Gear Up Your LC-Wide!


The LC-Wide is a great wide angle monster and I love to shoot with it! But why are there so little accessories for this lovely camera? No idea, but no need to worry! Read on and find out how you can gear up your LC-Wide in a fancy way!

When I wrote some Tipsters on how to accessorize your LC-A+ with close-up and color filters, some of you asked me: “And what about the LC-Wide?” I promised I would try and find an elegant way to gear up this beauty and I believe I finally have! Turns out it wasn’t hard at all!

In this Tipster, I’ll show how you can make a fancy DIY Splitzer for your LC-Wide and how to attach the Splitzer and/or color filters to your camera without hurting it!

Before you can do this, there are a couple of things you’ll need, the most important one being the correction lens that comes with the LC-Wide Instant Kit. Unfortunately, this part will be sacrificed, but maybe you have some Piggies in your bank that will help cover the cost. ;-) Everything else can be thrifted for about $1 a piece, including: a 43-62mm and a 62-67 step-up ring. Other than that, you need a piece of backing paper, cardboard, sharp craft knife and some glue.

Note – These 62mm rings may seem large, but were chosen as such for two reasons: firstly because I already have a set of 62mm color filters, secondly because of the very wide angle of the LC-W. If you find smaller color filters adjust the step-up rings accordingly (as long as you start from 43mm), but keep in mind that the LC-W is very wide angle so you don’t want to use too narrow filters.

Make the attachment point:

1. Flip the instant correction lens upside down and lay your knife as flat as possible on the magnet
2. Carefully remove the middle part (watch your fingers!)
3. Place the “empty” correction lens holder on your LC-Wide

Make the splitzer

1. Fold a piece of backing paper in half
2. Glue a thin piece of cardboard in the middle of the folded backing paper
3. Cut out half a circle (make sure the straight edge is were the backing paper is folded, so everything is nice and tight)
4. Trap the half circle in between the step-up rings and screw tight

By luck and coincidence the correction lens fits almost perfectly inside a 43mm ring.

Whether the ring holds the splitzer or a color filter, just place the 43mm end of the ring over the empty correction lens and it will stay put (unless you shake it too hard). If you like you can glue the 43mm step-up ring to the correction lens, but for my purposes I prefer the whole thing to be interchangeable.

To prove to you all this great looking splitzer also works like a charm I made you this video.


The Lomo LC-Wide boasts the newly-developed 17mm Minigon Ultra-Wide Angle lens. This 35mm camera wonder is the perfect companion for your photo expeditions. It produces eye-catching splashes of colour with astonishing saturation and contrasts with the added versatility of 3 different formats. Open up to a new photographic experience with the LC-Wide, available in our Shop.

written by sandravo on 2013-07-15 in #gear #tipster


  1. atria007
    atria007 ·


  2. istionojr
    istionojr ·

    super cool tipster!

  3. sandravo
    sandravo ·

    IMPORTANT DETAIL: This will work for all LC-A's as well, LC-A and LC-A+.

  4. sandravo
    sandravo ·

    @daisymae You asked for it, here it is: an elegant way to attach filters to an LC-A... no +! The article only shows the LC-W, but it works just fine on my LC-A+, so I see no reason why it wouldn't work on the LC-A as they are built exactly the same.

  5. muchachamala
    muchachamala ·

    Another great tipster! Very clean solution!

  6. sandravo
    sandravo ·

    Thanks @atria007, @istionojr and @muchachamala!

  7. robotmonkey1996
    robotmonkey1996 ·


  8. henrytanth
    henrytanth ·

    Can I laugh?? This idea is good but your filter ring has block your view finder, isn't it?

  9. sandravo
    sandravo ·

    @henrytanth Laugh all you want! I rather block the viewfinder than have the filter show up on my pictures, 17mm is wide... Besides, I never use the viewfinder, so that doesn't bother me. On top of that I have lenses ranging from 37 to 62mm in size, I have no intention of buying different filters for all of them, but feel free!

  10. sandravo
    sandravo ·

    @henrytanth Blocking your viewfinder might help you put the golden rules into practise:
    #4 Try the shot from the hip
    #8 You don't have to know beforehand what you shoot
    #9 Afterwards neither.

  11. daisymae
    daisymae ·

    @sandravo Thanks for the heads up! Not sure I want to buy and break an instant wide kit yet, but this may change as it would be great to use a splitzer and filters!

  12. sandravo
    sandravo ·

    @daisymae Think about it this way: the LC-A splitzer costs the same, only this one you need to modify a bit and spend $2 on filter rings.

  13. helena-lo-fi
    helena-lo-fi ·

    You're a hero! THANKS

  14. khairhouu
    khairhouu ·

    good idea!! thank thank

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