Lomo Launches New LC-A Minitar-1 Art Lens

Lomo introduced the retro-style but new Lomo LC-A Minitar-1 Art Lens this morning. This unique lens features the original optics from the Lomo LC-A and is compatible with many analogue and digital cameras.

The Lomo LC-A Minitar-1 Art Lens is produced in small batches and pre-orders will be delivered on a first come, first served basis starting in July 2015.

The Lomo LC-A Minitar-1 Art Lens features a compact pancake design, a universal filter thread and premium Russian optics. The glass is multi-coated to minimize internal reflections and maximize color and contrast.

Its 32mm wide-angle view captures a large amount of everything in front of you and it’s bright f/2.8 maximum aperture allows all of the natural, ambient light to come in. Zone Focusing is done with the flick of a switch and as a rangefinder coupled lens, the Minitar-1 utilizes the Leica M’s rangefinder focus.

Here's a sample image captured with the Lomo LC-A Minitar-1 Art Lens:

The Minitar-1’s vignetting is due to the unique character of its vintage Russian optic schemes. The retro-focusing wide-angle optic design of the Minitar-1’s back focal length is reduced to achieve the compact layout of the lens. The rectilinear correction leads to various different distances from the lens to the center of the film and its edges, which then produces the vignette on your images.

The Minitar-1 yields saturated colors with aid of the complex coating of the lens—specifically developed for the Minitar-1. The Lomo LC-A Minitar-1 Art Lens is equipped with a Leica M-Mount range-finder coupling and is compatible with all Leica M-Mount range-finder and mirrorless digital cameras. You can pair the Lomo LC-A Minitar-1 Art Lens with many other mirrorless digital cameras using adapters (purchased separately).

You can use a Close Focus Adapter to extend the close focusing distance of your lens. The Helicoid threads on a Close Focus Adapter act as an extra focusing ring, which then allows you to further extend the distance between the lens and the sensor to achieve a closer focusing distance than what the default specifications of the lens allow.

Here's another sample image shot with the Lomo LC-A Minitar-1 Art Lens:

The pre-order package includes:

Lomo LC-A Minitar-1 Art Lens featuring premium Russian optics

front and rear lens caps

lens pouch

photo book


cleaning cloth

The Lomo LC-A Minitar-1 Art Lens will sell for $349.

More info on the Lomo LC-A Minitar-1 Art Lens here.