Here are several words about the X-Pro Peacock 110 film produced by the Lomography Society, and some info about its features and why to choose this film over the others.
In the year 2009 the world died. Production of 110 film stopped. Argh. There was total chaos and times of darkness reigned throughout next couple of years. But finally – there was LIGHT. In 2011 the Lomographic Society miraculously revived the 16mm beauty – 110 film was suddenly alive! AGAIN! (Well, no – not in a zombie style, nothing like that ;) ).
This was an incredible opportunity for fans of Lomography and lo-fi photography, as well as for freaks of tiny cute kawaii plastic cameras ;) because Lomography presented new devices also for the ‘110’ platform, like Fisheye Baby and – moreover – Diana Baby!
Of course there is a number of cameras using the format, likethe Pentax Auto 110, Holga Micro, and Rollei A110/E110. However if one wants to achieve this special Lomographic vintage/dreamy look of his photos, I’d say that Diana Baby would be the right choice.
Now, there are several accessible types of new Lomography 110 films, however – while we’re talking about oldschool feeling on the pictures and dreamy look of photos, then the best thing here would be… a Peacock. ;) No, no, You don’t have to go to the ZOO to steal one, at night. ;) But instead – if You’re a 110 machine’s owner – You just have to get as fast as possible – the Lomography Peacock Color Slide X-Pro 110 Pocket film.
When I discovered the Lomography movement, first I was browsing the Portal, to see what people do with the presently produced films and cameras, as I was completely shocked that there were still companies producing analogue hardware. Diana was my first choice, so I focused my attention on photos made with the platform. The photos were really great, highly colourful, like being taken in some fairy tale world rather, than in sad grey reality. But a part of the photos made stronger impression on me; they were grainy in a very stylish way, lookin’ very much like… paintings! So, it appeared – as You can guess – those photos have been taken with Diana Baby and the Peacock X-Pro.
Well, the film doesn’t have its name without a reason. First – Your photos will be very very very very colourful. ;) And by “very very very very colourful” I mean “really indeed verily forsooth _colourful_”. ;) Sometimes you might be even surprised because the final photos you’ve made – might be even more interesting than the original objects.
Another thing is the graininess. It is another distinctive feature of the Peacock X-Pro, also most interesting. If you’re interested in classic look of your photos, in a vintage feeling of photography – you will be pleased indeed. Shots taken with the film – like I mentioned before – many persons compared to paintings (so it’s not only my impression, as you can notice). The effects are beautiful and surprising at the same time.
I’m describing mainly work made with the film and Diana Baby, as well as Fisheye Baby – the effects might be slightly different on other cameras, but the general principle is the same.
You can make 24 shots with the film, which is fairly enough, in my humble opinion. Of course there is nothing against getting 2 rolls (or more) and change them easily while photographing bigger number of interesting objects.
So – to conclude – if you’re interested in lo-fi photography or You like kind of “fable elements” in your photos, the Lomography Peacock Color Slide X-Pro 110 Pocket film is definitely something for you.
I know it’s for me, surely. ;)