Lucky Charm Enchanting Your Eyes

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Lucky Charm 200 ISO enchanting your eyes with a natural gradation colors of the scenery! This color film, made by the Chinese brand Lucky Co., from Baoding City, in Hebei Province, is one of their best quality films. It is quite rare in some part of China, like Yunnan, but in other areas is very popular.

I didn’t know about the existence of Lucky Co. film brand till one day I saw it in the film list on the Lomography website and so I discovered that is pretty well know by Lomographers. In this period I’m in China, in Kunming, capital of Yunnan Province, and in all labs, the main brands are Kodak and Fuji, but if you are lucky, in some small, old and vintage lab, you can have nice surprise. The day I find a roll of Lucky Charm 200 I didn’t realize it, because I just looked the design of the box, without reading the Chinese characters. I immediately thought that I had to try this mysterious film. When I saw that the film was also expired I was more happy but I didn’t know that I had found a little treasure.

Lucky Charm 200 ISO speed gives your Lomos sharp, bright and warm colors. This film has a suitable medium-grey contrast so as to reproduce the original gradation of the scenery. I used Lucky charm with my Lomo LC-A+, but also with Horizon Kompakt and with both cameras I was amazed by its enchanting colors. When you are in good condition of lights, the colors came out natural, very close to what your eyes can see.


With different cameras it seems to maintain its charming colours. Maybe this is the reason they had decided to call it Lucky Charm ? :) Can be a good friend of LC-A+ for normal shots, double exposure and shot with the Splitzer. I tried it with Lomo LC-A+ also with macro lens from Tunnel Vision lens and in this case is better to considered the surrounding light and to get a good illumination. The same consideration if you want to try it with LC-A+ and the Diana Close Up lens. If you use a close up or a macro lens the colors came out very strong, vivid and saturated.

With Horizon Kompakt, during a good day light, you can have true colors results. This film roll can came out nice also if the condition of light are not very good. If it is cloudy, the colors came out more soft but still nice.

China Lucky Film Corporation, that incorporated in 1958 was pretty famous in its territory. In Kunming is quite rare. One day I spent 9 hours walking all round of the city, and ask for it in every lab. It’s funny that, they have only the empty box to make decorative pyramids. My long march made me find only one lab in all the city that still have this film! But “luckily”, Lucky Charm can be available online on Ebay, Alibaba, and Taobao – the Chinese Ebay – but if you want to to buy it on this site, you need an Alypay account. Alypay is the Chinese Paypal.

I hope you enjoy my review and good luck if you try Lucky Charm :)

written by domyblue on 2010-09-06 in #reviews #chinese-film-roll #expired #200-iso #35mm #lucky-charm #lc-a #horizon-kompakt #user-review

35 Comments

  1. myloveletter
    myloveletter ·

    I love it! You already know I have loved your "lucky" lomography for a while, now, but great job on this review! Wonderful gallery, as always...

  2. mikahsupageek
    mikahsupageek ·

    Great review, i remember my eyes beeing caught by that lucky charm film while looking at that amzaing "Stairway to heaven" photo ! The one of the "Eye in the sky" is amazing aswell ! I definatly have to try and find some of this film ! As usual, great work domy dear =)

  3. wuxiong
    wuxiong ·

    Nice review and brilliant photos. Haha, it's one of my most often exposed films too, it can be easy obtained if you live in major China cities... cheers

  4. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·

    it's my all time fav film :D

  5. domyblue
    domyblue ·

    Thank a lot my friends, I'm happy you liked my review :)

  6. superlighter
    superlighter ·

    yeah! this review was written with the ink of love! lucky Lucky!

  7. warning
    warning ·

    Great review Domy!.

  8. escudero
    escudero ·

    muy bueno el articulo. tengo que probar Lucky charm

  9. emilios
    emilios ·

    Well done Domy!!! Love the review and ur pics.

  10. makeyuu
    makeyuu ·

    love lucky!

  11. sarahboat
    sarahboat ·

    Nice review! I love the versatility of this film.

  12. panelomo
    panelomo ·

    ... and this film is very cheap.

    nice results and it wont hurt your pocket too!

    nice review @domyblue

  13. novakmisi
    novakmisi ·

    I don t have a luck, to find Lucky film ! :)))
    but your photos are very good !

  14. renaishashin
    renaishashin ·

    Great film, great review!!!! Gonna try out this film~ The colors are soft~ :DD

  15. herbert-4
    herbert-4 ·

    Excellent article, very complete, with wonderful gallery. Mostly I use CVS brand film. It seem to be made in China, but the colours it produces are on the bright, hard side. I'll try to find some of this.

  16. quaisoir
    quaisoir ·

    this film is cheap and really has great results. strangely enuf i haven't been lucky to use it yet!haha...should def go down to the shop and get me one! :) nice review domy! lucky you! ;)

  17. disdis
    disdis ·

    I like your results.... well done! It's pity this film is not easy to find here!

  18. jaalvarez
    jaalvarez ·

    Like disdis, when I travel, I hope to meet films like this one ... but ... I search them, and I don´t find those films !!
    Great article ... and beautiful photos!!

  19. beni
    beni ·

    Great work! an awesome review. i need a some of lucky.

  20. shoujoai
    shoujoai ·

    Great pictures and awesome writing! Hope to read more form you soon!

  21. juanix
    juanix ·

    a lot of lucky can be found here in the philippines, best cheap negative film ever! I love your review domy as well as your photos:-)

  22. paramir
    paramir ·

    charming review and beautiful galleries! well done Domy :)

  23. ripsta
    ripsta ·

    love the mx.nice galleries and review

  24. lonur
    lonur ·

    i love the doubles with the sky; great review, domy, i'll keep my eyes open for this one..

  25. pulex
    pulex ·

    great review, great gallery! i guess i need to get some of that film!

  26. cinzinc
    cinzinc ·

    this film is really great! highly recommended =)

  27. lola_juanlu
    lola_juanlu ·

    We like very much your article. Good tecnical details and advices.

  28. niki-tzi
    niki-tzi ·

    i like it, and also love your pictures!!!

  29. tallgrrlrocks
    tallgrrlrocks ·

    What a beautiful review :) I have a stash of Lucky Film as well, but in B&W. Now i want to get hold of the CN. Great gallery as well! I like the effect of the little specks on each photo

  30. salvacasablancas
    salvacasablancas ·

    Great review and great photos!!!!! I love it!

  31. jeabzz
    jeabzz ·

    great job domy ;D

  32. adamo-75
    adamo-75 ·

    Great article and nice pics:)

  33. catarella
    catarella ·

    Love the review! =) Have to try this Lucky film!

  34. brettac
    brettac ·

    the double with your eye and the clouds is amazing, i also really like the close up on the fly on the purple flowers

  35. brettac
    brettac ·

    Great article :))

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