skills. Yet, all the same, after the spat, we are able to reconcile and simply appreciate the picture, the captured moment for what it is: Love.
After all the ups and downs, the expected and unexpected, it is still love. Yes, this is my first roll and I am still learning the nuances of this beast, but I am having a blast doing it; isn’t that what this is all about? The camera is a joy to use and learn on, and is built like it could handle anything mother nature could throw at it. So come join me and find out what true love feels like!
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!