My first LCA series camera was the LCA+ I bought from Lomoasia.com. After going for a few Lomo outings, I was "poisoned" by my friend's LCA and started looking out to buy a refurb LCA.
Finally, I bought the coveted LCA refurb and started shooting with it. What I like about refurbed LCAs are that they are built like a tank! It feels more “solid” and “meaty” compared to my LCA+. It also has a aperture selector switch whereby one can select the desired Aperture setting at a fixed shutter speed of 1/60s. Of course, you can also leave it at “A” mode whereby exposure is automatically set by the camera.
Film wise, LCA can set ASA settings ranging from 25 to 400, quite different from LCA+’s 100 to 1600. Of course, one can use 800 or 1600 speed films if one don’t mind getting some overexposed photos. I read in one of the tipsters that 800 speed films can be shot at 400 speed on LCA. But I don’t recommend trying 1600 speed films.
After a few rolls, I begun to feel the limitations of the LCA. First off, it can’t do MX without some DIY modding! As I am a DIY idiot, I left the LCA as is. MX is so much fun on the LCA+! Related to MX is the ability to fit accessories such as the wide angle lens and the splitzer. Takes out another element of fun of the LCA+. Lastly, it is also quite challenging to do long exposure as there is no cable release slot.
One advantage of the LCA though, is the ability to set 25 or 50 speed. I use 50 speed setting when shooting redscale films as I kinda dislike the too rich and intense red/orange tones. I just wanna get the vintage, cool tones.
In conclusion, the LCA is now my second love, relegated to one lonely corner of my dry cabinet. My first love remains the cool and amazing LCA+!