Lomo LC-M


Pretty much everyone has heard of the Lomo LC-A, and if you're reading this then you probably own one or know someone who does. But what about it's lesser-known sibling, the Lomo LC-M? Never heard of it? Well read on..

The Lomo LC-M is one of the rarest cameras I own, and it took me ages to track one down. It was destined to be the successor of the hugely popular Lomo LC-A, but for some reason, it wasn't meant to be. Only a few thousand were made during 1986/1987, whilst production of the hugely popular LC-A continued until 2005.

As you can see in the photo, it looks a bit different to the LC-A. Some people think it's ugly - possibly a contributing factor to it's (lack of) popularity. I think it looks lovely - the Russian text around the shutter is a great touch.

Apart from its looks, this camera has several major technical improvements over the LC-A. Firstly, it's ISO goes up to 800, making it even better for shooting in dark/low-light conditions. This ISO setting comes with the cost of losing ISO25.

The camera also has a cable release screw-in hole. This is a very useful feature - I always found myself accidentally nudging or shaking my LC-A whilst holding the shutter button during long-exposures, leading to blurry pictures. It allows me to do self portraits thanks to a little clockwork shutter-release thingie I got. Or I can screw in a cable-release cord and do blur-free long exposures.

There are a few minor changes too - there is one light in the viewfinder (instead of the LC-A's 2); it takes two batteries (instead of 3); the nearest focus is 0.9m (instead of 0.8); and the shutter mechanism is apparently better/more-reliable, but I haven't really noticed this.

Photos taken with this camera have the same characteristics as an LC-A - vignettes, accurate exposure, contrasty-ness - I wasn't expecting anything less. But as you can see from my photos, I have a few lightleak issues. The camera is also missing it's ISO Selector dial, meaning I can only use ISO100 films. This is not a great problem as I have loads of film, but it would be nice to use other ISOs some time! I think a trip to the repair man is in order.

If you can find an LC-M, I really recommend getting one!

written by dazb on 2009-12-26 #gear #russian #review #lomo #lc-m #rare


  1. lomosexual_manboy
    lomosexual_manboy ·

    Sweet camera and gallery. Sometimes the quirks are what make the camera special.

  2. zulupt
    zulupt ·

    Woow, i've never heard of it. It seem to take more sharpen pics but wit less vignetting. I like it. *****

  3. takezzo
    takezzo ·

    i saw this camera on sale for a couple of times. but 600 dollars was way too much for me. only if i find it under..... say 100 dollar. how much did you pay for this?

  4. renaishashin
    renaishashin ·

    wow LC-M haha! Something new to me :D Nice review~

  5. panelomo
    panelomo ·


  6. minty
    minty ·

    wow you've taken some great shots with the LC-M. i think i'll try and get hold of one of these cameras one day!

  7. lomovan
    lomovan ·

    great cam and nice review!!))

  8. cyan-shine
    cyan-shine ·

    Great review, great pics, great camera! Probably every lomographer here will want one now :D

  9. saidseni
    saidseni ·

    Hey, nice to meet your friend!

  10. copefan
    copefan ·

    I've tried to find one of these, and I've bid on a couple but I've always lost out

  11. copefan
    copefan ·

    And £350 is a little high! Nice review

  12. spendospend
    spendospend ·

    ive been trying t get hold of one for ages, they look pretty cool, great gallery dude!!

  13. dazb
    dazb ·

    Thanks for all the cool comments, I was super pleased when I found this camera. It was nowhere near as expensive as some prices mentioned in comments - I guess I got lucky!

    I've got another gallery of photos here to show more of what the camera is capable of - lomography.com/homes/dazb/albums/lomo-lc-m-roll-02 - mainly night shots, silhouettes and squirrels :)

  14. ilovemydiana
    ilovemydiana ·

    im going to find me one of them.

  15. myvitaminx
    myvitaminx ·

    i gotta own this camera!

  16. ykyboom
    ykyboom ·

    anyone willing to sell me one? I need it very badly.
    email me: ykyboom@yahoo.com

  17. spendospend
    spendospend ·

    @ykyboom i will sell mine if a good offer is made, its in mint condition in original box with manual

  18. an4
    an4 ·


  19. an4
    an4 ·

    is it still for sale?

  20. an4
    an4 ·

    are you still active with LK-M?

  21. gauthierdumonde
    gauthierdumonde ·

    Great camera. I bought one 15 years ago.
    I don't use it much. I own a bunch of lc-a s and this lc-m seems a bit sharper. But I aint sure... It might be wishful thinking from my part 😁

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