This is your last chance to pre-order your Petzval Lens and get the special aperture plates included for free! With estimated delivery in August (or even sooner), don’t miss out on securing your picture perfect portrait lens!

Have an account? Login | New to Lomography? Register | Lab | Current Site:

Chapter 9: Test and Construction Phase

The LOMO LC-A vvas in truth a real (and rather cheeky) copy of the Cosina CX 2. Aside from the different lens-cover mechanism (the Cos|na had a rotating cover vvhilst the LOMO LC-A vvas characterized by it's mechanical sliding door, which the Vice Defense Minister really liked) the whole construction of the LOMO LC-A was very much like the Japanese camera: the same dimpled cover extension the inscription on the front and top, the hot shoe flash, the vievvfinder, the exposure counter, the shutter release almost everything down to the smallest detail looked similar. The functions that were available with the Cosina, namely, the automatic exposure and four range settings were also included in the LOMO LC-A.

Olga Tsvetkova, The mother of the LOMO LC-A

Olga joined LOMO PLC straight after leaving school. In addition to her job, she studied at the Technikum and later at the University of St Petersburg where, after six years of studying, she became a Master of Technics. She started in Workshop 61, which specialized in Smena cameras, and in the early 1970’s she worked alongside Mikhail Kholomyansky on the Lomo 135 camera project. As soon as the Lomo LC-A came into production, Olga gave up her old position as head of the camera assembling line and concentrated solely on leading the LOMO LC-A team. Olga was a keen photographer from an early age having been presented at the age of 10 with a Smena 2 by her father. She was enthusiastic about Lomography from the word do and collected every press cutting she could find.

She was an active Lomographer like many other workers on the Lomo LC-A assembly line. When production of the LOMO LC-A came to an end in 2005, the holder of the very rare and lengthy titled medal Development and Introduction of the mass production of the hi-tech product, the Lomo Kompakt retired after 38 years of devotion to her work.

The LOMO LC-A vvas in truth a real (and rather cheeky) copy of the Cosina CX 2. Aside from the different lens-cover mechanism (the Cos|na had a rotating cover vvhilst the LOMO LC-A vvas characterized by it’s mechanical sliding door, which the Vice Defense Minister really liked) the whole construction of the LOMO LC-A was very much like the Japanese camera: the same dimpled cover extension the inscription on the front and top, the hot shoe flash, the vievvfinder, the exposure counter, the shutter release almost everything down to the smallest detail looked similar. The functions that were available with the Cosina, namely, the automatic exposure and four range settings were also included in the LOMO LC-A.

In 1982 as soon as construction of the LOMO LC-A was completed the first trial models were manufactured. Previous camera construction at LOMO PLC, for example, construction of the Lubitel, Smena, and Lomo 135 normally involved four stages of production: 1. First a space model was produced, 2. Then a model that included all the functions, 3. The first trial models (10-20 pieces) and 4. Then the first series.

Due to the severe time constraints on the development of the LOMO LC-A, point number 1, the space model vvas omitted and the first camera manufactured was a model with all the functions included. This then finally landed in the hands of Vice Defense Minister Kornitsky. This model didn’t have an exposure metre built in as this wasn’t incorporated until stage number 3. Around ten trial models were manufactured in 1982 vvhich were scheduled for internal tests. However that didn’t mean that certain lucky photographers were able to test the LOMO LC-A day and night rather that a team of highly skilled laboratory technicians inspected the technical functions of the camera |n every detail. The automatic exposure had to function perfectly, the four range settings had to be exact, the charming ‘click’ of the shutter release had to have the most melodious sound! Naturally there was also an in-company photographic laboratory where the photographic results from the cameras were given close inspection.

All these stages in the camera’s development were watched over by the eagle eyes of the product|on manager Olga Tsvetkova. In the meantime, Chief Englneer M.G Kholomyansky worked vvith his team (comprising the five best assemblers who cleaned the individual parts and put the camera together) on the mechanisms and improvements for the LOMO LC-A. A specially established Scientific Department took over the most important tests. This strict division of vvork and the much praised team work successfully led to the quick assembling of the camera. Even today the assemblers, team leaders, and engineers of the project still speak of the pleasant and efficient working atmosphere.

As a result, the LOMO LC-A was finished and produced at lightning speed. The camera also obtained the Russian product precision grade 1-2 vvhereas cameras produced by LOMO PLC up until then had only attained a precision grade of 3-4.

Have the full glory of the book here

written by fookshit

No comments yet, be the first

Read this article in another language

This is the original article written in: English. It is also available in: Deutsch, 日本語, 中文(繁體版), ภาษาไทย, Português, Spanish, Italiano & 中文(简体版).