Lomo LC-A MINITAR Art Lens 32mm – Quick User Review
When Lomography released this lens, I was really interested. So I decided to buy this lens during this Xmas break as a gift for myself.
Size:The most important reason for me to buy this lens is the compact size, and second reason is that the lens released as a M-mount lens. When this pancake lens mounted on my M240, it looks more like a body cap than a lens on my camera. But This would make the set-up more rear-heavy. Smaller size of camera setup is always good for street photography, you will not be noticed by other people when you walk around.
Aperture:The lens has a largest aperture of f2.8, it can go all the way down to f22. When you shoot at f2.8, it’s soft. Well, it would not produce very sharp photos even you shoot at f8 or f11. It’s a lomo lens, what would you expect. :D. Compare to f2.8, f8 or f11 would give you some decent qualities of the photos. Most of time, I shoot at f8 or f11. For street photography, you don’t need to shoot at largest aperture.
Focusing: This lens is a rangefinder coupled lens, therefore you could do precisely focusing when you need. But this lens has featured great zone-focusing indicators, in total there are four distance indicators on the lens, they are: 0.8m, 1.5m, 3m, and infinite. The closest focusing distance is 0.8 meters.
The way I shoot this lens: f11, ISO 400, focus set at infinite, shutter speed set according to sunny 16 rule.
The lens is designed to free you up with the limit at focusing, so you just need to concentrate to take photos with your creativity. Most of time, when I shoot at f11, set focus distance at infinite, from 3 meters to infinite would be in focus. Then the only two things you need to do is look for a good moment then press the shutter.
Here are a few photos, I really like this lens.