Walking On A Winter Day With An Old Lubitel 2 Loaded With A Lomography Lady Gray 400

In this article, I'll show you some winter photos taken with the Lomography Lady Gray 400 film loaded into an old model of Lubitel 2 with uncoated lens. I love the plasticity and gray tones of this set!

In the winter season, I often use films with a sensitivity of 400 ISO. They are great both on sunny and cloudy days. They can also be pushed to 800 or 1600 ISO in low light conditions. This time, I made an experiment using an old model of Lubitel 2 (one of the first models with maximum shutter speed of 1/200 and uncoated lens.) I loaded the camera with a Lady Gray 400 exposed at its nominal ISO speed and developed in R09 Spezial (another name for Studional, or for the famous Rodinal Special, a fine grain developer.)

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I took these photos walking on the pedestrian road between a lake and Villa Olmo in my city of Como. As you can see in the first image, the contrast is moderate as expected in a medium sensitivity film. The color of the water is very rich. It made the lake look deeper and darker.

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The grain is moderate and acceptable even for large prints (more than 40×40 cm)

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The dynamics are good. The film has a great pose latitude that forgives exposure errors (all these photos were taken without a light meter and some of these are overexposed to 1 or 1.5 stops.)

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The gray tones of the sky are pleasant. The complex balance of light and shadow in the same photo blends well.

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The uncoated lens of my Lubitel 2 has contributed to lower the contrast of the scene.

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You can see the great plasticity of the 120 format in this photo which is commonly found on 35mm cameras.

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I developed this film using the dilution 1+15 for 5 minutes; continuous agitation in the first minute and few gentle inversions every 30 seconds.

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You should try this film. All I can say is that it’s affordable but it doesn’t sacrifice quality.

written by sirio174 on 2013-12-11 in #reviews #como #120 #lake #lubitel-2 #square-format #requested-post #film-review #lady-gray-400 #italy

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