The LC-A Minitar-1 Lens – A Street Shooter’s Dream

Most camera buffs would not think of pairing the brands Leica and Lomography in any logical mating of photography loftiness, but typical is not what the Lomo LC-A Minitar-1 Art Lens is about. Borrowing glass from the iconic Lomo LC-A, the new performance lens mates legendary Lomography optics with either digital or film Leica M-mount rangefinders.  

The new LC-A Minitar-1 is a wide and fast affair of 32mm f/2.8, which makes it an almost ideal fit for street photographer gurus. The lens uses the same zone focusing system as the LC-A, which equates to fast focusing for capturing the impromptu wonders on the world’s streets. The new lens is also a departure from the LC-A, in that it offers rangefinder coupling and aperture control too.

For those unfamiliar, the LC-A, or Lomo Kompakt Automat, is a wonderful camera made by formerly state-run Russian company LOMO (Leningrad Optical Mechanical Association). As for Lomography,  the company was launched when the founders secured rights to distribute the LC-A outside of Russia. Even though the current product line is built in China, the specs and performance are identical.  Based on the Cosina CX-2, the LC-A is famous for its simple automatic exposure system and for its unique 32mm lens characteristics. Fans of the system declare the camera a the only choice for ruling Instagram these days.

According to the latest news, the LC-A Minitar-1 is the 3rd in Lomography’s Art Lens series, after the New Russar+ wide-angle lens for M-mount, and the New Petzval portrait lens for Nikon and Canon SLRs. The LC-A Minitar-1 is purely a niche superstar like the aforementioned cousins, but being priced light years below its Leica M contemporary, the camera is a natural choice for down to Earth humanoids too. You can pre-order the Minitar-1 LC-A for shipment in July for €349 euro.


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