Lomography X-Pro Chrome 100: Don't Expose it Right!


The Lomography X-Pro Chrome is my favorite film. Not only do I get a pretty cheap film for stunning Xpros, not only do I get the nicest blues and beautiful contrasts. No, I do also get the opportunity to process it at my local photolab to support the analogue love in my town instead of sending it away to cross my film. But besides that, that superb film has a lot more for you to discover yet!

Credits: maxwellmaxen

Anyone who browses through my LomoHome will realize, the Lomography X-Pro Chrome is my favorite film.

After returning from the United States where I shot a lot of film and a lot of them X-Pro Chrome, I realized, that my LC-A+ often overexposes the film, almost burning it, only leaving some white-greenish pictures instead of the intended blueish pictures, just like this one:

Credits: maxwellmaxen

It does not keep me from shooting. The memories still get preserved but I like other good shots better, and I guess you will understand, when I say, I prefer the following picture:

Credits: maxwellmaxen

Now after some time back home, we wanted to get out again and booked a short trip to Berlin just before our start at University, some fun after a lot of fun in the States. I, of course, was accompanied, besides my lovely girlfriend @katse, by my beloved LC-A+. Still having the bitterness of a lot of overexposed frames in mind I felt like trying something new. Because we visited Berlin before it would not be too tragic if my rolls failed, because we already had some memories on film. Either way, I wanted to try to push my film and so set my LC-A+ to 200. So I would mainly underexpose my roll.

To make a long story short: My lab cannot push process; thus, I let them develop my shot-on-iso200-roll as a standard ISO 100 roll and got amazed of the results!

Credits: maxwellmaxen

You can see, how the pictures still have such a lot of contrast, color and I love the way they look! Thus they are not that aggressively xpro-ed, you get some green into it and some nice old school feel. However, sometimes, you still have those color explosions, which make that adventure unpredictable and even more fascinating.

Now, back in Switzerland, still on the same roll, I had some frames left and suddenly:

Credits: maxwellmaxen

The entire thing seems to explode. First, the pictures ressemble the Lomography X-Pro 200 with the green tint but then, some 10 frames are so heavy overexposed, I just can not explain or understand that.

Yet still, I love the way of setting ISO to 200 works on that emulsion and shows how dynamic that film actually is and this roll proves, why Lomography X-Pro Chrome 100 is one of my all-time favorite film to shoot with.

The Lomography X-Pro Chrome 100 35mm is a showstopper of a slide. When cross processed, this film intensifies hues and makes everything more vibrant and vivid. See our selection of Lomography films here.

written by maxwellmaxen on 2011-11-17 in #reviews #lc-a #underexpose #great-colors #chrome-100 #lomography #set-200 #experiment #xpro #user-review


  1. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    I noticed that this film works also very well with a light yellow filter, popping out the blues and greens :)

  2. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·

    nice review! I will try it :D

  3. maxwellmaxen
    maxwellmaxen ·

    @vicuna i need to try the yellow filter asap! thanks for the tip!
    @adi_totp thank you! i was so pleased with the results, i highly reccommend trying it!

    att all! do you have any idea why the last few shots overexposed so hevaily? it wasn't even a very nice day...

  4. lighthouseblues
    lighthouseblues ·

    Very interesting! Just had the same experience, heavily blownout highlights! I will definitely try this! It is a lovely film! But if you are in to doubles, do you set the ISO to 400? I even read somewhere that if reloaded, you should set the ISO to 100 on the first layer and to 200 on the second. Do you have any experience of that?

  5. maxwellmaxen
    maxwellmaxen ·

    @lighthouseblues uhm, this is a thing. if you actually shoot doubles with a metered camera like the lc-a you should set it on 200 (if you want to expose it right). because the do really just let in light to the absolute limit. this means all your shots would get overexposed if you shot on 100 and then 200. because you already max out the emulsion with 100 and then shoot about half the light onto it again.
    i recommend to shoot both layers on 200, so you'll get a 100 exposure, or if you want to have the end-result of 200 (like in this tipster) you should do two times 400. (do i sound too weird? just tell me)
    i had great results with lc-a -s on 100 film, when we both set it on 200. i aso had great results with unmetered doubles and unmetered-metered :)

  6. b0m
    b0m ·

    Very nice article, i've also had the experience with blown out pics. Gonna try iso 200.

  7. gauthierdumonde
    gauthierdumonde ·

    Very nice article ! Today i came to the same conclusion. I always shootxpro on a 1989 Lc-a. It gives me good results, but i am afraid the oldie does not meter very well. Because last week I shot a roll on my Horizon 202 with a lightmeter in my hand. And al of my shots were overexposed. Today I shot a roll with my old Lc-a and my new LC-Wide. Guess what, the Lc-a's are exposed right and the LC-wide is overexposed. So I guessed that you should not expose the film correct. Thanks for the tip !

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