Tipster of the Week: Who Says You Can't MX?


Still can't let go of your beloved Soviet made Lomo LC-A?, It's old-world charm, that authentic rustic smell... As you know, everything else are already made in China, but you shouldn't feel you're being left behind by this fact. You just have to admit yourself to the possible changes that are bound to happen and you might see yourself smiling afterwards. And that's exactly what our Tipster of the week did!

Multiple Exposure using an LC-A written by floriansimon

So you’ve got an old russian LC-A and you want to take multiple exposures? There is an easy way to slightly modify your Lomo LC-A…

Some time ago, I bought an old LC-A over eBay and the vendor told me that the automatic setting of the camera doesn’t work properly. That’s why I got it quite cheap.
I decided to open the camera up and maybe find and even repair the broken part. All in all, one soldering was lose and caused trouble. When I was about to put the camera back together, I became curious and turned the advance wheel. I discovered something interesting…

Before you start modifying your camera, be sure to read all these steps carefully. And of course, all the results of this work is under your responsibility.

For this mod, you will need:

  • a Russian LC-A
  • a Phillips screwdriver
  • a sharp knife
  • a paper clip
  • superglue (optional)

Step #1:
Open your LC-A as if you would load a film. Turn the camera over and unscrew the three screws using the Phillips screwdriver. Make sure to remember where your screws go (long one in the middle hole) and to put your screws to safe place.

Step #2:
Take off the bottom plate. If a semi-oval shaped piece of rubber foam comes out as well, don’t worry, you can glue it in place with the superglue. (It original place is between the batteries and the film chamber. Take a look at the attached photos.)

Step #3:
On the bottom plate, locate the rounded rectangle. Use a sharp knife and carefully cut it out. Because this plate is made of plastic (some kind of), you can cut it easily, but you should pay attention not to cut out too much. After cutting it out, you might want to smoothen the edges of your cut.

Step #3:
With your three screws, attach the bottom plate back onto your camera. Do you still remember, where the long screw goes? Now you should see a small pin, as you look through the cut out hole.

Step #4:
Bend a paper clip that it forms a tiny hook. This hook should be able to go through the hole and grab the small pin.

Step #5:
In order not to over expose your film, you should adjust the film speed wheel. For example, if you are using a 100 ASA film, turn the wheel to 200 ASA.

Take a photo as you normally would, but do not advance the film. Instead, use the paperclip to slide the small pin from the left to the right (from the lens to the strap). Then just take another picture.

Be creative with your photos.

Since that is my first tipster submission, I would like you to give me some feedback. If you have any questions concerning this modification, just drop me a line.

written by fookshit on 2010-05-09 in #gear #tipster #multiple-exposure #mod #lc-a #tips #double-exposure #mx-switch #tipster


  1. mephisto19
    mephisto19 ·

    cool! very cool! well deserved tipster of the week - congrats!
    the photos are blurry/pixelated... i hope it'll be better soon ;)

  2. jaalvarez
    jaalvarez ·

    I hope to be a LOMO LC-A owner soon ...
    Whe I will have the camera, I will try to do this tipster ...
    Congrats and Thanks !!!

  3. gnarlyleech
    gnarlyleech ·

    I just had my lc-a apart to fix my sticking shutter and I was trying to figure out a way to do this mod. It looks like it works great. I am gonna try and figure out a way to make a permanent slider or button instead of a paper clip. Thanks for your hard work and tipster.

  4. sumlom
    sumlom ·

    oh man. Im so gonna try doing this. thanks for this awesome awesome tip!

  5. trashpilotin
    trashpilotin ·

    wow thanks for this awsome tip, your pix are amazing...
    i don't know if i have the heart to do this... maybe I'll just buy a L-CA+ ;)

  6. juliagulia
    juliagulia ·

    I love it! I had another way to do doubles, I pushed the little button on the bottom of the camera, than I reeled it carefully, so the film would stay. This is a much easier way, so I am going to try it out!

  7. stouf
    stouf ·

    Smart and efficient !

  8. qrro
    qrro ·

    this mod is only for vintage LC-A right??? cause (i thnk) the new ones have the mx option or not???

  9. cubilas
    cubilas ·

    nice tipster!
    I had both an lc-a+ (broke down) and an lc-a and I put the bottom part (with the mx button) on my lc-a. Works perfect!

  10. floriansimon
    floriansimon ·

    @qrro: Yes, the new LC-A+ already feature a multiple expusure switch.
    @gnarlyleech: I was looking for something different than a paperclip, but neither the tip of a biro, nor some carefully attached shrink tubing worked. But be creative (and let me know).
    @mephisto19: all my added photos were as crisp as the first ones of the galleries. i have no idea what has happened.

  11. eva_eva
    eva_eva ·


  12. breakphreak
    breakphreak ·


  13. rater
    rater ·

    Wawawiwa! Great tipster for the good all LC-A (not +).

  14. mr_sid
    mr_sid ·

    Yeah, great tipster!

  15. stezmatic
    stezmatic ·

    This is great! I tried it out on an old spare LC-A I use for parts to make sure I got it right. I'm going to give it a go on my baby when I get a sharper knife ;)

  16. gnarlyleech
    gnarlyleech ·

    I just did it. It works great. Thanks

  17. gnarlyleech
    gnarlyleech ·

    Here are my results after modifying my LC-A for MX. Looks awesome. Thanks for the tip.…

  18. delaware-fotoguy
    delaware-fotoguy ·

    Great tipster and the fotos after the mod are simply Amazing!

  19. jonolomo
    jonolomo ·

    useful tipster! i was always scared to mod my LCA before.. will try this later!

  20. daforl
    daforl ·

    AWESOME! perfect for the instant back

  21. willgillibrand
    willgillibrand ·

    wouldn't setting it to 200 ISO overexpose the film by a long way ?

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