It is a very weird camera, but that's a significant portion of its charm. I just shot two more rolls with mine that I have to scan - when I have them done I'll post some.Lovely! I still want one of these cameras! I remain a trepidatious chicken but this could all change tomorrow!
I haven't used it in winter yet. If we get a decent snowfall, I'll take it out and put a roll through it to see, but I suspect it will be fine so long as I keep it inside my coat when not taking photos - it takes 3 button batteries to drive the meter, so it is susceptible the same as any battery operated camera.Good to know! I am certainly a fan of charmingly weird/weirdly charming cameras. By any chance has your LCA120 seen much subzero weather? I'm wondering how it fares in cold temperatures...
Had one and sold it. I found it to be a poor "user experience" but it did take very sharp photos. The lens was quite good imo. It has an interesting shutter system. Unlike most that precalculate the exposure, it's system only closes the shutter once once "the bucket has filled with the proper amount of photons". It seems to be a good system for nighttime photography. You have several stops of exposure compensation though by changing the iso rating of your film on the fly. It does seem fairly flimsy and light. Zone focusing worked very well. I can't remember ever having any mechanical issues or malfunctions with it. It was difficult to put film into the machine until you learn to adjust the little film retainers on the bottom before trying to load. The shutter sounds like a spring lets go. It's a cross between a loud "sproing and a clunk". I never fell in love with the camera but it did provide good results.Hello!
I have much love for the Holga 120N. I have never held the Lomo LC-A 120, although I have been obsessively thinking about it for several months. Thus far I cannot begin to think about allowing myself to spend $600 CDN I don't have on this relatively lo-fi camera! Then again, life is short and surreal, and perhaps I should treat myself. I wonder if any of you lo-fi enthusiasts have any hands-on experience with the Lomo LC-A 120? I have read the spec sheet backwards and forwards, but nothing beats empirical experience. To be honest, I'd buy it today if it had a proper Bulb setting and automatic exposure override! How can I spend 600 smackers on a camera that won't allow for timed exposures?! Anyhow, thank you for tolerating and/or enjoying this post! I eagerly await your thoughts and theories!
My understanding is that Yashica Electros work the same way, which some see as a bonus in very long exposures (the camera adapts mid exposure if the light changes).Unlike most that precalculate the exposure, it's system only closes the shutter once once "the bucket has filled with the proper amount of photons".
Unlike most that precalculate the exposure, it's system only closes the shutter once once "the bucket has filled with the proper amount of photons".
I shot mine all winter long. It didn't seem to suffer being out for an hour in -10C.Good to know! I am certainly a fan of charmingly weird/weirdly charming cameras. By any chance has your LCA120 seen much subzero weather? I'm wondering how it fares in cold temperatures...
I'm looking in these days at any review about Lomo lca 120, what stops me from
buyng one is that i read more times about a problem that can have the shutter and consequently the loss of some frames...
I own both and like both, but I'm not sure I really consider the LC-A 120 lo-fi like the Holga, as its lens and feature set are a bit more advanced.
Although it doesn't technically have a bulb setting, it will automatically do long exposures where necessary. I would prefer manual exposure settings on the LC-A, but the only thing that wide and that portable in medium format would be a lot more expensive. It has its issues, but good balance of features/strengths for the money. I tend to use the LC-A 120 as my secondary camera when travelling.
Perhaps I missed saying this earlier, but lovely pics!
Do you use the infinity focus setting for the majority of your pics?
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