Posted by: Sarah Keogh | September 10, 2008

Absent Excuses and LCA DIY maintenance

I know I haven’t posted in a while…I’m sorry! The reason being I’m in the middle of changing jobs (careers in fact) so I haven’t been taking a lot of photos. And I’m missing it!

I still haven’t developed a roll from my new LCA – but i have a good excuse for that too! I was a few shots into my my first roll when it jammed up completely, I couldn’t advance the film. Not only was I really annoyed at the situation, I was a little lost as to what to do about it. I googled potential remedies, but it wasn’t really making sense. The shutter wasn’t jamming, it was the film advance wheel. I also found out during this that I really suck at explaining camera’s in technical terms. What I did find out though was that a really great flickr group existed called LOMO Repairs. I searched through the Forum to see if anyone else had the same problem. And although they didn’t, I found some great pictures of what the inside of your LCA is meant to look like.

LC-A by 3fold

I was apprehensive about opening it up at first, but the people in the LOMO repair group had great explanations and pictures. And really. What did I have to lose? So I cracked it open using tiny little tools (supplied by my I.T Friend Trent) and found there was a little piece of metal blocking the way. I removed that metal and the advance wheel seems to be working fine. The test will be in the developing.

I’ll let you know later this week whether or not my camera is actually working. But in the meantime, if you have any problems with your LCA and your warranty has run out, check out the LOMO Repair Group!


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