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LC-A Big Book Chapter 83: The Minitar 1 Lens

The Minitar 1 Lens is at the very heart of both the LOMO LC-A and the LOMO LC-A+ camera. It remains unchanged since 1984 and is made to the exact specifications of the Russian State of Optics(GOI) and the experts at LOMO PLC.

Irina Sowz is a senior at LOMO PLC’s department of optical calculations and knows what she’s talking

about. She explains the optics of the LOMO LC-A’s Minitar 1 with the use of Lev Sakin’s original drawings
from 1983.

The Minitar 1 Lens is at the very heart of both the LOMO LC-A and the LOMO LC-A+ camera. It remains unchanged since 1984 and is made to the exact specifications of the Russian State of Optics(GOI) and the experts at LOMO PLC. The lens is widely known for its slightly oversaturated powerful colours and the vignette it produces around the corners of a photograph. The Minitar 1 is hand-crafted in the original LOMO PLC Optical Factory in St Petersburg, Russia. The glass is multicoated to minimize internal reflections and maximize colour and contrast. Its 32mm wide angle view captures a healthy chunk of everything in front of your and its f/2.8 maximum aperture lets all that natural, ambient light come streaming through. Since 2007, the Minitar 1 has also been produced in China. Hence, two different models of the LOMO LC-A+ are available; one with the Russian-produced and one with the Chinese-produced lens.

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