A Pocket Guide to 35mm Film Featuring La Sardina


The La Sardina is your one-way ticket to an analogue universe. It carries with it the entire history of film photography. There’s a whole world of film, just waiting for you to grab it and load it in your La Sardina camera! Not sure where to start? Here’s a quick introduction on what to look for and what everything means… We’ll turn you into a film aficionado in no time.

What does ISO mean?

The ISO number is essentially an indicator of how sensitive the film is to light – it’s also often referred to as the film speed. You’ll find this number on the side of any type of film and common ISO numbers include 100, 200, 400 and 800. The lower the number means the lower the ‘speed’ of the film. A low speed film will be much less sensitive to light and produce a much finer picture. Higher speed films are great if there’s low-light but the results can tend to be slightly grainier.

So, choosing an ISO number and a film often depends on when or where you are going to be taking your pictures.

Which film should I use when?

SUNNY/SUMMER: When the weather is good and the sun is shining bright in the sky, it’s always best to go for a low speed film, like an ISO100. Also a good choice for crisp and beautiful night shots!

CLOUDY WEATHER/WINTER: As winter sets in and the days get shorter and darker, best make sure you’re totally stocked up on higher ISO films, ISO400 or even ISO800. Also a good choice if you decide to shoot indoors without a flash!

So, what sort of film can I get?

Colour Negative (CN)

Colour negative film is the most common film you’ll find on the market. It’s straight-up, straight-forward basic film that is processed by your lab in C-41 chemicals. This is the stuff you can take to your local drug-store or supermarket and have ready in an hour — it’s fast and fun and great for those gotta-get-it-quick moments. It’ll give you natural colours and contrast but all colour negative films will yield different results. Some films will give you 12 exposures, some 24 and others will give you 36. Play around and discover new films and new results!

Black and White

Fancy giving your shot that super vintage, classic look? Then why not go for black and white film! Shoot roll after roll of breath-taking, ultra-elegant shots. It’s great for portraits because it’s the perfect way to play around with the contrasts of dark and light. Or get experimental to achieve unpredictable, mysterious or even spooky results!

Lomography Redscale

The redscale technique came about when crazy photographers would load a film backwards and shoot through a semi-transparent layer on the back. The result was gorgeous splashes or fiery reds, oranges and yellows! Lomography have crafted a film that makes it as easy as just loading up your camera and…click!

Slide Film

Slide film is basically an alternative type of film to colour negative. If you want your shots to be bright and vivid and dripping with in-your-face colour, give slide film a whirl! Generally used by professionals who prefer its better tone reproduction, slide film is also popular with many Lomographers. The reason why? It can be cross processed for mind-bending, unpredictable effects and über-vivid colours. Not sure what cross processing is? You will soon!

What does ‘Cross Processing’ mean?

Cross Processing, also sometimes known as X-PRO, is when a film is developed in a solution that is actually meant for another type of film. Usually this means developing normal colour negative film in the solution that’s really meant for slide film. C-41 is the name of the solution that is used to develop colour negative film and E6 is the name of the solution used to develop slide! Develop the film in the wrong chemicals and the effect is often wild, crazy, popping colours and unpredictable results! Perfect for experimental Lomographers. Ask your photo lab if they’ll give your shots the crazy X-Pro treatment!

Find out more here

*What does it mean if the film is expired?

Just like milk, rolls of film come with an expiry date! This ‘process by’ date can usually be found printed on the side of the film package. But don’t let that put you off! Film can usually still be used many years after the expiry date passes. But here’s the fun part – when film does expire, things start to get a little crazy. Unpredictable results, strange colour-shifts, erratic saturation and much more! Some Lomographers even keep their expired films in the fridge – to help preserve them. It’s just like keeping a tasty treat for when you or your Sardina get extra hungry.

Find a whole range of different films, including expired film, over at our online shop

Find Out More About the La Sardina Here
Or Grab Your Own from the Online Shop

written by devoncaulfield on 2011-06-18 in #gear #tipster #pocket-guide-to-film-introduction-techniques-tipster-la-sardina-new-camera-35mm-lasardina


  1. vgzalez
    vgzalez ·

    "A low speed film will be much more sensitive to light"... Mmm... Sure? ;)

  2. pulex
    pulex ·

    @vgzalez..yep i also recognized this!

  3. vgzalez
    vgzalez ·

    I always do mistakes about that... Anyway, this pocket guide is great!

  4. orangeuke
    orangeuke ·


More Interesting Articles

  • Introducing the New La Sardina Dresses - City Summer and Midnight Flamingo

    written by shhquiet on 2014-05-22 in #news
    Introducing the New La Sardina Dresses - City Summer and Midnight Flamingo

    The La Sardina DIY Edition Camera gives you the liberty to design it however you want, but what about those times when you need a quick analogue style change? Switch up your La Sardina style anytime you want with La Sardina Dresses!

