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Cosina CX-1 - The Grandfather of the Lomo LC-A

The Cosina CX-1 is the grandfather of Lomo LC-A, actually, the LC-A is kind of a copy of this camera. I’ve been searching for the Cosina CX-1 for a long time and now I own one.

Photo from: homepage3.nifty.com

I already knew that Lomo LC-A was inspired in Cosina CX-1, almost a copy. When I bought this camera I was astonished by the similarity between the two cameras; Size, weight and design is the same, the buttons are very similar and they are almost in the same place, even the screws are positioned in the same place.

The biggest difference between the two cameras is the front piece; it also has viewfinder and lens cover but instead of using the bottom button to open or close the slide cover, you have to rotate the whole front piece clockwise to open the cover.

The camera is superbly crafted, very well built with good quality materials and very reliable, it is a bit rougher and all the mechanisms work much smoother, especially the rotation of the front piece.

The first film that I used on CX-1 was a Fuji Velvia; it is one of my favorite films and I use it a lot with my LC-A, it was the perfect film to find out the similarities and differences between the two cameras. The results are, like the camera itself, very similar; Cosina CX-1 produces sharper photos but it looses a bit on colors, Lomo LC-A produces more vivid and brighter colors but it is only a slight difference, overall, the photos look that they where taken by the same camera.

Personally, I like both cameras; it is nice to carry both cameras loaded with different films, one with slide film and the other loaded with B&W or redscale film.

What I like in this camera:

  • Optics.
  • Mechanical performance and reliability.
  • Overall quality.
  • Lens cover.
  • History.
  • Sharpness.

What I dislike in this camera:

  • ISO range (max. 400ISO).
  • No cable release thread.

written by zulupt

25 comments

  1. vicuna

    vicuna

    Great review and amazing gallery! the beach and sunset pictures are really beautiful!

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  2. vicuna

    vicuna

    And I love the DS shots too, a fantastic beautiful car! Did you know that the name of this car is a word play as DS is pronounced Déesse and means goddess in french...! :)

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  3. lawypop

    lawypop

    amazing colors!

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  4. herbert-4

    herbert-4

    Wonderful review of an excellent camera!! And a wonderful gallery, especially that Citroen DS21 Pallas (?)!!

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  5. adi_totp

    adi_totp

    amazing!!

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  6. satomi

    satomi

    ohhhh, I so want this camera!!

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  7. maximum_b

    maximum_b

    great review, great pictures!

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  8. crayfish

    crayfish

    great colors

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  9. mephisto19

    mephisto19

    beautiful gallery!!!

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  10. dazb

    dazb

    Great review! I picked up one of these the other day at a camera fair :)

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  11. paper_doll

    paper_doll

    finalmente :D lovely shots indeed.

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  12. stouf

    stouf

    Wah ! Excellent ! And I'm a DS lover too !

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  13. panelomo

    panelomo

    of course! :)

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  14. nicolas_noir

    nicolas_noir

    I'm on the hunt for one of these or a CX-2. Prices are pretty much the same as the L-CA these days. From looking at photos produced from both the CX 1 and 2, I would also say that the optics are probably "better" than the L-CA in the sense that it covers more of the frame and doesn't seem to create any vignetting.

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  15. cinzinc

    cinzinc

    a simplified and direct comparison to the LC-A! i like this review! great job, great gallery!

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  16. bongofury

    bongofury

    Great gallery

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  17. rexhibitionist

    rexhibitionist

    Fantastic shots. Now I hope I can find one of these in a thrift store locally!

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  18. zulupt

    zulupt

    @ vicuna @herbert-4 @stouf : I´m also a DS lover (Pallas), the sexiest car ever made ;)
    @nicolas_noir : The optics are better, infact, the whole camera is better but an Lc-a is always an Lc-a. There are other clones (they just re-brand the camera): Petri Px-1/Px-2 and Porst 135; you might want to look for them.
    @paper_doll : Podes crer, tardou mas apareceu. Obrigado.
    To all: Thanks for the comments ;)

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  19. myvitaminx

    myvitaminx

    wanna sell it?do contact me

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  20. zulupt

    zulupt

    @myvitaminx : Sorry mate, this is a keeper ;) Take a look at e-bay, I bought mine there. Thanks.

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  21. afd_lsi

    afd_lsi

    nice review. and great gallery.

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  22. kdstevens

    kdstevens

    Great gallery and the DS puts it over the top!

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  23. bravopires

    bravopires

    marvellous that is maravilhoso!

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  24. xdinx

    xdinx

    WTF!! it take beautiful pictures!! really need to get this one..

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  25. vicuna

    vicuna

    Just bought a CX 1!! :)))

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