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.
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.
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!!