Lca_120_september_2014_header
Have an account? Login | New to Lomography? Register | Lab | Current Site:

LC-A Big Book Chapter 35: Mrs. Li Inspects the Russian Camera

At the time when the Lomographers mulled over ideas to improve the original LOMO LC-A. Mrs. Li, was appointed chief engineer and production manager for the LOMO LC-A+. In a small engineering office in East China the capable Mrs. Li dismantled the camera into all of its individual components.

41. Mrs. Li inspects the Russian compact camera.

MRS. LI: THE WOMAN BEHIND THE LOMO LC-A+
Mrs. Li is the engineer in charge of the development and production of the LOMO LC-A+ in China. As a meticulous expert of mechanical cameras, it was she who first got her hands on the original Russian LOMO LC-A and who gave the O.K. to Colibri Manufacturers to reproduce the legendary camera. Mrs. Li also invented and designed the new MXfunction of the camera and incorporated the ISO 800 & 1600 functionality and front grooves in the LOMO LC-A+. She is married and has a lovely daughter.

MR. LI: THE MAN BEHIND THE LOMO LC-A+

Mr. Li worked for a big Chinese optical trust for over 15 years and decided to start his own business in the year 2000. At first his workshop mainly produced binoculars and telescopes until Colibri Manufacturers got to know about the LOMO LC-A in Spring 2005. Since then Mr. Li and his company have lead the project of inventing and producing the Chinese LOMO LC-A+. He, as the boss of Colibri Manufacturers, is looking forward to a long future for the LOMO LC-A+ and many more complicated and challenging projects with the Lomographic Society. Mr. Li is married and has a son.

At the time when the Lomographers mulled over ideas to improve the original LOMO LC-A. Mrs. Li, was appointed chief engineer and production manager for the LOMO LC-A+. In a small engineering office in East China the capable Mrs. Li dismantled the camera into all of its individual components.

She was busy putting the Russian jewel to the acid test and was to inform the Lomographers in Vienna if she and her coworkers could reproduce the old thing at all. Countless tests on the optical, electronical and mechanical aspects of the camera followed, and the results proved extremely surprising. “That can’t be true” said Mrs.Li to herself one evening “the field of view isn’t big enough, a darker shadow surrounds the whole photo, the long exposures vary each time, the colour of the photos are anything but lifelike and I have never seen a lens like this before!” Mrs. Li was astonished by the Russian thing that her boss, Mr. Li, had presented her with. She asked herself the exact same question that 30 years before had gone through the head of the Vice Defense Minister Kornitsky in St Petersburg: “What on earth is going on with this camera?” In addition, the expert for mechanical cameras didn’t believe that the camera would meet the “Chinese national standards”, which the government imposed on all Chinese-produced goods. These standards comprise extremely strict regulations on the sharpness of the lens, precision of the exposure, colour rendering etc. Mrs. Li, who in her previous job had for the most part meticulously inspected high-precision SLR (single-lens reflex) cameras, had truly expected something different from the LOMO LC-A. However, despite the Lomographic Society was finally prepared to agree a new price and not just a few Yuan.

42. Tragically many LOMO LC-A’s lost their lives when they were pulled to pieces in the Chinese development lab.

She then completed an intensive study programme on Lomography after the Lomographers refused to make the improvements she suggested (“no, the camera must remain exactly as it is!”). Following this she finally understood why the Russian camera had to remain exactly as it was. In the meantime thousands of young and old Lomographers around the world had put great hope in her and her team so with the new remake of the camera it was the “Lomo international standard” alone that counted!

Have the full glory of the book here

written by ungrumpy

2 comments

  1. pushkar

    pushkar

    cool story

    over 3 years ago · report as spam
  2. disasterarea

    disasterarea

    After using both the LC-A and LC-A+ over the holidays, I love the ability to add accessories to the LC-A+, but after looking back at my pictures taken with the flash, you should've never removed the Aperture lever. As a result, most of my flash pictures are blown out.

    over 3 years ago · report as spam

Read this article in another language

This is the original article written in: English. It is also available in: Deutsch, Italiano & Spanish.