Lomo LC Wide isn't one of the cheap plastic cameras, it even cannot be found
for low prices, but it's similar to the LC-A model shown here. It's easy to handle and doesn't let you know the settings
it chose. It makes part of the
Lomography family and its style of photographing.
Lomo LC-Wide is a very small ultrawide 35mm film camera with automatic
exposure, in fact it's a Chinese LC-A+ with an ultra wide lens. It was
released in 2011. The original of this camera was the Cosina CX-2, from
which Lomo copied its LC-A widely. It is very easy to handle: You just
slide dustcover open and it's ready. Its main features are:
17mm F4.5 Minitar-1 lens, 2-zone focus, min. focus 0,40m Automatic electronic shutter, +120sec(!!).-1/500, Aperture F 4.5-16. Battery o.k. and exposure warning LED in viewfinder Size 108x68x44,5, Weight 220 gr. 100-1600 ISO, double exposure possibility 3 film formats: 24x36, 24x24, 18x24
Well protected behind the "dust cover", ISO setting and indicator, focussing lever. Above. Exposure counter, shutter button, hot shoe with cover, rewind handle.
Dust cover half open for 18x24 format.
from below. It takes 3 LR/SR44 batteries, still available. Motor wind coupling (the motor wind was never released.), rewind unlock button, film advance selector (full/half), double exposure release, tripod socket, battery compartment. Under the lens: cover sliding lever with intermediate setting for 18x24.
Full front view.
Seen from the back. Film type window, viewer, film advance wheel.
nice gadget from Lomography: an instant back for Fuji Instax Mini Film.
It uses the Instax back from the LC-A+, but needs an extra adaption
set. The set (shown here) contains a viewer and a magnetic compensation lens which
clips in front of the original lens (the LC-A has a compensation lens
which clips behind the lens, inside the camera). The photos cover full
format with very heavy, Lomo-style vignetting. And yes, I own 2 Lomo LC
The Lomo LC Wide is unique. There is no other compact
ultra wide camera with 17mm or near to it. There was the 15mm Zeiss
Hologon camera in the 70s, a full size camera, it was F 8 and it costs
thousands. The Lomo has a F 4.5 lens which has relativly mild
distortion and very low vignetting for such a wide lens. It's a nice
and easy to handle camera. It's very compact, its long exposure
capability distances most of the others. Seen its lens it isn't even
The 3 formats are more kind of a gadget. The
18x24 format has its own film advance, so you can squeeze about 75
photos on a 36 exp. film and it has its own viewing mask. The 24x24
format is just a film mask inside the camera, spacing is 36mm, so I
don't see the use of it. The camera is real fun if you are into wide
angles, like I am. There are many enthusiastic reviews on the web which
I find quite annoying, there is a lot of copy and paste from the clever
Lomography marketing material.
the price, the build quality
seems to be dubious. This was confirmed to me by a Polish repair firm.
Especially the shutter button seems to be a problem. I have 2 LC Wide
cameras and an LC-A+ with issues, one of them new, but as it was
a present, I could not get my hands on the warranty papers. Thanks to
the Polish guys both versions could be repaired. They have disappeared
from Ebay and I have not heard about any other repair firm.
gereral words about Lomography and their service: There is a 2-year
warranty, at least in Europe. My personal experience with their service
is very good. As most of their cameras are made of (cheap) plastic,
there is no repair, they just exchange your defective camera. You have
to send it in to their Vienna office at your expenses, which is not cheap
if you are not based in Austria, but they try to compensate by adding
film or so to the return. You absolutely need a proof of purchase,
there was heavy abuse by fraudulent customers they told me. So if you
buy second hand or your camera is gift, be sure to put your hands on
the proof of purchase. After the 2-years warranty period it's over.
They will try to help for the expensive not-so-plastic cameras like the
LC series, but for the rest there is no repair. Keep this in mind for
the prices you pay for older gear.