We move with big steps towards the summer and more frequently, we encounter articles about the red LC-A Krab+ underwater housing here in the community. But do you already know the black original? Read on and I'll show you!
The original Krab Underwater Housing is – just like its namesake, the Russian submarine краб (Eng. crab) – made of black metal. It was produced in the years 1987 to 1991 in limited numbers by LOMO in St. Petersburg (or Leningrad). It serves to protect the LC-A and the parallel produced LC-M from water, dirt and strikes. Properly closed, it is water resistant at least to a depth of 10 meters (according to manufacturer).
On top you will find a round window that allows a view of the frame counter. The trigger is actuated by the red lever on the front, just above the краб logo. On the bottom of the housing, you can find the knob for the film advance. On the back, just above the LOMO logo, you will find a window that allows the view through the viewfinder.
Just like the remake, the Krab has an attachable funnel-seeker. Unfortunately, the original doesn’t fit on as strong as the new model: Mine got lost over the last 25 years (probably at a diving mission).
Be careful! If allowed to dive, it sinks like a rock, quite the opposite to the new model. A loop for the neck strap is included.
In the following video I’ll show you the original Krab and how to load the camera:
So you’ll see some (under) water pictures by me in the near future! How do you prepare yourself for the summer? I’m looking forward to your comments and your likes!