The Lomo LC-A+ KRAB underwater housing is a great product, especially for people like me with little kids! It protects the LCA from hailstorms and little people who like splashing.
Twas last Friday that I clicked over to Lomography.com and saw the LC-A's new underwater housing, KRAB, featured in the online shop. I did not hesitate to order it that very day. It was the perfect way to combine two of my passions: photography and water.
By and large, what I photograph are my children, who are 2 and 3 years old. They are EXTREMELY cute. They are also fairly unpredictable, which makes photographing them in or near water an anxious event for me for two reasons. One is that I wish to protect my camera from being grabbed by wet hands and/or dropped in water and/or splashed by water. The other reason is that I also need to be able to grab a kid – in a second – who has gone underwater. KRAB was the perfect solution!
There’s another benefit to KRAB besides the mere fact that it makes your LC-A waterproof. Its microsite proclaims:
Wonderful for all-weather and extreme action use too!
Planning a ski trip? Chasing a hurricane? Planning to shoot in the next hailstorm? The KRAB not only protects your LC-A+ from water, but from all kinds of extreme natural situations that are otherwise camera-unfriendly.
Another “natural situation that is otherwise camera-unfriendly” is cameras and kids. With my LC-A encased in KRAB, I can hand it right over to them with nary a care. Plus, the kids love it when I say, “Kick some water at the camera!”
I feel that I’ve now put KRAB through its paces. I’ve had it out with the kids while playing with a sprinkler. I’ve had it in a pool. And I’ve had it at the beach. I have to say that it’s been the most fun I’ve had with a camera in a long time (and I almost always have fun with my cameras, so that’s really saying something!). Feel to check out my KRAB album to get a look at the shots for yourself. In some of the shots, the LC-A isn’t actually IN the water, but I included them so that you can see how/if the housing affects dry shots.
Film: expired Fuji Provia 400F
Tip: When intending to cross-process this film, I’ve found it really lightens up the photos if you set the LC-A’s ISO down to 200.
The one major flaw of KRAB
KRAB allows you to release the shutter and to advance the film, and that’s it. There’s no way to change the focusing distance. So when your LC-A goes in, you’ve committed yourself to taking all of your photos at a set distance until you are able to open KRAB up and change the focal length. This is far from the end of the world, and I can see that it would be very difficult to waterproof access to that mechanism, but it is certainly an inconvenience, especially when taking photos of little people who move around a lot!
That being said, long live KRAB! I’m looking forward to bringing it with me all summer long!