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LC-A Big Book Chapter 30: LOMO LC-A Night Vision Device

The core of the night vision device is the "Elf" - the smallest night vision device in the world. One beautiful day, one of the lomographers got hold of this device and tried to shoot pictures with it just held in front of the lens. The result was nothing spectacular but a new idea had been born.

In 2001, LOMO PLC developed a night vision device for the LOMO LC-A. Night vision devices are instruments which by using an image intensifier and special infra-red lighting can create a picture even on the darkest night. They were primarily intended for hunting and the military. The core of the night vision device is the “Elf” – the smallest night vision device in the world. One beautiful day, one of the lomographers got hold of this device and tried to shoot pictures with it just held in front of the lens. The result was nothing spectacular but a new idea had been born. Such a device could prove very helpful to lomographers who are on the go at all times of the day and night. It should be developed for the LOMO LC-A! The order was sent to the LOMO PLC factory and Aleksandr Solomonovich Khitrik, head of development for the night vision device at LOMO PLC, presented the LOMO LC-A Night Vision Kit a few months later.

The device looked fantastically futuristic and the Lomographers were very keen on it. Although only a small green circle in the middle of the picture was visible and the quality wasn’t particularly good. The bottom line was that the beautiful invention was unfortunately too expensive. The electronics alone cost practically as much as the maximum purchase price the market would stand. Unfortunately, the great thing never went into mass production.

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written by ungrumpy

11 comments

  1. t0m7

    t0m7

    ... can't find it in the shop? But i want one! :-D

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  2. nicolas_noir

    nicolas_noir

    I want it too! Awesome!

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  3. lawypop

    lawypop

    Futuristic indeed!!

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  4. rav_bunneh

    rav_bunneh

    We must have this device! Make it happen!

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  5. kiwikoh

    kiwikoh

    Put this accessory on your head and you can become Sam Fisher in Splinter Cell.

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  6. gabysalas

    gabysalas

    maybe one of you can make one and write up a tipster! We would love to feature it!

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  7. dogma

    dogma

    WoW this is very intersting

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  8. duckduckninja

    duckduckninja

    WANT! Oh wait... don't have an LC-A...

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  9. herr_zeit

    herr_zeit

    Robocop has one!

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  10. brettac

    brettac

    Pretty cool, would be great with a wide angle lens.

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  11. stinklecheeks

    stinklecheeks

    Does seem pretty cool, but isn't it kinda Anit-Lomoistic? I think the night vision devices produce a digital representation of the image. Aren't digital and analog opposites? (I may be wrong though, cause I guess the argument could also be said about scanning photos)

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