Review: A Curious Case of my Lomo LC-A

2013-08-08 7

The Lomo LC-A is one of the most capable cameras I ever had and it’s no wonder it’s one of the favorites of the Lomography community.

I always try to use every camera I can get my hands on but still I keep on coming back to my Lomo LC-A. I like other cameras, I even love some of them, like my Smena 8M but I noticed a lot of times my cameras get lost in difficult conditions. That’s never the case with my Lomo LC-A. No matter the weather, the light conditions or even my mood, the Lomo LC-A seems to always deliver the goods. I tried a lot of different films and I can’t say for any of them that my Lomo LC-A didn’t like it. It is one precious camera for sure.

BUT. Yes, there is always a but. It’s nothing to worry about, it’s just one thing that is special for my Lomo LC-A. It’s like its signature move, a thing it does that is unique and at the same time a mystery to me. What is that, you ask? Well, every single film I use, negative, slide or black and white, there comes a frame right in the middle of the film, where my Lomo LC-A makes a red line. It kind of looks like a light leak. But it’s always in the middle of the film. At first I thought I maybe did this, that I accidentally exposed the film, but I noticed the same line on every next film. So, it wasn’t me, it was totally its fault. I love it for this. Like I said, it’s like a little signature. But I still don’t understand what happens every time. Help me solve this riddle, please.

Credits: lomofrue

written by lomofrue on 2013-08-08 #gear #leak #precious #red #mystery #question #camera #review #lomo #capable #redline #line #case #riddle #light


  1. sandravo
    sandravo ·

    Looks like you're not the only one with curious light leaks on their LC-A!…

  2. benjamik
    benjamik ·

    It happens for a reason that every LC-A is unique, there's no such thing as 2 LC-A's with the same "defect" I own original Russian LC-A and that signature is like originality of every piece of LOMO :) Man, don't worry about it, it's beautiful.

  3. lomofrue
    lomofrue ·

    @sandravo oh that's so cute, lots of unique lomos out there

  4. lomofrue
    lomofrue ·

    @benjamik haha i love it anyway, nothing's gonna chenge that, i was just a little bit curious about that line

  5. marlbrouk
    marlbrouk ·

    I have similar when using redscale. On mine it seems to b where the film becomes skack against the back plate and the light hits the uneven film and perhaps reflects somehow... mayb it happens at the same point in your camera due ti tension between the film cassette and take up. But its cool!

  6. murdoc_niccals
    murdoc_niccals ·

    hi! have you ever resolved this? i have the same problem here with my LC-A. it appears on all films no matter if it is color or B&W so i'm pretty sure it's not mine fault during developing (i'm doing B&W at home and clolour in lab). my leaks look exactly like yours - stripe on right side and bigger leak on left side. i've been doing a check on my LC-A and i think the weak spot is where the strap is attached to body - theres slightly bigger hole in the camera back door - and the foamy gasket which was supposed to fill in the silt between the body and door is missing (sign of old age). so i'll try to cover it somehow and do one roll...

  7. lomofrue
    lomofrue ·

    @murdoc_niccals hey, nope, i never resolved it, i just kind of embraced it :) but now as i think about it, what you are suggesting might really be it!

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