Bring your Lomo LC-A everywhere. Literally. Go ahead dive, take a splash. Your LC-A will be there to document everything!
We only have two seasons in our country. Summer and Storm Season. For the first half of the year, you can savor the kick ass beaches of the tropics. And during the rainy sesaon well, it’s a bit harder too shoot. So it made sense for me to take advantage of the LSI’s 50% discount for the LOMO LC-A Krab Underwater housing when you get an LC-A +.+ I actually got the Splitzer Krab bundle but that’s another story all together. Now the Krab stays in the car for impromptu swimming trips or rainy outdoor events when I’m shooting.
The LC-A + Krab underwater housing is a reproduction of the metal ones fabricated in the 80’s. This version however is made of plastic and therefore much lighter to pack in your travel bag. Right off the bat I was puzzled on how to use the Krab. I had to do a little research online to see if there were any leaks and how to properly seal the thing.Since it didn’t come with any clear instructions on do’s and dont’s.Since most Lomographers are land based animals it would have been better if LSI included tips in the packaging. Good thing when we went scuba diving, one of the instructors was an underwater photographer and she showed me the ropes of how to take care of the underwater casing. It would have been nice if you could adjust the focus while using it underwater but I guess that’s a bit of a design challenge. Oh and it can only go 20m deep so more advanced divers are gonna have to look for something more serious for under water shots.
Here are some of my tips for the Krab:
1.Before you put in your LC-A+, Test your case for leaks by placing paper inside, sealing the Krab and dipping it or placing it under running water. If the paper gets wet, then you’re in trouble.
2. Remove the rubber O-ring and apply the silicon before actual use. This will prolong the life of the O-ring and remove contaminants like dust and hair that could cause a leak when you seal the camera.
3. Apply a little shampoo, or toothpaste on the glass inside the Krab and let it dry. This will keep it from fogging up.
4. Consider the distance of subjects you are going to shoot on a swim or dive. 1.5m is safe for general subjects but if you know that you’re gonna shoot up close then 0.8 would be better.
5. Wash the Krab under the tap before storing it away. You don’t want sand and dirt getting stuck on the knobs and O-ring. Don’t wipe it dry with a towel tho. It’s best to air dry the Krab.
6.Remove he O-ring if your not gonna use the Krab for a few months.Just remember to lube it up before placing it back on the case
Anyway It’s a pretty cool accessory to have. Shoot under the sea. Shoot in the summer, shoot in the rain shoot in the snow with this thing nothing can stop you. Unless you’re out of film…