How to bypass the LC-A+ lack of Bulb mode? Here I show you how to make long exposures with your LC-A+ using just your finger.
One of the handicaps of the “new” LC-A+ is the lack of the bulb mode (B) which is present in the original LC-A. The LC-A+ is completely automatic and sets the “right” aperture and exposure time according to the light conditions. This works in most of the situations but not when you need some extra exposure time when taking night pictures. For example when there is a dark landscape but a close light source could fool the camera light measure.
You should know that the LC-A+ photometer is placed in a small window close to the ISO selection wheel. When you switch from ISO 100 to ISO 200 (or higher) an small mask with a bigger hole is placed in front of the photometer. The bigger the hole, the more light can reach the photometer shortening the exposure time. That’s because faster films (high ISO) needs less light than slow films (low ISO).
Now the tipster. Use the habitual night photography tips (tripod, cable release, low ISO film…) but before pressing the shutter button put your finger over the photometer window blocking all the light. Keep both fingers in place (blocking the photometer and pressing the shutter) as long as you consider appropriate for a right exposure. Then remove the photometer finger and the camera will close the shutter.