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