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It looks, talks, feels and exposes like the legendary Lomo LC-A! What are the differences you ask? Check it out!

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The Minolta AF-C shows a lot of resemblance with the Lomo LC-A or the Olympus XA. They’re all cute, pocket-sized and idiot-proof camera’s. But, while the others are zone focus, the AF-C is made for people who are even lazier: it is autofocus! It comes with a truly neat cover that slides down and unveils the lens and with a cute flash that is attached to the side of the camera, like with the XA’s.

The AF-C has a semi-wide 35mm f2.8 lens and is fully automatic, for those lazy snapshotlovers out there. The Minolta is very easy (duh) in use and is overall accurate in exposure. Some people might think the lack of manual settings is a negative point, but you can lock the autofocus by pointing the centre of the viewfinder on your subject, pressing the button half and then reframe. Besides that, you can use the iso-dial to under- or overexpose your shot, depending the circumstances. The AF-C has a “film-in” indicator next to the frame counter and loading film is really easy cause of a little part which presses your film on the spool. The shutter is really quiet and the autofocus makes a little bzzz-bzzz noise when activated.

I’m a big fan of this camera. It has a beautiful design, is tiny, quiet and fully automatic. Also, the flash that comes with it is really small, so it’s comfortable to take with you. Maybe the fact that there isn’t a hotshoe is a downside because it would give some more possibilities, but hey, you can’t have everything, can you?

I’ve tried to make multiple exposures with this camera by turning back and cocking the film rewind, pressing the button on the bottom of the camera and then turning the film advance. But, (un)fortunately this didn’t always work and it resulted in some long horizon-like pictures which look like a collage of people, places and objects I photographed. I like the results because they’re so unpredictable. The AF-C is quite rare and hard to find. I’ve bought mine for 20 euro, so I guess that’s affordable. If you bump into one, make sure you take her home and treat her to some nice film. You’re in for a great date!

written by cubilas


  1. jaalvarez


    The last photo ...
    A Photographer "in fraganti" !!!
    Good shoot !!!

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  2. ethermoon


    woah! i thought it was another upgrade for LCA or something when looking over the thumbnail. :D
    nice review.. likes photo 30. nice

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  3. mattydk


    cool review, great gallery!

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  4. mephisto19


    great galery... the doubles are superdooper

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  5. moochie_lomo


    Very cool! I love little cameras like this. Looks as if it's got a great lens, too. I really like your collages - especially #s 21 and 23. Excellent! Great stuff. Thanks for bringing this camera to our attention!

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  6. herbert-4


    Very nice review, and the overlapping multi's and the penultimate portrait are glorious. Also the camera info is messed up... LSI please fix!!

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  7. cinzinc


    love the gallery

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  8. blue-dog


    Nice review..i have never seen this camera..did my tip help w/ doubles?

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  9. stouf


    Super review !!!

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  10. eggzakly


    Awesome double exposures!!

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  11. lomosexual_manboy


    Really great gallery, especially the doubles. I like cameras like these where you can go buck wild and they come out awesome.

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  12. maxpinckers


    very well written review and some greaaaaat shots!! Looking forward to the next one ;)

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  13. maxpinckers


    @ jaalvarez: that would be me! :D

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  14. vicuna


    Great review and gallery!! The double shots are beautiful!!

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  15. ishoothorizon


    Volgens mij ben je een vlaming.

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  16. breakphreak


    like your photos

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  17. dogma


    Great review and super doubles :)

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  18. ivoryocean


    #9 is beautiful!

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  19. cubilas


    Thanks Lomography for posting my review!
    And thanks everyone for the great comments!

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  20. cubilas


    @ blue-dog: yea, that's what I used, can't remember if it was your tip that got me doing it or some divine intervention
    @ herbert-4: what do you mean camera info messed up?
    (btw: my other review of the Tenax I still has the wrong camera picture with it: LSI, time for action!)
    @ ishoothorizon: eerder Belg en pas erna Vlaming (kan belangrijk zijn in deze communautaire tijden)

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  21. andyzz


    Can it be shoot in the low light conditon like LC-A ?

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  22. cubilas


    @ andyzz: yes it can, it doesn't lock the shutter when there's too little light but of course the autofocus might have trouble focusing when it's too dark, so it's better to use it in daylight or with the flash

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  23. photo_david


    This is a great little camera. I spotted one on eBay for next to nothing after reading this. Just got the package, it's like a rock solid little LC-A. Awesome; very fun to shoot with, can't wait to get the first roll developed! :)
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  24. robvent7


    great review and shots! I love 23

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  25. cfib


    I got mine yesterday for €3 :P but without batteries :/

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  26. photochrom


    I got this wonderful camera on my birthday. Sadly the flash is missing and I couldn't find one. :( This camera is just priceless. :D I've posted a couple of shots on my blog: http://mauvaisesnouv(…)inolta_AF-C

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