For my last Lomography Online Store haul, I made sure to purchase the LC-A+ Wide Angle Lens -- a cheaper alternative to buying a new LC-Wide. Here are my thoughts and critiques on this (really good-looking) amazing accessory!
We all love to go wide, right?
I know it’s been awhile since the LC-Wide has been released, and it’s amazing to see how it has gathered an extremely large following with strong devotion from Lomographers all across the world. But this review is actually about the somewhat forgotten, somewhat under-represented, LC-A+ Wide Angle Lens.
Let’s face it, sometimes, wider is better.
And for us Lomographers who couldn’t afford an entirely new LC-Wide, despite its beautiful attractions, there is a cheaper alternative. For $149.00 (okay, maybe not that cheap…), anyone can be a proud owner of a new lens that drastically affects the way you see “wide” on your trusty LC-A+.
Wide angle lenses are technically defined as ones that have exceptionally smaller focal lengths in comparison to “normal” lenses in the same area/film plane.
The wide angle lens slides onto the accessory divets on the front of the LC-A+. With it on, the lens allows for your shots to now be 20mm in focal length, in comparison to its original 32mm. This equals a whopping 120 degrees of vision across the board.
This difference in 12mm allows for some true metamorphosis in your photos. Not only does the LC-A+ now take wider photos, but it allows you to focus even closer than before (one of the major selling points for the LC-Wide) — up to 0.35m close! Talk about self-portrait time!
But here’s the serious part. How does the wide angle lens compare to the LC-Wide? Surely the results can’t be exactly the same.
The wide angle lens is not as wide as the LC-Wide, which boasts a 17mm ultra-wide lens. Now, that’s some extreme horizontal latitude.
However, the closest focusing distance for the LC-Wide is 0.4m (as stated on the microsite. If I’m wrong, please feel free to correct me!), which is not as close how the LC-A+ wide angle lens permits.
Also, the wide angle lens sometimes results in a “barrel effect” towards the ends of the photo, like such:
This distortion is not as extreme as a fisheye. The LC-Wide photos I have seen on the Lomography website have not shown extreme barrel effects, that I know of. I suppose it’s an acquired taste, or just an effect that can add to or subtract from your photos — depends how you see it.
Personally, I am thoroughly enjoying getting to know my LC-A+ with its wide angle lens. The lens, while attached to the camera, kind of makes the LC-A+ resemble an SLR body, with its extended lens shape.
Also, the wide angle lens adds some weight to the camera body, as well, making it feel sturdier, and helping me to keep the camera still when I’m doing longer exposures.
I’ve gotten a lot of compliments on how my beloved LC-A+ looks with the lens on, especially from people who have seen my LC-A+ without the lens. It sparks curiosity and great conversation.
It’s also fun to show people how the lens is detachable, and can even be held in front of the lenses of other cameras like my Lubitel 166+ or Canon AE-1 Program, showing how a wide angle lens really opens up the view and horizon. I suppose that could be called “free lensing,” in a crude way.
Any of you other Lomographers love your LC-A+ wide angle lens? Let me know how your lens has treated you. Lomo on!