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Showcasing “exceptional handmade craftsmanship and premium Russian optics,” Lomography has introduced the Lomo LC-A Minitar-1 Art Lens as “the very heart of the LC-A legacy.” The lens will be sold in a Leica M-mount, and is available for pre-order now, with anticipated initial shipments going out in July, 2015.
The glass used to make the optics for the Minitar-1 Lens is multicoated to minimize internal reflections and maximize color and contrast. Its 32mm wide angle view captures a healthy chunk of the view in front of you and its reasonably bright f/2.8 maximum aperture allows all of that natural, ambient light to come in. Since the Minitar-1 is so closely tied to the legacy of the LC-A, it’s impossible not to mention the connection between them. And so, the story begins in 1982, when the idea for the LOMO LC-A was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. However, before the camera could begin production, the heart of the camera, the lens, needed a design fit for such a kingly project.
The Genesis of the Minitar-1
The experts from LOMO PLC in St. Petersburg, Russia, renowned for their excellent work in lens production, were put on the case and the Minitar-1 was born. But there was a catch — the lens couldn’t be mass produced in a cost effective manner and uncertainties arose. However, goodness prevailed when a well-known and respected emeritus, Lev Sakin, took the reins. His recalculations on the Minitar-1 made the LOMO LC-A a successful endeavor. The Minitar-1 Lens was finished and the camera went into mass production in 1984.
Capable of endless creative opportunities and compatible with a multitude of different cameras, from new and old to analogue and digital, the Minitar-1 Lens can bring the joy of LC-A photography to the 21st century. And at a price of $349, a reasonable investment in an art lens. Pre-orders for the Lomo LC-A Minitar-1 Art Lens are on a first come, first served basis. Delivery is currently planned for July 2015. You can Pre-order here: http://shop.lomography.com/us/minitar-1
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