Camera Modification: Turn your LC-A+ into a Rainbow Camera!


Personally I am a huge fan of redscaling. It allows you to get some color in your photos, even on the grayest of days. But what if you just want to add the redscale effect to just some of your photos rather than shooting an entire roll this way? Easy enough: use a red filter! And while you're at it, why not throw in some other colors as well?! Read on to find out how you can turn your LC-A+ in to a rainbow camera!

Credits: sandravo

Some time ago I showed you an easy way to make close ups with your LC-A+ using a splitzer and close up filters. Making small adjustments to the modified splitzer opened a whole new, very colorful world for me!

The splitzer is the perfect device to fix things in front of your LC-A+ lens. Simply take out the plastic discs and glue an empty 37mm filter ring (empty as in take out whatever glass it is holding) in its place. Voila, you have an instant 37mm thread without hurting on permanently scarring your camera! You can find more details here. Last time I used this setup to make close ups, this time I used it to get some color in my photos.

Finding small color filters wasn’t very easy. On top of that I plan on using these same filters on all my other cameras as well, even the SLRs with bigger lenses. So I settled on 62mm filter size and used a 37-62mm step up ring (all of this can be bought cheap from Ebay). Screw everything together
and start shooting!

A rather boring picture…

The photo above isn’t a really interesting one, not much going on and no popping colors. To show you exactly what can happen when you throw a color filter in the mix, I put my LC-A+ on a tripod and made the exact same shot over and over and … only each time with a different color filter attached.

Credits: sandravo

As you can see, using a color filter drastically changes the atmosphere of the photo.

Credits: sandravo

Adding a star filter can change a boring picture into a great one! You can combine color and star filter, or anything else you can get your hands on, as long as they are the same size.

Credits: sandravo

Using a red or orange filter gives you an instant redscale effect, without flipping your film!

Credits: sandravo

You may have noticed that the large color filters almost entirely blocks the viewfinder. You are correct, it becomes really hard to see what you are photographing through the viewfinder. But that’s alright, it will help you put lomography’s rules into practice:
Rule #4: Try to shoot from the hip.
Rule #8: You don’t have to know beforehand what you captured on film.

Credits: sandravo

written by sandravo on 2013-05-16 in #gear #tipster


  1. deepfried_goodness
    deepfried_goodness ·

    I'm a fan of colour filters too. I've found the ones made for my Holga fit nicely on one of the lenses of my Zenit.

  2. sandravo
    sandravo ·

    @-bas-, @raapstelenstamppot, @134340, @avola This one is for you guys! Thanks again for your nice comments on my filter fun album :-)

  3. sandravo
    sandravo ·

    Thanks @deepfried_goodness! Too much filters is overkill, but when used at the right time it can do wonders!

  4. lucaro
    lucaro ·

    Great article!

  5. sandravo
    sandravo ·

    Thanks @Lucaro! Glad you likes it. If you try this yourself someday please show me your results ;-)

  6. bsdunek
    bsdunek ·

    I use filters all the time. It makes more sense to me than having to committ a whole roll of film to one color. I would get some smaller filters - I like to see through the viewfinder and frame my shots.

  7. sandravo
    sandravo ·

    Thanks for your comment @bsdunek! If i could have found cheap small filters, I might have bought them. But I couldn't find any 37mm color filters... Anywhere! This way, with the bigger size, I can use them on all my cameras. And I do try to live by that shoot without looking through the viewfinder rule, this way I have to! :-)

  8. muchachamala
    muchachamala ·

    I need to try this. Looks very well executed! Why doesn't lomography just sell this?!

  9. sandravo
    sandravo ·

    Good one @muchachamala! If they start selling I hope they pay me royalties! ;-)

  10. 134340
    134340 ·

    cool indeed! i just wonder if you would write the tipster and you do. haha nice! i'd love to try it !! :)

  11. daisymae
    daisymae ·

    Great results! Now I just have to find a way of doing this with my LC-A (no +, and therefore no splitzer)...

  12. raapstelenstamppot
    raapstelenstamppot ·

    Nice to see those beautiful colour photos (again). Colour filters definitely make the world a more breautiful place. :)

  13. sandravo
    sandravo ·

    @daisymae I am trying to find an elegant way to use these filters on my LC-Wide. When I do, I'll give you a heads up since that solution should probably work on your LC-A as well. Thanks for liking the results!

  14. sandravo
    sandravo ·

    Thanks @raapstelenstamppot for liking (again)! ;-)

  15. sandravo
    sandravo ·

    @134340 Go for it and share your results! Can't wait!

  16. daisymae
    daisymae ·

    @sandravo Thanks!

  17. aguillem
    aguillem ·

    good one again!
    for the problem of viewfinder, can't you use an external viewfinder attached to the hotshoe?
    If you don't find the right field of view, you could modify it like that:…

  18. sandravo
    sandravo ·

    @aguillem Good suggestion! If you need a viewfinder you could probably do that. Personally I don't mind, the small strip of the view that is left above the filter is just enough to have a rough idea of what will be in the shot. I will most likely keep an eye out for smaller color filters though.

  19. clickiemcpete
    clickiemcpete ·

    Great tipster! :)

  20. aguillem
    aguillem ·

    Another idea for the viewfinder problem woulb be to make a hole in the step-up ring. In this way you could even see through the filter, which would be useful especially for circular polarizer.
    I just gor myself an LC-A+ so i'll give a try and tell you!

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