This post is the first in a series of tests of the newish negative film LomoChrome. I had not heard of this film until I saw a tweet from a local camera store, Camera Traders saying they had received a supply and were selling it by the roll (otherwise you have to buy it in packets of 5). Below are more examples, one more collage and then individual images in the gallery. Most of the images are specifically chosen to illustrate as many colour shifts in one place as possible. Future posts (see this link) will have more nature shots like the one above and some buildings and painted murals as well.
LomoChrome Purple XR 100-400 (to give its full name) was introduced last year – yes, someone is making new types of film! And like its name suggests, it leans heavily on the purple side of things – converting greens to purple and, with the exception of reds which remain fairly stable, converts other colours all over the place. It was designed to approximate the effects achieved with infrared films, without the need for filters or special processing. I last used infrared film in 1979 or 1980, and that was only a roll or two, so I have no way to assess how approximate this really is though other reviewers seem somewhat disappointed. I think the comparison is probably irrelevant as LomoChrome is its own thing to be learned and made to dance to its own tune. That is if one cares for the look. I think there could be some very specific applications for film like this, but you won’t find me shooting much of it.
I shot a roll of this film in the Yashica Electro 35GS and at the same time took a companion photograph with my Canon 5Dii. The Yashica has a 45mm/f1.7 lens and no filters. Film was scanned with an Epson V700 using Epson Scan in Professional Mode and adjusting the levels for each shot. The Canon has a 50mm/f1.4 lens with UV filter, and images were shot in RAW. I tried to remember to set the aperture on the Canon to match that on the Yashica which is aperture priority only. Both cameras were set to ISO400 (although this film can be shot at any setting between 100 and 400). Therefore, most of the EXIF data in the gallery for the Canon should be very similar to exposures in the Yashica.
Images from both cameras were edited in Lightroom 5, with very minor adjustments to sharpening and clarity, occasionally a small crop, and sometimes a tweak of highlights or shadows. For some of the scanned Lomochrome images I adjusted the white balance in Lightroom as well. This was necessary because the LomoChrome film base is very green and my scanner settings did not always rise above this fact. Where I have made such adjustments to white balance, then I present the original scans and the adjusted version.
To open the gallery below click/tap on the first image, swipe or use the navigation arrows to navigate and ‘x’ or ‘esc’ to return to this page.
Yashica Electro 35GS, 45mm/f1.7 lens, LomoChrome, ISO400, scanned with Epson V700, edited in Lightroom 5 and Canon 5Dii, 50mm/f1.4 lens, RAW, ISO400, edited in Lightroom 5