I love my LC-A+ but one of its flaws is you can’t get really close to your subject. Luckily there is an easy fix that involves an LC-A splitzer, the right close up filters, and two minutes of your time.
The lens on the LC-A is fixed and the closest you can move in on your subject is 0.8m. While most of the time this should be sufficient, there are plenty of occasions I would like to get closer. Trying to find a solution rapidly sent me on my way to buy close up filters. I ordered a set of Neewer 37mm filters on eBay without thinking about how I was going to attach these to my LC-A+.
Waiting for my package to find its way from Hong Kong to Europe I came across my LC-A splitzer. A quick measurement showed the inner diameter of the splitzer was very close to 37mm. There was definitely some potential here!
The initial plan was to permanently fix the +1 filter on the splitzer, leaving the front thread exposed to attach any further filters. Turns out there is no need for glue at all! If you have the right set of filters and dismantle the splitzer carefully, things fit perfectly! Here’s how.
If you take a close look at your splitzer you’ll see there is a thin metal rim holding the plastic discs in place. The rim can be taking out fairly easy by turning it, and moving the place where it is cut from underneath the plastic tabs. Take out the rim without damaging it and lift out the plastic discs and two incredible tiny ball bearings. Put the metal rim back in place, sliding the opening underneath the plastic tabs. And you’re done!
You can attach the 37mm filter to the splitzer by applying little pressure and a bit of twisting and turning. The filter doesn’t really screw on to the metal rim, but it does keep it firmly in place. Just turn it around to find that sweet spot, were you really feel the filter is kept securely. Adding extra filters is a breeze as you can use the threads for that.
The filter set I bought came with a carrying case. It holds the filters and is roomy enough to leave the splitzer attached. It looks as if it was made to accompany my LC-A+!