Which Lomography Camera Should I Buy First?


You think, how can that camera take such wonderful photos? You ask your friends for advice and they tell you its a Lomography Camera and that they have 10 different ones. You look around the Lomography Shop and, goodness, they are all beautiful and cool! You think to yourself, which one should I get?

You have probably seen your friends carry quirky, funny looking cameras and winding the film everytime he/she took a shot. You think: "Why bother? I have my fancy new DSLR. I can shoot at a mind-blowing X (insert your favourite number here) frames per second. I can view my photos straight away. I don’t have to spend money to have my photos develop. I do not need to wait 3 to 5 days to just look at my photos. Why bother?

Then your friends post their photos taken by that quirky, funny looking camera on Facebook. The photos are wonderful! The saturation! Vignettes! Soft focus! ZOMG! I’ll try to replicate that look on my photo editing software. But the results are not the same.

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You think how can that camera take such wonderful photos? You ask your friends they tell you its a Lomo Camera and that they have maybe 10 different ones. You come to this Lomography website, you take a look at all the photos. By the Gods! They are all beautiful! You click on to the Lomography Shop, there are hundreds of cameras. You think to yourself, “Which one should I get?”

You my friend, have gone through what everyone else in this website have gone through. “Which lomo camera should I get?” Luckily I am here to help you. I have quite a few lomo cameras, the LC-A, Fisheye 2, Diana, Diana Mini, Supersampler, etc. You name it, I probably have used it.

Shooting film for the first time can be quite a scary experience. But hey, isn’t all the things in your life done the first time scary? You have the ISO, shutter, aperture and all the camera mambo-jumbo to worry about.

So what is the ideal first lomo camera for you? The answer to that is: the Lomo LC-A+. With the LC-A+, all you need to worry about is your focusing.

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ISO? Just look at the film box. See the number? 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600? Set the small dial on the top right hand corner of the front of the camera to that number.

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Shutter speed? Don’t worry! LC-A+ will take care of that for you! Just make sure you hear 2 clicks of the shutter before releasing the shutter button.

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Focusing? Just guess the distance of yourself from your subject and set it!

Lastly, for a first timer, Try to shoot only in bright daylight to avoid disappointment!

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I have had many cameras but the one i still go to is still the LC-A+. Just make sure when you first get it to introduce yourself to it and treat it well! Once it recognizes you, it will give you amazing photos EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.

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The Lomo LC-A+ is known worldwide for its amazing features: automatic exposure, extended ISO range, and multiple and long exposure capabilities. Get your own Lomo LC-A+ now!

written by dzulfazly on 2012-03-22 #gear #tutorials #camera #tipster #lomo-which-camera-should-i-buy-first-lomography


  1. xxxanderrr
    xxxanderrr ·

    As if you don't have to bother about shutter speeds and apertures when using a DSLR.. a digital point-and-shoot, maybe, but anyone with a DSLR should know the basics.

  2. dzulfazly
    dzulfazly ·

    I agree with you that anyone with a DSLR should know the basics. I myself own a DSLR. But this is not about that. All I'm saying is that with the LC-A+, you need not worry about all the technicalities, set the ISO and distance scale and the LC-A+ will pretty much do the rest for you (More of a film point-and-shoot or shutter-priority camera if you will). It eliminates the need for you to look at what you shoot after you shot it off the LCD screen and enjoy the experience of taking the photo. Which is the whole spirit of Lomography!

  3. adam_g2000
    adam_g2000 ·

    A very arguable conclusion, following the logic, a La Sardina would be a better choice. Being far less costly it's also more risk averse if you find out you don't like shooting film. But who wouldn't ;)

  4. karo_mini
    karo_mini ·

    Eh, ive got diana mini, diana f+ and actionsampler and since ever my dream is lomo lc-a + but it's true that it's quite expensive... maybe la sardina will be a good choice at the beginning? or i will keep on saving :) nice article though! :)

  5. dzulfazly
    dzulfazly ·

    Hi karo_mini! My advice would be to continue saving for the lc-a+. Yes its more expensive but it comes with a reason. It has a metering system. Although it will not instantly confirm that you'll get perfect photos everytime, it does help in you getting better exposed shots! Good luck in your choice!

  6. betortita
    betortita ·

    I think I have to agree that a "La Sardina" would be a better choice for a first lomo camera, of course both cameras are different (they meant to be) but the price of a La sardina with a Fritz the Blitz Flash is cheaper than the lc-a, and as a first camera the saves can be put on a cr123 battery and lots of film for starting to pratice :D
    by my own experience if you start with a lomo camera and you like it, you will buy other lomo cameras, so i'll put the lc-a at 2-3 option.

  7. larrywzh
    larrywzh ·

    Whats your advice on LC-A+ vs. LC-Wide?I currently own a Diana F+.But i want a LCA too!!but i can't decide to go for which.

  8. dzulfazly
    dzulfazly ·

    hey larrywzh! from your post, i assume you do not own either. between the 2, i personally will go for the lc-a+. few reasons for this:
    1) the lc-a is about $200 cheaper than the lc-wide
    2) if you decide you want a wider angle, there is a wide angle lens accessory for the lc-wide (although the lc-wide does a better job than a lc-a+ with wide angle lens by the photos they produce).

    and if you rreeealy like the wide angle, then go for the lc-wide!

    either way, im sure you wont go wrong with either one!

  9. shhquiet
    shhquiet ·

    I agree with you, @dzulfazly. I've tried so many cameras but the Lomo LC-A+ never fails!

  10. ysmnrhm
    ysmnrhm ·


  11. dzulfazly
    dzulfazly ·

    Thanks everyone for your likes and comments!!!

  12. vettievette
    vettievette ·

    I agree w/ the LC-A but would also contend that if price is a huge concern - any simple point and shoot film camera or film slr coupled w/ LOMO film would get anybody sucked into the Lomography world. The results I've gotten w/ my non-LOMO brand cameras w/ rolls of Lomo film, Agfa, Kodak ektachrome, etc have been amazing.

  13. iamtheju
    iamtheju ·

    I don't think someone buying a camera on a whim after seeing some pretty photos should get a £250 LC-A. As someone said above, the La Sardina would make a better starter camera for a novice (and I usually assume anyone with a DSLR is a novice)
    Alternatively, the Fisheye No.2 has a built-in flash, takes a AA battery and promises quirkiness with it's wonderful lens.
    Another good thing to do would be to ignore the LOMO site as it is sometimes a wildly self-promoting place and buy your first camera on ebay. there are plenty of bargains out there that will give you an alternative step into the world of lomography.
    p.s. I just re-read this and it sounds a little aggressive :( which was not my intention.
    LOVELOVELOVE to all!

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