I was lent this camera by a fellow camera blogger. He wrote about an LC-A and if you read that post you will see he didn’t really like it. So I proposed a swap as I wanted to try that camera again. He also suggested a temporary trade when we send the swap cameras. He wanted to try my Werra and suggested this in return. So this isn’t mine and I have to send it back at some point.
Now I could write a long history of the camera with lots of technical details, but why spend the time doing that when Mike Eckman has done a much better job that I could ever do. Check that out here. If you have followed my blog a while you know that isn’t my style anyway 🙂
Plus here is a super video all about it too…
With those two sources of information you should have everything you could ever need.
The video was interesting as I didn’t equate the dome on the top to the circular shutter, durh. Plus I like how it explained the shutter as I had wondered why the sound of the camera didn’t change when I changed the speed. BUT, god damn it, it’s a half frame! Not my favourite.
The sender of the camera said the circular shutter might make windmills look interesting. So I loaded some film and set off to see some near my home. The new kind of windmill, not the sail type.
Using the camera was tricky for a number of reasons. It was hard to see the aperture the lens was set to, ok in bright light, but tricky in shade. Everything was a little stiff, not surprising given the age of the thing. When I tried to change the aperture, the lens unscrewed. I didn’t bother with the light meter information…
- The film speeds are not the same as when the camera was made.
- The numbers are very small.
- The movement of the dials was also very stiff and broke my nail.
So I mainly left the camera on f8, 1/100th and set to infinity. For the few shots that I did change this the results were not great. Changing the focus point was guesswork and seemed to blur everything, as you can see in the results.
After the windmills, I went to a local park to finish the film. It took some time to get there and the light was fading. Also, I have been sick with a cold for a week…so I was getting weaker too. I waited for the results of a covid test before I headed out and only did so when I knew I was not covid positive. It was still a knackering day out though.
Then, after a nap I developed the Fuji Across II film. Here are some of the results.
You can clearly see where I tried a focus point other than infinity, but on the whole the results are quite pleasing. I tried taking a few photos of the windmills at various speeds, but I don’t notice any difference.
What cannot be in doubt is the look of the camera. It looks unlike any other I have tried, a real eye catcher. I wish it had strap lugs to make it easier to carry.
Both sources I used say the camera can be found for a reasonable price on ebay. When I looked the prices ranged from £50 to £500, and none were in the UK. So this camera is quite rare in the UK at the moment. Maybe I should keep it 😉
Nah, I would prefer my Werra back, which I still haven’t used since it was serviced 🙂