Perfect close-up focusing with a Lomo LC-A+


If you’re no good at judging distances Zone Focusing on the Lomo LC-A+ can be difficult, but with a a couple of techniques you can nail it every time.

For anyone who has never tried an LC-A+ Zone Focusing can seem low tech, but with a little practice you’ll find that zone focusing is one of the keys to this camera’s charm.

The minimum focus of the LC-A+ is 80cm, which means when set to this value everything 80cm in front of the camera will be in focus. Now while you could carry a dress-maker’s tape measure everywhere to check your focusing distances, another technique is to use the tip of your finger.

Yes, if you look through the viewfinder then point your arm straight out in front of you, you’ll find that the tip of your finger is roughly 80cm from your face. I’m a tall guy at 195cm and for me it works perfectly, but if your shorter you could get a friend to help measure the distance, so if your arm is a bit short you know how much to compensate by.

Now that I’ve learned this technique, my friends find it funny when I go take a portrait of them and the first thing I do is touch them on the nose.

Also, if whatever your trying to shoot is between two focusing positions, (like 1.25m) rather then selecting 80cm or 1.5m and hoping for the best, the LC-A is very happy if you put the level half way between the two.

written by disasterarea on 2011-05-21 #gear #tutorials #camera #tipster #zone-focus-lomo-lc-a-lc-a-close-up-portrait


  1. lighttomysoul
    lighttomysoul ·

    80 cm for me is my arm straight held out, shoulder and half my head. I was getting too many blurry close ups so one day I just held my arm out and measured it :)

  2. lighttomysoul
    lighttomysoul ·

    195 man!! damn you're tall. I'm only 170.

  3. kamiraze
    kamiraze ·

    I use the same technique! But since I'm not very tall I really have to strecht my arm to accieve this. Never tried the "inbetween focus"... will definitely do that, thanks!

  4. rixynator
    rixynator ·


  5. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    With 187 cm, my extended arm is also approx. 0.8m... 1 large step is 1,5m, 2 large steps is 3m....

  6. scede
    scede ·

    great, should work with my 1.93 ;)

  7. badjuju
    badjuju ·

    Ha! I'm only 154.9... Which explains why my self portraits are blurry :(

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