Cheating on Your LC-A + for Long Exposures


How can we ignore the B-mode failure of our LC-A +? Here I show you how to do long exposures with your LC-A + using only one finger.

One of the limitations of the “new” LC-A + is the lack of bulb mode (B) and it is present in the original LC-A. The LC-A + is fully automatic and choose the aperture and exposure time “appropriate” for the lighting conditions at the time of shooting. This is enough for most situations but not when we need extra exposure time for taking pictures at night. For example, when we are faced with a dimly lit scene, but a strong light source nearby fools the light metering of our camera.

Most photometers must know that the LC-A + is in a nearby window to the wheel to select the ISO. When we change from ISO 100 to ISO 200 (or higher) also makes a small mask with a hole in the center in front of the photometer. The higher the ISO the greater the hole allowing more light reaching the photometer and decreasing the exposure time. This is connected with the least amount of light they need fast film (high ISO) to be well exposed compared with slow film (low ISO).

Now for the trick: We must take into account all the usual recommendations for night photography (tripod, cable release, slow film, etc) but before pressing the shutter button, we have to place a finger to block the light from entering the photometer. We keep two fingers in this position (blocking the photometer and squeezing the trigger) for a time deem necessary for our photo. Then, remove the blockage of the photometer and camera shutter closes automatically.

Credits: megustastu

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written by megustastu on 2011-10-28 #gear #tutorials #night #long-exposure #camera #bulb #tipster #finger-tip #mode-b #quick-tricks #spot-meter


  1. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    @megustastu: You're right about the trick but it's the same for the original LC-A which has no B setting at all.....

  2. megustastu
    megustastu ·

    @vicuna: totally right, I'm wrong... the LC-A has aperture selection but not exposure time (including B mode). So the trick it's also useful for the original LC-A. Thanks for reading!

  3. megustastu
    megustastu ·

    I realize now that this is a translation of my Spanish article, I'm sad to see some misspellings like "Most photometers must know..." I it's weird that it's published before my own original English version (wich I send at the same time than the Spanish)

  4. robotmonkey1996
    robotmonkey1996 ·

    Actually, you can use a "bulb hack" for both lc-a's. just put the batteries in backwards and that will put it into temporary bulb mode. you can even choose the aperture.

  5. lighttomysoul
    lighttomysoul ·

    Cool! :)

  6. jacobs
    jacobs ·

    great tip!

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