Got nothing to do this lazy weekend? Better get your tools now and prepare yourself as we do yet another DIY adjustment that'll make you look through the Lomo LC-A with a bigger and wider perspective! You heard it right and here's how you do it!
Is it Wide-Angle? Is it Macro? It is Both! by cubilas
I present to you: THE LC-A+ WIDEANGLE MACRO!
Ever thought the Lomo LC-A+ Wide-Angle lens could, with one simple adjustment, be made into a macro lens? Neither did I, until one day…
I was trying to repair my wide-angle lens because the different lens parts were loose and there was a lot of dust in it. When I reassembled it however, I accidentally turned around the glass lens part closest to where the camera would be. So it was upside down. I looked through the lens with my eye to check whether I had put the parts right and noticed I had made a mistake. But what I also noticed was that the closest focus point /depth of field had changed. The wide-angle lens had changed into a MACRO WIDEANGLE LENS! Probably someone with a physics degree could come up with a very reasonable explanation, but I’m not a scientist, and this was just by accident.
How do you open up the wide-angle lens? The front part of the lens, the ring between the sunshade and the glass, can be unscrewed. This way you can take out all the different glass parts. I didn’t encounter any problems reassembling my lens, but of course this is at your own risk.
Of course I had to test it first to be sure it really was a macro lens. I photographed a little ruler, to find out where the focus point was. It’s at a distance of about 9 cm / 3,5 inch (this is at f2.8) but when using a smaller diaphragm the sharpness increases a lot. I’ve used the flash/diaphragm setting on the Lomo LC-A, cause that’s what you had to use on the regular macro lens as well. I haven’t tested it on auto-setting, I guess the best thing is to test it at different ASA settings, to increase the diaphragm.
Most of these pictures were taken in sunlight at f16/f11, 1/60th of a second on Kodak Elitechrome 100 cross-processed. Except for the one with the ruler, which was taken on Agfa Pro 200 film on f2.8 I think.
You might wonder how I put the wide-angle lens on my old-school LC-A. Well, that’s cause I’ve put some parts of my (other) broken LC-A+ on it. The front part and the mx-button can be put onto the old body without any trouble.
I think this wide-angle macro lens is much easier in use than the tunnel vision macro lens. It’s field of view and depth of field are a lot larger, which makes it easier to have something sharp and you can photograph bigger things from really close. I really love the ‘tunnel’ effect. It’s like it sucks you into the picture. The wide-angle makes it possible to include some stuff in the background. It also looks a little bit like a fisheye when using it to photograph faces of people.
To change the lens back to wide-angle modus, just change the lens part back to it’s original position: duh! Be sure not to place back the other parts in the wrong order or turned upside down, I don’t know what happens then, but maybe that’s something for another tipster…
Well I hope you like the results and make some pictures of your own. I didn’t encounter any problems, but you do this at your own risk of course. Have fun!