Lomography B&W100 (120, 100 iso)


One of my favourite black and white film with subtle grain and great contrast, but which also comes with some quirks you should know about.

Holga 120 FN, mostly sunny day

I confess, the main reason for me to give the Lomography B&W100 a chance was the price – it’s rather cheap! But when I got the roll back from the lab I was impressed. The film features a subtle grain and a fantastic contrast range, from pitch dark black to bright white, with all shades of grey in between.

It works really well with a Holga on bright or sunny days. But this isn’t just a sunshine film, at least not when shooting with a camera like the Lubitel – you’ll get great results on overcast days or in bad light conditions, too. By now, it’s one of my favourite films!

Lubitel 166+, overcast day

However, this film comes with a few odd quirks that might surprise you at first. Most strikingly, when you peel the film out of it’s red protective wrap, the film’s paper-backing is entirely black, with the numbers, dots and arrows printed in white. It looks quite stylish, but it’s a bit more difficult to read than the usual white paper with black numbers combination, however it worked out okay for me in 4 out of 5 rolls – I don’t know what it was with this 5th roll, but I happily wound the film ‘til frame 5, since that was the first number I could see clearly… Luckily the Lubitel 166+ comes with a rewind knob! So I’d suggest you bring a lamp, just in case it’s too dark to see the numbers.

The second surprise is the seal at the end of the roll. Somehow it always rips off. I seal my rolls with tape instead, but a scrunchie works well as an emergency-seal, too (and you’ll find a spare one in your bag more likely than a spare roll of tape…).

The third surprise awaits you when you want to scan the film – it curls quite a lot and won’t lie flat. I don’t know why that happens, and if my lab is somehwere involved in this… However, scanning isn’t an issue when you use a proper scanning mask, it’ll keep the film flat on your scanner.

Lubitel 166+, heavily overcast day with rain

I’d definitely recommend this film, give it a try, I don’t think you’ll regret it!

written by scorpie on 2011-01-25 in #reviews #100-iso #120 #lubitel #holga #film #b-w #review #film-photography #lomography #user-review #requested


  1. life_on_mars
    life_on_mars ·

    I like to use it with my Pinhole

  2. mikahsupageek
    mikahsupageek ·

    it is a fantastic film indeed !

  3. mtillett
    mtillett ·

    That is do odd, I always have the problem with the seal ripping off at the end of the roll as well. Is it a Holga thing? Or are other cameras experiencing this?

  4. bass_clarinet_2000
    bass_clarinet_2000 ·

    I use it for my pinhole Holga and in my Diana when I do pinhole. I like this film for the vintage look.

  5. scorpie
    scorpie ·

    @mtillett: it happens with the lubitel, too, but only with this film. very weird.

  6. nicolas_noir
    nicolas_noir ·

    Cheap Chinese film! It is rebranded Shanghai 100. I'm using some in my Holga at the moment, does anyone know if it pushes easily? I'm thinking of getting it developed at 400 iso just in case.

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