LOMO is situated in the city of
St. Petersburg well-known Russian scientific and cultural center, the most westernized in
Russia. The staff of LOMO consists of highly professional designers and workers with
wide experience 8,500 strong. The company downsized from 34,000 within the last
ten years as a result of changes in production structure. All of these changes
have given LOMO the advantage to be competitive with other high-end optical manufacturers
|LOMO MILESTONES (NON-DEFENSE PRODUCTS)
||1914 Company opens for business under the
name Russian Optical and Mechanical Company
|1914 1917 Company
develops first optical devices for the Russian Army: stereo tubes,
panoramic sights, sights for field guns, etc.
|1918 Company releases the first geodesic
|1930 Company produces the
first Russian photo camera.
|1933 Company introduces its first movie
|1934 Company produces its
first stilloscope and microscope.
||1936 Company develops its
first special astronomical device allowing the observation of movements of
celestial objects in eclipse.
|1937 Company produces
equipment for the St. Petersburg Planetarium.
|1939 Company introduces its
first student and biological microscopes. as well as its first manual
|1947 Company produces the
first astrograph for the world renowned Pulkov Observatory.
|1948 Company develops the
first photoheliograph employing a special optical Maksutov scheme, which
allows a decrease in the length of the device by half.
||1950 LOMO introduces its
first microscope for researching objects under UV light.
|1951 LOMO develops its
first interferometer for checking of rough surfaces.
|1953 LOMO introduces its
first microscope for precise measurements in nuclear photo-emulsions.
|1956 LOMO produces its
first wide-screen-format movie projector and introduces its first
fluorescent microscope for chemical structure analysis.
|1957 LOMO develops its first distance
microscope for hot laboratories (radioactive materials analysis).
LOMOs microscopes win a Grand Prize and a Gold Medal at the World's Fair in Brussels.
|1960 LOMO produces Europes largest
telescope, with a main mirror diameter of 2.6 meters (8.5 feet).
Company develops its first infrared microscope for research with wave-lengths
||1963 LOMO introduces its first biological
research inverted microscope for virusology and oncology.
|1966 LOMO introduces its first laser
device for scientific research.
|1968 LOMO develops its first contact
fluorescent microscope for examining live human tissue.
|1972 LOMO introduces new unified families
of biological and inverted microscopes.
|1976 LOMO manufactures the worlds
largest telescope, with a main mirror diameter of 6 meters (20 feet). Company
first laser device for surgery of oncology-related illnesses.
|1977 LOMO produces telescopes for
research of astronomical objects using methods of spectrography, spectrometry and
Company comes out with its first spectrophotometer controlled by a microcomputer. LOMO
introduces its first series of endoscopes.
|1982 LOMO introduces a surgical
ophthalmologic microscope with fiber-optical coaxial lighting.
|1983 LOMO releases its unique photo
camera, the "LOMO-compact."
Also, Company introduces the first laser device for thermonuclear synthesis.
LOMO develops the laser automatic interferometer optical mechanical products
allowing precise measurements of optical parameters with tolerances of 0.0000001
LOMO introduces its first submergible endoscope.
LOMO releases the infrared analyzer for determination of quality of grain.
Company introduces its first consumer night vision scope.
LOMO introduces the first consumer day/night vision scope.
Company develops its first hermetically sealed endoscope for medical research of
intestines and kidneys.
LOMO introduces the series of safe-for-the-eye lasers for medicine (ophthalmology and
neurosurgery), measurement, and ship navigation systems.
LOMO America, Inc. is incorporated as an independent company the exclusive
master-distributor for all LOMO products in the USA, Canada and Mexico.
LOMO develops its first automated spectrophotometer with registration system on
multi-element photo adapter.
LOMO introduces its new family of biological, fluorescent, and polarizing microscopes.
LOMO develops its family of consumer Maksutov telescopes from 30 mm to 203 mm