Wannabe LC-Wide: The LC-A+ Wide Angle Lens


For my last Lomography Online Store haul, I made sure to purchase the LC-A+ Wide Angle Lens -- a cheaper alternative to buying a new LC-Wide. Here are my thoughts and critiques on this (really good-looking) amazing accessory!

Photo from the Lomography Shop

We all love to go wide, right?

I know it’s been awhile since the LC-Wide has been released, and it’s amazing to see how it has gathered an extremely large following with strong devotion from Lomographers all across the world. But this review is actually about the somewhat forgotten, somewhat under-represented, LC-A+ Wide Angle Lens.

Credits: dearjme

Let’s face it, sometimes, wider is better.

And for us Lomographers who couldn’t afford an entirely new LC-Wide, despite its beautiful attractions, there is a cheaper alternative. For $149.00 (okay, maybe not that cheap…), anyone can be a proud owner of a new lens that drastically affects the way you see “wide” on your trusty LC-A+.

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Wide angle lenses are technically defined as ones that have exceptionally smaller focal lengths in comparison to “normal” lenses in the same area/film plane.

The wide angle lens slides onto the accessory divets on the front of the LC-A+. With it on, the lens allows for your shots to now be 20mm in focal length, in comparison to its original 32mm. This equals a whopping 120 degrees of vision across the board.

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This difference in 12mm allows for some true metamorphosis in your photos. Not only does the LC-A+ now take wider photos, but it allows you to focus even closer than before (one of the major selling points for the LC-Wide) — up to 0.35m close! Talk about self-portrait time!

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But here’s the serious part. How does the wide angle lens compare to the LC-Wide? Surely the results can’t be exactly the same.

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The wide angle lens is not as wide as the LC-Wide, which boasts a 17mm ultra-wide lens. Now, that’s some extreme horizontal latitude.

However, the closest focusing distance for the LC-Wide is 0.4m (as stated on the microsite. If I’m wrong, please feel free to correct me!), which is not as close how the LC-A+ wide angle lens permits.

Also, the wide angle lens sometimes results in a “barrel effect” towards the ends of the photo, like such:

Credits: dearjme

This distortion is not as extreme as a fisheye. The LC-Wide photos I have seen on the Lomography website have not shown extreme barrel effects, that I know of. I suppose it’s an acquired taste, or just an effect that can add to or subtract from your photos — depends how you see it.

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Personally, I am thoroughly enjoying getting to know my LC-A+ with its wide angle lens. The lens, while attached to the camera, kind of makes the LC-A+ resemble an SLR body, with its extended lens shape.

Also, the wide angle lens adds some weight to the camera body, as well, making it feel sturdier, and helping me to keep the camera still when I’m doing longer exposures.

I’ve gotten a lot of compliments on how my beloved LC-A+ looks with the lens on, especially from people who have seen my LC-A+ without the lens. It sparks curiosity and great conversation.

It’s also fun to show people how the lens is detachable, and can even be held in front of the lenses of other cameras like my Lubitel 166+ or Canon AE-1 Program, showing how a wide angle lens really opens up the view and horizon. I suppose that could be called “free lensing,” in a crude way.

Any of you other Lomographers love your LC-A+ wide angle lens? Let me know how your lens has treated you. Lomo on!

Credits: dearjme

The LC-A+ Wide-Angle Lens expands the LC-A+ camera’s view into a 20mm super-wide and full-frame paradise. Your images will greatly exceed the limits of human sight, so get one at the Shop!

written by dearjme on 2012-06-21 in #reviews #lc-wide #lens #wide #review #angle #20mm #32mm #lc-a #user-review #lomography #focal

Mentioned Product

Lomo LC-Wide

Lomo LC-Wide

Capture your life in wide angle with the world's widest 35mm compact camera with a 17mm ultra-wide-angle lens.


  1. guanatos
    guanatos ·

    I'm actually thinking about getting one, so thanks for such a good review :)

  2. dearjme
    dearjme ·

    @guanatos Awesome! It's definitely worth the investment. :)

  3. istionojr
    istionojr ·

    sweet review! some of those are the point why I prefer wide angle lens though. :D

  4. af-capture
    af-capture ·

    Nice article! I have this lens..."economical" way to go wider....it is very well made...it adds more weight and volume...but overall I'm very please with the lens

  5. roxanneross
    roxanneross ·

    from the moment the lc-wide came out on the market, i've wondered about this lens.. very interesting.. thanks :)

  6. dearjme
    dearjme ·

    @istionojr Thanks! It's great to recognize common grounds between us Lomographers.

  7. dearjme
    dearjme ·

    @af-capture Very economical indeed. I love the added weight and volume, too.

  8. dearjme
    dearjme ·

    @roxanneross That's great! I'm glad that this article has helped your perspective a bit.

  9. istionojr
    istionojr ·

    @dearjme this is my first wide angle lens album that I've uploaded when the lc-w was just announced: www.lomography.com/homes/istionojr/albums/1713778-againts-t… lol

  10. af-capture
  11. dearjme
    dearjme ·

    @istionojr Love your first photo in the album! stunning

  12. dearjme
    dearjme ·

    @af-capture So wide!

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