LOMO LC-A's Father: The Cosina CX-2

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This time, I want to introduce my favorite camera, the Cosina CX-2. Why does it looks like the LOMO LC-A? Sure, because it is LOMO LC-A's father. Someone said the design of LOMO LC-A was derived from the Cosina CX-2.

The full set included camera, flash, motor drive, diving shell—what a superb set. It’s real hard to collect them all. Cosina CX-2 and the LOMO LC-A * look very similar outside, the main different is Cosina CS-2’s special “turn-a-round open” lens cap. Besides, the Cosina CX-2 has a built-in self-timer, the lens is 35mm f/2.8. All the other features are just the same as the LOMO LC-A. Certainly, the design and material of the Cosina CX-2 are much stronger than the LOMO LC-A. We all know the made in Russia LOMO LC-A was hard to compare with made in Japan cameras back then.

My Cosina CX-2 was a surprise win from an auction. Not in mint condition, but gave me huge surprise on the first roll because it produced random light leaks. I don’t know what’s the problem for light leaks, but this made the shots very dramatic and unexpected. I find the results from light leaks much more gorgeous than cross-processing. I’m in love with the unpredictable light leaks from my special Cosina CX-2

Cosina CX-2 Technical Specifications:

  • Film Format:: 35mm film
  • Lens: Cosinon 35 mm f/2,8 (5 elements, 5 groups)
  • Focusing Range: 0.9m to infinity
  • Exposure meter:: CdS cell
  • Shutter Speeds: 1/500 to more than 2 seconds
  • EV Range: EV 2 (f/2,8 at 2 sec.) to EV 17 (f/16 at 1/500 sec.) with ISO 100 film
  • Film Speed Range: ISO 25 (DIN 15) to ISO 400 (DIN 27)
  • Focusing System: Zone focus
  • Flash Synchronization: Hot shoe contacts, “X” sync. 1/45 sec. f/2,8~16
  • Self-Timer: 8 sec. delay
  • Battery: Two 1,5 volt silver oxide SR44
  • Size: 103 × 66 × 42.5 mm
  • Weight: 225 g

* The Lomo LC-A+ is known worldwide for its amazing features: automatic exposure, extended ISO range, and multiple and long exposure capabilities. Get your own Lomo LC-A+ now!

written by qwj_101 on 2011-08-02 in #reviews #lc-a #flash #cx-2 #cross-process #cosina #lomography #film-camera #user-review
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10 Comments

  1. aroninvt
    aroninvt ·

    Great article! I always love some camera history articles, congrats on the awesome find, and thank you for sharing it with us!

  2. myvitaminx
    myvitaminx ·

    great set!btw what is motor drive?

  3. robotmonkey1996
    robotmonkey1996 ·

    It's a motor that winds for u fast

  4. volker-jp
    volker-jp ·

    great article! Thank you!

  5. eveningbreakfast
    eveningbreakfast ·

    @myvitaminx

    motor drive is an device that you dont need to wind after shoot. The motor auto wind for you. All you need to do is Don't Think just shoot ;-)

  6. panchromatic
    panchromatic ·

    cool article. And cool camera; I wish I had one!

  7. lomo-graf
    lomo-graf ·

    Maybe you can call the CX-2 the "stepfather" of the LC-A. The real father is the Cosina CX-1 (looks nearly the same) without motordrive and self-timer.

  8. cutebun
    cutebun ·

    Awesome!

  9. maduz
    maduz ·

    the best of the awesome and greatness!~

  10. briannaoconnell
    briannaoconnell ·

    Just found a cx-2 in an opshop for $10 with flash auto winder and original box! stoked!

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