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LC-A Big Book Chapter 92: How the Lens was Created

After the Minitar 1's calculations were finished at the world famous GO1-institute by Mr. Tarabukin (the "tar" in Minitar stands for the first three letters of his name) and Ms. Zhukova, they were transferred to the LOMO PLC in order to produce the first prototype pieces.

78.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.

After the Minitar 1’s calculations were finished at the world famous GO1-institute by Mr. Tarabukin (the “tar” in Minitar stands for the first three letters of his name) and Ms. Zhukova, they were transferred to the LOMO PLC in order to produce the first prototype pieces. As the glass was expensive and difficult to manufacture, it wasn’t suitable for a mass-produced camera like the LOMO LC-A+ . It was the task of LOMO PLC’s own Lev Sakin to improve the construction and make it suitable for fast production in 1984. Since then, the construction of the objective has not changed. Despite the rumours, Professor Radionov, based at the LITMO Institute, was not involved in the Minitar 1’s creation; the only truth is that some calculations were made with a program that he and his team created for the Minsk-32 computers. Today, the Minitar 1 lens is produced by 12 technicians at the original LOMO PLC workshop in St Petersburg, and is also reproduced in China.

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