Fix the Sticky-Shutter Problem of the LC-A


Sometimes, you can get your hands on an old Lomo LC-A, but then you notice that the shutter is not working properly. With this tutorial, I'll show you how to disassemble, clean, and reassemble your LC-A so that it will work again.

These are the tools I used:

  • cross-headed screwdriver (size 00)
  • flat-headed screwdriver (size 2.4 & 2.0)
  • match stick with one end cut flat headed
  • tweezer
  • cotton buds
  • isopropyl alcohol

You will need the matchstick to loosen the leatherette of the LC-A because some screws are under it. When you are disassembling the camera, work gently and be cautious so you do not pull of any wires. Otherwise, you have to solder them back!

Disassembling the LC-A

Before you can clean the shutter blades, you have to disassemble the camera. First, the lens protection will be taken off. For this, you have to unscrew the screws on both sides. There are two screws on each side.

After the lens protection, we will remove the top. You have to remove the leatherette because one of the screws is underneath it. Two screws are on the backside and the last two screws are under the rewind lever.

To get on these screws you have to remove the rewind lever. So for this, hold the rewind shaft still and then you can unscrew the whole rewind lever top by moving it anti-clockwise.

Now we take off the bottom. After removing the plastic part of the bottom, you can see the black foam pad which holds the battery door. Please take note that this pad is loose and it falls off easily out of the camera. After unscrewing the top and bottom of the body, the next part is the viewfinder. First, you unscrew the circuit board and then the viewfinder.

After removing the viewfinder you can see a little sliding rod underneath it. This rod is for the needle in the viewfinder to show in which zone the lens is focused at. Take it out with the tweezer.

Removing the Lens

After we disassembled the body we will now remove the lens to get to the shutter blades. First, we lift the cocking arm and swing it away. Then, we unscrew the negative battery connector because it is attached to the circuit board which is around the lens.

Now we unscrew the rings around the lens. The last ring can be easily pulled off, and after removing the rings we loose the screws of the lens plate (blue marks) and the screws which hold the lens plate on the body (red marks).

When the unscrewing is done you can remove the lens plate from the body (be careful both parts are still connected through some wires). Now you can loosen the screws of the circuit board (yellow marks) and of the lens (red marks). When you are done, lift both parts and then you can remove a sliding contact. The next step is to unscrew the last connection of the circuit board and shutter to have the shutter free from the LC-A.

Cleaning the Shutter

After removing the shutter plate from the body and lens you can now start to clean it. To get to the shutter blades, just unscrew the last three screws.

After removing the metal plate you can now remove each blade separately (be cautious here: the blades may not be bent). To clean the blades, use the cotton buds soaked in isopropyl alcohol. Clean both sides of the blades and also the plates where the shutter blades are attached to.

Reassembling the LC-A

To reassemble the camera just do the steps backwards. When putting the camera back together, watch out that the cocking arm is in the right position.

When the top is put back on, the little metal plate has to be underneath it because it resets the frame counter when the back door is opened. Have fun bringing some old LC-A cameras back to life!

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written by tesatscad on 2013-02-21 #gear #tutorials #lc-a #camera #tutorial #repair #tipster #problem #shutter #fix #sticky-shutter

Mentioned Product

Lomo LC-A

Lomo LC-A

Be an analogue photography pro with the Lomo LC-A family. Get the signature ‘35mm Lomographic look’ with shadowy vignettes, eye-popping colors and saturation.The Lomo LC-A is the Russian classic with customizable aperture settings. The Lomo LC-A+ has awesome added tricks like multiple exposure capabilities, extended ISO range up to 1600 and a cable release thread!


  1. djramsay
    djramsay ·

    i will try this at the weekend :)

  2. buckshot
    buckshot ·

    If I did this, I'd have at least three screws left over at the end! (But I don't have an LC-A, so it's ok... ;-). Excellent article, though - really clear and detailed. Bravo!

  3. istionojr
    istionojr ·

    splendid how-to-fix, your explanation is advance. salute!

  4. ehmahh
    ehmahh ·

    @tesatscad damn i failed at this, i did it all and re assembled fine, apparently, but not the advancing wheel wont turn, and i cant figure why?!

  5. ehmahh
    ehmahh ·

    wooo fixed it now!

  6. tesatscad
    tesatscad ·

    @ehmahh great to hear that you fixed your lc-a.

  7. mtahirocak
    mtahirocak ·

    i did all. but when i cock arm, and release, shutter is not open. it just little move.

  8. jwbogers
    jwbogers ·

    Thanks! It worked for two of my lc-a's!

  9. trojak
    trojak ·

    Cool tutorial, but it still does not work :/

  10. crazy_little_red_riding_hood
    crazy_little_red_riding_hood ·

    you saved my new old lc-a... thank you so much!!!

  11. maymcbens
    maymcbens ·

    Same pb with my it the same system?

  12. oliver_hetto
    oliver_hetto ·

    wow, it works! Thank you!!!
    I thought that camera is dead.

  13. susunb
    susunb ·

    @ehmahh how did you fix it? I used the tutorial as well 3 times indeed but it wont work :/

  14. ctheb
    ctheb ·

    @tesatscad My sincere thanks to you for ruining my Lomo forever. What you have omitted to explain, in your tawdry, badly written, badly illustrated instructions, is that the rear door of the camera must be prevented from closing – at all costs – after the "then you can unscrew the whole rewind lever top" stage. I allowed the door to close – it does that, automatically, while you're trying to hold the camera and follow the instructions. And now there's no means of opening the door ever again, other than with a hammer. Again, thanks for your stupidity. Next time, don't contribute any of your "tips".

  15. ctheb
    ctheb ·

    In addition to the above, my Lomo LC-A has internal parts, especially around the lens, which do not match your photos. It's an LC-A, not an LC-A+, but it is different to what you've photographed. It was bought new from Lomo in January 2001. This part in particular – "the screws of the lens plate (blue marks) and the screws which hold the lens plate on the body (red marks)" – is completely different. There is no lens plate, and there are no screws in the areas shown by the red marks.

  16. raz_vanu
    raz_vanu ·

    Any idea about how to fix the distance(focus) lever? It is stucked. Any help? Thanks

  17. mathpuzzleman
    mathpuzzleman ·

    A big well done for taking the trouble to do this. Extremely clear. I am sure all LC-As are a little different to each other and mine was no exception, but the clarity of the instrctions and the detail made it easy regardless. Well not easy, it is a complicated repair, but in the end success is down to the clarity of the instructions and the skill of the repairer. Happily it worked for me. Thanks again.

  18. rj14
    rj14 ·

    tks for that <3

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