How far away is 1m on the Lomo LC-A+?

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We can avoid the desired shot from turning out of focus by accurately estimating the focusing length. However, we don't estimate distances as much as some engineers; to achieve the near-perfect focus and produce sharp images, some skills are required.

There are only 4 options on the manual focusing lever on the LC-A+ (0.8m, 1.5m, 3m and ∞) and operating them are simple and quick.

We can avoid the desired shot from turning out of focus by accurately estimating the focusing length. However, we don’t estimate distances as much as some engineers; to achieve the near-perfect focus and produce sharp images, some skills are required.

Prepare a meter-long string and tie a small knot at 0.8m. When shooting something near/macro, measure the 0.8m distance between the subject and the camera; then proceed to release the shutter and you will get an accurately focused shot. After shooting a few more times, you will be able to correctly estimate the length of 0.8m by heart, and would not need to rely on using the string anymore.

For the distances of 1.5m and 3m, the technique is the same as above. (The full length of the string + half length of it = 1.5m; 3 times the full length of the string = 3m)

written by hwangcharngan on 2011-06-01 in #gear #tipster #focusing #art #0-8m #tipster #focus-estimation #manual-focusing #macro-near-shots

4 Comments

  1. superlighter
    superlighter ·

    keep in mind that there's some tollerance in the focusing area due to the light available and subsequent automatic camera aperture choice, in full sun the minimum distance can turn down to 50-60 cm at f 16 !!

  2. pyahnakmat
    pyahnakmat ·

    nice writing

  3. jezzyjung
    jezzyjung ·

    very useful tipster :-)

  4. glenn
    glenn ·

    EXCELLENT

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