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Pretty much everyone has heard of the Lomo LC-A, and if you're reading this then you probably own one or know someone who does. But what about it's lesser-known sibling, the Lomo LC-M? Never heard of it? Well read on..

The Lomo LC-M is one of the rarest cameras I own, and it took me ages to track one down. It was destined to be the successor of the hugely popular Lomo LC-A, but for some reason, it wasn’t meant to be. Only a few thousand were made during 1986/1987, whilst production of the hugely popular LC-A continued until 2005.

As you can see in the photo, it looks a bit different to the LC-A. Some people think it’s ugly – possibly a contributing factor to it’s (lack of) popularity. I think it looks lovely – the Russian text around the shutter is a great touch.

Apart from its looks, this camera has several major technical improvements over the LC-A. Firstly, it’s ISO goes up to 800, making it even better for shooting in dark/low-light conditions. This ISO setting comes with the cost of losing ISO25.

The camera also has a cable release screw-in hole. This is a very useful feature – I always found myself accidentally nudging or shaking my LC-A whilst holding the shutter button during long-exposures, leading to blurry pictures. It allows me to do self portraits thanks to a little clockwork shutter-release thingie I got. Or I can screw in a cable-release cord and do blur-free long exposures.

There are a few minor changes too – there is one light in the viewfinder (instead of the LC-A’s 2); it takes two batteries (instead of 3); the nearest focus is 0.9m (instead of 0.8); and the shutter mechanism is apparently better/more-reliable, but I haven’t really noticed this.

Photos taken with this camera have the same characteristics as an LC-A – vignettes, accurate exposure, contrasty-ness – I wasn’t expecting anything less. But as you can see from my photos, I have a few lightleak issues. The camera is also missing it’s ISO Selector dial, meaning I can only use ISO100 films. This is not a great problem as I have loads of film, but it would be nice to use other ISOs some time! I think a trip to the repair man is in order.

If you can find an LC-M, I really recommend getting one!

written by dazb


  1. lomosexual_manboy


    Sweet camera and gallery. Sometimes the quirks are what make the camera special.

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  2. zulupt


    Woow, i've never heard of it. It seem to take more sharpen pics but wit less vignetting. I like it. *****

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  3. takezzo


    i saw this camera on sale for a couple of times. but 600 dollars was way too much for me. only if i find it under..... say 100 dollar. how much did you pay for this?

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  4. renaishashin


    wow LC-M haha! Something new to me :D Nice review~

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  6. minty


    wow you've taken some great shots with the LC-M. i think i'll try and get hold of one of these cameras one day!

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  7. lomovan


    great cam and nice review!!))

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  8. cyan-shine


    Great review, great pics, great camera! Probably every lomographer here will want one now :D

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  9. saidseni


    Hey, nice to meet your friend!

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  10. copefan


    I've tried to find one of these, and I've bid on a couple but I've always lost out

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  11. copefan


    And £350 is a little high! Nice review

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  12. spendospend


    ive been trying t get hold of one for ages, they look pretty cool, great gallery dude!!

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  13. dazb


    Thanks for all the cool comments, I was super pleased when I found this camera. It was nowhere near as expensive as some prices mentioned in comments - I guess I got lucky!

    I've got another gallery of photos here to show more of what the camera is capable of - http://lomography.co(…)c-m-roll-02 - mainly night shots, silhouettes and squirrels :)

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  14. ilovemydiana


    im going to find me one of them.

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  15. myvitaminx


    i gotta own this camera!

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  16. ykyboom


    anyone willing to sell me one? I need it very badly. email me: ykyboom@yahoo.com
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  17. spendospend


    @ykyboom i will sell mine if a good offer is made, its in mint condition in original box with manual

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