“Lomography 100 is Kodak Gold basically” I’ve read in more than one occasions on the internet. Not in a positive way. Kodak gold was a consumer oriented, cheap film. I do remember it during my childhood. I am sure I’ve shot it back in the 90s. While you can find Kodak gold I wanted to try something different, something new. Queue Lomography 100.
The Lomography 100 is a fairly inexpensive film. I paid less that 12£ for 3 films. That turns out to be less that 4£ per roll. Not a bad deal! When I put it in my camera it was September 2017 and it was sunny. This film loves the sun! But as I live in the UK the sun didn’t last too long. This inevitably led the film to be parked in my camera until recently when the spring came back! So I packed my camera and went out for a walk with a friend. What better way to enjoy sunny London?
Before shooting and developing this film I didn’t know what to expect. I’ve read in the Lomo website that this film is sharp, therefore I didn’t expect too much grain. I wasn’t wrong. The film is fairly sharp and while the grain is there it’s enough to give character to your pictures. This leads to amazing images, looking very vintage.
I did try to shoot a variety of things, in different situations. When the sun is out the film is amazing. It gives you great colors, sometimes a bit saturated but lovely. One thing to notice is that the images are slightly darker that reality. You might want to overexpose slightly, or not. I personally wouldn’t as I like the end result. It gives the image a moody tone that I like a lot.
In addition, when it comes to portraits the film doesn’t disappoint. It doesn’t shine either. It’s fairly accurate on skin tones but I feel that it doesn’t do justice to your subject. The moodiness and grittiness that works for landscapes takes away from your subject. I felt that at times it was distracting. That doesn’t mean that you won’t get some amazing portraits. If vintage, old looking, portraits is what you after then that film can deliver.
One thing that you shouldn’t do is try to shoot this film indoors. I did try it and as I should have expected my images turn out really dark and unusable. This is a film that needs the outdoors and a lot of natural light. At ISO 100 this is a very slow film to be used in your house, a restaurant or anywhere without a lot of light. Take my advice. Don’t shoot indoors or after dusk. Maybe if you have a tripod with you, you can get great results.
How did it make me feel?
In conclusion, it made me feel alright. I got a very vintage feeling out of the photos. I felt like these are photos of my subjects from the 90s. Like we are about to go and listen the latest album of Nirvana or watch the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air or something. And for less that 4£/roll? Hell yeah! I’ll shoot this again next time the sun comes out. I liked it.
Go buy a roll, or three, and experiment. This is an excellent film for that. I recommend it for anyone that’s looking for an inexpensive roll of film to try out a new camera, new settings, new developing methods, anything. And on top of that you’ll get great pictures.