Tipster of the Week: Get Closer, Be Wider.


Got nothing to do this lazy weekend? Better get your tools now and prepare yourself as we do yet another DIY adjustment that’ll make you look through the Lomo LC-A with a bigger and wider perspective! You heard it right and here’s how you do it!

Is it Wide-Angle? Is it Macro? It is Both! by cubilas

I present to you: THE LC-A+ WIDEANGLE MACRO!

Ever thought the Lomo LC-A+ Wide-Angle lens could, with one simple adjustment, be made into a macro lens? Neither did I, until one day…

I was trying to repair my wide-angle lens because the different lens parts were loose and there was a lot of dust in it. When I reassembled it however, I accidentally turned around the glass lens part closest to where the camera would be. So it was upside down. I looked through the lens with my eye to check whether I had put the parts right and noticed I had made a mistake. But what I also noticed was that the closest focus point /depth of field had changed. The wide-angle lens had changed into a MACRO WIDEANGLE LENS! Probably someone with a physics degree could come up with a very reasonable explanation, but I’m not a scientist, and this was just by accident.

How do you open up the wide-angle lens? The front part of the lens, the ring between the sunshade and the glass, can be unscrewed. This way you can take out all the different glass parts. I didn’t encounter any problems reassembling my lens, but of course this is at your own risk.

Of course I had to test it first to be sure it really was a macro lens. I photographed a little ruler, to find out where the focus point was. It’s at a distance of about 9 cm / 3,5 inch (this is at f2.8) but when using a smaller diaphragm the sharpness increases a lot. I’ve used the flash/diaphragm setting on the Lomo LC-A, cause that’s what you had to use on the regular macro lens as well. I haven’t tested it on auto-setting, I guess the best thing is to test it at different ASA settings, to increase the diaphragm.

Most of these pictures were taken in sunlight at f16/f11, 1/60th of a second on Kodak Elitechrome 100 cross-processed. Except for the one with the ruler, which was taken on Agfa Pro 200 film on f2.8 I think.

You might wonder how I put the wide-angle lens on my old-school LC-A. Well, that’s cause I’ve put some parts of my (other) broken LC-A+ on it. The front part and the mx-button can be put onto the old body without any trouble.

I think this wide-angle macro lens is much easier in use than the tunnel vision macro lens. It’s field of view and depth of field are a lot larger, which makes it easier to have something sharp and you can photograph bigger things from really close. I really love the ‘tunnel’ effect. It’s like it sucks you into the picture. The wide-angle makes it possible to include some stuff in the background. It also looks a little bit like a fisheye when using it to photograph faces of people.

To change the lens back to wide-angle modus, just change the lens part back to it’s original position: duh! Be sure not to place back the other parts in the wrong order or turned upside down, I don’t know what happens then, but maybe that’s something for another tipster…

Well I hope you like the results and make some pictures of your own. I didn’t encounter any problems, but you do this at your own risk of course. Have fun!

written by cubilas on 2010-04-18 #gear #tutorials #macro #wide-angle #lc-a #tipster #modification #tipster-of-the-week #wide-angle-macro


  1. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    that's a fantastic tipster, the shots are amazing!

  2. paramir
    paramir ·

    amazing results!! beautiful. now I just have to get an LC-A... :)

  3. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·


  4. stouf
    stouf ·

    Ho ! Here it is ! Congrats mate ! This is genius, and the results are beautiful !!!

  5. amsyarhilman
    amsyarhilman ·

    This. Is. Genius.

  6. panelomo
    panelomo ·

    aha - nice tip! :)

  7. renaishashin
    renaishashin ·

    Yea this is a great tips!

  8. breakphreak
    breakphreak ·

    like it. like the results as well. lots of good things (like x-pro for example) had been discovered by accident :)

  9. dogma
    dogma ·

    WoW great job man! and the pictures are amazing!

  10. cubilas
    cubilas ·

    woohoo! thanks everyone, finally it's online, I've got some more pictures made with the wide-angle macro, I'll post the link here

    and I see the pictures of how to take the lens apart are missing, just check the Wideangle Macro album in my home, though it's really simple some visualisation might help!

  11. disdis
    disdis ·

    Great tipster and better results!

  12. simonjamesonweston
    simonjamesonweston ·

    love to article. I took my lens apart last night and following your directions was fine - took a test film and so will see how it turns out. The middle lens has a shoulder too with a metal ring to fit into so I guess the only other lens that could be reversed is the top lens - so maybe that is the one that get tried next?

  13. lomosexual_manboy
    lomosexual_manboy ·

    This is a seriously awesome tipster and very worthy of the coveted Tipster of the Week. I'm gonna give this a try for sure.

  14. cubilas
    cubilas ·

    this would make perfect for a rumble, a competition for the best wideangle macro pictures!

  15. automaticjanuar
    automaticjanuar ·

    tipster of the year!

  16. cubilas
    cubilas ·

    I wonder how many piggies I'ld earn with tipster of the year :-)

  17. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    Just tried it out, reversed the rear lens and then fixed the lens on my... Diana Mini! :))

  18. drumfire
    drumfire ·

    really GREAT TIP ;) congrat ;)

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