More Lomo Shenanigans


I decided to try this film because (a) a 3-pack was relatively cheap; and (b) it was supposedly ISO 800–In reality, I wouldn’t shoot it at more than 400 unless you really want grain and shonky colours.ย  (I guess that’s probably why it’s “Lomo” and not “Portra”).


I have since discovered that if your exposure is bang on, the tonality is reasonable.ย  If, however, you have to push it in PP at all, the grain really (really) comes out.


The interesting thing about this film is two-fold: (a) It is really dense (making scanning difficult) and (b) it is extremely thick.ย  As a result, most cameras (ie. Hasselblad) have trouble with proper frame spacing, except for the Kiev and Pentacon models!ย  Apparently they come calibrated from the factory for old Russian Svema film (THICK) and are not “smart” like most “modern” MF cameras (ie. they do not automagically adjust for differences in film thickness).ย  As a result, they actually like Lomo, and not so much Portra.

(Oh the other problem is, this stuff curls like mad–It simply refuses to lay flat unless you have a proper film carrier).


9 thoughts on “More Lomo Shenanigans

  1. -N- says:

    Although you aren’t too happy with the film, these pictures worked out really nicely. The grain is a bit more than one would want for portraits, but I think it works well here.

    As far as getting film to lie flat, I’ll tell you what I did . . . I ironed some negs today on the “cotton” setting (about 140 per the meat thermometer) without steam, between two pieces of typing paper, and slow even ironing. Not perfect, but if you saw the roll of film, you would appreciate the flatness I got.

      • -N- says:

        It did help a lot, but it took a little time. Celluloid film – as in antique stuff – will simply turn into a conflagration! The polyester / plastic base of modern film allows for this.

  2. Joe shoots resurrected cameras says:

    I would agree, the color looks great in those shots (if not quite natural), but I also can see where you’re coming from. Personally, the whole “unpredictable results” and Lomography scene kind of leaves me cold occasionally. It might be fun to try out, but I can’t imagine using it for anything critical (says the guy who’s using badly-fogged and poorly-stored expired film for school projects). While I do like some of the things they’re trying to bring back through custom film orders like Lomochrome Purple, it seems to me that a lot of the “effects” films are gimmicks that try to find the upside to substandard quality with clever marketing, and then charge a premium on them.

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