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LC-A Big Book Chapter 55: MIR Space Equipment, Movie Cameras, Video Recorders, and TV Sets

Besides the many advancements in camera development that paved the way for the most celebrated of all LOMO PLCcameras, the LOMO LC-A, the LOMO PLC workers did not rest and were busily improving their products and inventing new devices.

64. The beautiful ‘Neva’ film camera, one of the many products beside photo cameras of LOMO PLC.

Besides the many advancements in camera development that paved the way for the most celebrated of all LOMO PLCcameras, the LOMO LC-A, the LOMO PLC workers did not rest and were busily improving their products and inventing new devices. Optical devices for the “Luna” moon-vehicle and the MIR space station, cinema and audio equipment, movie cameras (‘Spot’, ‘Lada’, ‘Neva’), video recorders, TV-sets and other technical home equipment were produced. Later photo camera models were the Almas SLR-series (the Almas 101 [of which only 50 pieces were produced in 1978], 102 1979 and 103 1982) and some further Smena developments such as the Smena 19 in 1985.

The 1980s also profited from the constructive working flow, the strong leadership of M.P. Panfilov and the achievements the company had made in the fields of telescopes, military optics and photo and cinema equipment. The workers were proud of their company, worked hard and were motivated from 9 to 16:42 (working 12 minutes extra a day meant one could leave one hour earlier on Friday). They hung out in the 800 seater LOMO PLC Club, which existed for decades and where every worker was invited to join the merry events. Events such as theatre and music performances and lectures by university professors and engineers took place during the one-hour lunch break. The workers sent their kids to the LOMO PLC Kindergarten and as they were permitted 24 vacation days they could take leisurely holidays with their families to Sochi. A 24 day voucher to go to the Neva sanatorium in Sochi cost around 80 roubles. Conventional LOMO PLC salaries at this time ranged from 200 to 400 Rubles a month.

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