Perseverance has been the key to success!


I got a refurbished LC-A off eBay a few months ago, and although I have had several problems with it, I have powered through and now it seems to be doing it’s job and getting me the results I had always dreamed of.

As I am a bit of cheapskate (forgive me I am a poor student AGAIN!), I decided to get a Lomo LC-A off an ebay seller who sold them “refurbished” although I do think he definition may be somewhat questionable. When it arrive, with some handwritten operating instructions I was so excited I loaded a film straight away, shot all day long around work and rushed to the late night lab to get it developed. After waiting a nervous hour I went to collect the prints only to be told that the entire film was blank!!!
I was gutted, but then I re-read the info that had been sent along with the camera read the words “may need new batteries”, which annoyed me a bit as you’d think something refurbished would have a battery but whatever, I put some new ones in and used the magic of the internet to discover what the 2 led lights mean and that this is how you can tell if your battery is working. I took it out one bright and sunny day and started to shoot, only to realise 3 photos in that the leds had gone off. I thought it had eaten up the batteries and had to wait a long time before I could get to buy some new ones. When I loaded up the new ones, they also did not make the leds function so I knew then I had a different problem. Again, using flickr I found that it could be a simple case of a loose connection so I got out my trusty tweezers and tightened up the inside. Hoorah, on came my leds!! I took my camera for a day out in London and shot a whole roll of Lomography redscale XR.

Credits: kneehigh85

Now whilst some of the lovely lomo community have commented that this light leak effect is cool on this set, it is not how I expected, nor wanted my photos to come out!!! I realised I had a whole new problem, the seals were gone and the foam around the edges needed replacing. I purchased some foam and am currently waiting for it to ship from the USA, until then I had to resort some super-reliable black electrical tape. At last I finally managed to shoot a roll and get the kind of lovely photos I had hoped for.

Credits: kneehigh85

All in all, and although my LC-A is not 100% refurbished as yet as I still need to re-foam the seals, I would say get one because when it works the results are really pleasing. My only advice would be, either buy it from lomography or a reliable camera selling because trusting someone off eBay does not always pay off, no matter how much of a bargain you think you are going to get!!

written by kneehigh85 on 2011-04-01 #gear #review #user-review #requested-post #lc-a-refurbished-old-ebay-problems-fixing-repairs-tape-light


  1. lighttomysoul
    lighttomysoul ·

    kudos for not giving up!

  2. sharktopus
    sharktopus ·

    Great shots well worth the wait!

  3. herbert-4
    herbert-4 ·

    Keep fixing!! Old Russian LCA's have longer lives and seem sturdier than LCA+'s. Enjoy.

  4. kneehigh85
    kneehigh85 ·

    I would just like to clarify, the excellent redscale shot of the dog is neither mine, nor taken on the LC-A! Either I embedded the wrong photo number, or LSI copied it wrong (I am 99% sure it will be me). It is taken by the excellent @dbyremus15 who if you haven't already, you should check out the lomohome!

  5. disasterarea
    disasterarea ·

    Sorry to hear you had a bad experience buying a used LC-A from Ebay but there are many good dealers on there that will sell you one in great condition with fresh batteries and english instructions.

    Both the LC-A and LC-A have their own qualities and if you can it's worth owning both.

    The LC-A+ allows you to use films Iso 800 and above and attachments like the Wide Angle Lens and Splitzer, while the LC-A has an Aperture switch....which while a little confusing at first, once mastered will give you control when taking pictures with a flash because it lets you set the shutter speed to 1/60th of a second then decide how much light you let in.

  6. fookshit
    fookshit ·

    @kneehigh85 just got rid off the dog, sorry about that. weird though.

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