How to Fix the LOMO LC-A+ Zone Focus System

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I got lots of unwanted blurry pictures with my LOMO LC-A+ so I tried to fix it by my own and I want to share my results.

My last LOMO LC-A+ rolls where all out of focus, but not all the frames, only the ones with the focus fixed on infinite. Then I realized that the lens didn’t move up and down when I switch between focus positions. Something was wrong with the focus lever and the lens.

After removing the camera cover I watched inside the mechanism and realized that one screw was coming loose. Unfortunately there were several configurations that would result in wrong focusing. So I tested two of them, shooting four frames with each one, at 0.8, 1.5, 3 meters and infinite.

After developing the film I got the right configuration. I guess that it should be the same for all the lc-a+ cameras, but you could try which one works for your camera.

The process:

  • You need a precission screwdriver
  • Remove that 4 screws to show the lens mechanisms
  • Set the focus lever at infinite (1) to see the regulating screw (2) it could come loose in order to move the lense up or down using the two nicks (3).
  • There are two metalic pieces (silver and gold) that could be adjusted in different positions. I tried the two extremes: aligned or not aligned.
  • The aligned configuration worked!

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 megustastu on 2011-08-19 in #gear #tipster #focus #fix #camera #lca #lc-a #tutorial

6 Comments

  1. lighttomysoul
    lighttomysoul ·

    Def need to start using the focusing better on my LC-A+. I thought for so long that if I set it to infinity it's sharp from the front and all the way down. Tsk tsk. Don't even know where I got that idea from.

  2. girlmonochromism
    girlmonochromism ·

    this is the awesomest tipster ive seen this week. thanks!!

  3. dearjme
    dearjme ·

    GREAT! Such brilliance.

  4. lyndxe
    lyndxe ·

    wow, GREAT article! saving this for future reference :)

  5. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    Thanks for this tipster! I noticed some blurry shots on my LCA+RL as well when on infinite, so I will check the lens position like you did

  6. moon_moon
    moon_moon ·

    Wow~~Thanks for the tipster !!!!

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