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LC-A Big Book Chapter 16: LOMO LC-M, LOMO LC-M2 and KRAB

Similarly to the LOMO LC-M, the LOMO LC-M2 was only produced in very small quantities and was almost impossible to obtain. And what on earth is KRAB? KRAB is an underwater casing for the LOMO LC-A. However, it seems this was a matter of such secret production that even in the LOMO PLC’s own museum in St Petersburg the existence of the 1.5kg heavy cast iron casing is being contested.

In 1987 as a further development of the LOMO LC-A the LOMO LC-M first saw the light of day at the “Filiale”. The goal of the follow-up model was to improve the shutter release mechanism of the LOMO LC-A and to add a few other useful functions. For example, for the LOMO LC-M a cable shutter release connection was included (which as in the much later LOMO LC-A+ screwed into the release button). In addition, the LOMO LC-M only required two batteries instead of three plus it had a rounder design more similar to the Cosina CX-2. The electronics were also different, now only one light emitting diode instead of two (to indicate the state of the batteries) was visible in the view-finder and the ASA 25 setting of the LOMO LC-A was replaced with the ASA 800. Furthermore, it was actually the ASA, that is, the international standard for film sensitivity, in contrast to the Russian GOST standards, which were initially applied to the LOMO LC-M. Consequently the LOMO LC-M was also produced for the foreign market.

The LOMO LC-M displayed some visionary features such as the added ASA figures and cable shutter release which finally found their way into the LOMO LC-A with the production of the LOMO LC-A+ almost 20 years later. Unfortunately, the “M” which stood for “modernised” was personally stopped by Director General Panfilov after almost 1,000 units had been made.

A further development of the camera was the LOMO LC-M2, which had a built-in flash and a revised design and in comparison to its predecessors only had the automatic exposure function (as is the case with the LC-A+ today). Similarly to the LOMO LC-M, the LOMO LC-M2 was only produced in very small quantities and was almost impossible to obtain. And what on earth is KRAB? KRAB is an underwater casing for the LOMO LC-A. However, it seems this was a matter of such secret production that even in the LOMO PLC’s own museum in St Petersburg the existence of the 1.5kg heavy cast iron casing is being contested. At least one model of this mysterious product exists and a little birdy told us something about a new replacement for the mysterious underwater casing*.

(*see pages 200 & 594)

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written by ungrumpy

1 comment

  1. armazi

    Not 100% sure if the LC-M was really for a foreign market. The instruction booklet that came with mine is all in Russian...
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