Many years ago, I found a Lomo LC-A camera in a flea market. This was in the early '90's when Lomography was still unknown in Italy. I bought two of these cameras together with a Fed 2, Zorki 4, and a Lubitel 166U. But I never used the Lomo cameras until 2008... Why? Read on to find out!
Why? Because I thought that the camera was a cheap ‘point and shoot’, without its own character. So I put the camera in a box for many years thinking it was a good item to give as a gift in the future. At that time I used a Zenit E, with its wonderful Helios 44-2 lens, and the Russian Leica clones, as Fed 2, Zorki 4, and Fed 5. I always loved rangefinder cameras because I’m mainly a sport and street photographer, and the range finder is great for fast focusing.
One day, in the 2008, I discovered some beautiful and colorful photos on the internet, while searching for some photos of a bus and tramway for a research in the field of public transportation. One of these photos was also on Wikipedia “Lomografia”. So, when I read the article, I quickly inserted a film roll on my Lomo LC-A and bought three LR44 batteries to test it.
Surprise, surprise! Wonderful colors, great vignetting! This is my first Lomographic photo (that I printed on a photographic paper 20×30 cm and placed outside the door of my room!)
From 2008 to 2012 I bought a Smena 8M, a Holga 120CFN and others cameras! But my preferred “lomo” camera iis always the LC-A! Now this camera is always with me!
Here some other photos from my first roll:
I seldom use cross-processing. I prefer fresh film, both black and white or color. The Minitar 1 lens is great “as is”… without need of cross-processing! Every photographer must be the owner of a LC-A! A unique camera!
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