  • December 13th Advent Offer: Take Advantage of our Festive 3 For 2 Film Deals! (Online Code: 3FOR2HOLIDAYFILM)

    written by jacobs on 2014-12-13 in #news
    December 13th Advent Offer: Take Advantage of our Festive 3 For 2 Film Deals!  (Online Code: 3FOR2HOLIDAYFILM)

    Have you been waiting for a good time to load up on films for all your treasured analogue cameras? The time has come with our stunning Advent deal of the day! With our sweet film packs, we make it easy to cache away enough to last the fun and festive parties coming up. Start stashing now by heading over to our Online Shop!

  • Win Tickets to see Finding Vivian Maier documentary!

    written by hannah_brown on 2014-07-17 in #competitions
    Win Tickets to see Finding Vivian Maier documentary!

    If you are a true photography fan you would have heard of Vivian Maier, a mysterious nanny who took over 100,000 photographs that were hidden in storage lockers and discovered by chance decades later. "Finding Vivian Maier," the film which documents that discovery and pieces together Vivian's story, opens in UK cinemas this Friday. We are offering one lucky person a pair of tickets to see it at the Curzon Victoria in London on July 24th. Grab your chance to win tickets after the jump.

  • Shop News

    Immortalize your best shot on Aluminium!

    Immortalize your best shot on Aluminium!

    Carefully enlarged from your negatives onto premium photographic paper by lab professionals, each picture is a unique piece of craftsmanship.

  • Win a Year's Subscription to Hungry Eye Magazine

    written by hannah_brown on 2014-06-27 in #competitions
    Win a Year's Subscription to Hungry Eye Magazine

    Hungry Eye is a quarterly film and photography magazine that covers everything from black-and-white analogue stills and eye-popping music videos, to short films made on a shoestring budget and full-length movies shot with the latest technology. Hungry Eye is offering a year's subscription to the magazine plus the Hungry Eye Guide to Music book which hasn't been released yet. Oh, and we're throwing in a LomoKino too! Grab your chance to win here.

  • How to Load Film Into the Diana Baby 110

    written by chooolss on 2014-09-14 in #lifestyle
    How to Load Film Into the Diana Baby 110

    It may be tiny, but the Diana Baby is just as capable as its bigger sisters Diana F+ and Mini. Take time to watch this short clip to find out how you can load a 110 cartridge into your pocket-sized shooter!

  • Handmade Cameras by Cedric Chatterley

    written by cheeo on 2014-12-05 in #lifestyle
    Handmade Cameras by Cedric Chatterley

    Shooting with film can be considered a labor of love. From carefully loading the film and adjusting for lighting conditions to the darkroom process, it’s a laborious process but certainly a fulfilling experience. What more if you created your own cameras?

  • Shop News

    Standard Photo Development Services

    Standard Photo Development Services

    Done shooting and want your films to be processed? We can process your colour and black & white 35mm, 120 or 110 films! Development, prints and scans are also included. (Service availability depends on your markets)

  • La Sardina: As Versatile as Life Itself

    written by dopa on 2014-08-08 in #reviews
    La Sardina: As Versatile as Life Itself

    We first met a year ago - me and the La Sardina. So I guess it is time for me to show you what is so great about it!

  • So here’s what we’ve been working on: an all new lomography.com

    written by recurving on 2015-02-03 in #world #news
    So here’s what we’ve been working on: an all new lomography.com

    For the last year we've been working on the next version of Lomography. We based our work on the feedback you’ve given us over the years and we wanted to share it as early as possible with you and can’t wait to hear what you think. Just one warning first: it is still in development and things can break. All the photos, comments, likes, homes and everything else were transferred as of October 16th, 2014. So anything you do on next.lomography.com won't be reflected on www.lomography.com and vice versa. Once we are done with testing, everything you did here will be deleted again. So this is a big playground for you to explore.

  • Tinker on the fly: A color filter made from spoiled film

    written by dopa on 2014-05-25 in #gear #tipster
    Tinker on the fly: A color filter made from spoiled film

    Probably each one of you has been annoyed with failed film. This is particularly annoying when you get the developed film back from the lab, but you get blanks because the film was not exposed. It's either the film transport didn't work, or you have not taken the lens cap off, etc. Read on and I'll show you an alternative to just throwing away the film: Simply use it as a color filter for your camera, with the La Sardina for example.

  • Shop News

    Color Your World with Colorsplash Camera

    Color Your World with Colorsplash Camera

    At 30% off you can now color your analog images with 12 different color gels. Experiment with 35mm slide film and play with the built-in color flash for the most intense colors!

  • Lubitel 166+: Lubitel is for Lovers+

    written by adi_totp on 2014-09-05 in #reviews
    Lubitel 166+: Lubitel is for Lovers+

    Lubitel for lovers+. You're probably wondering, "Why is there a '+'?" It's to describe and expand a whole new definition of the Lubitel - in this case, this camera is not only for lovers literally, but also for anyone who loves to shoot portraits, street scenes, objects, and the skies. Do you love to take photos of your lover, your dear friend, your lovely family, your pet, or at the streets? This camera can be used in ALL situations. You can shoot everything that you love with it!

  • December 18th Advent Offer: Save 10% On Film Today! (Online Code: FILMFANTASY10)

    written by jacobs on 2014-12-18 in #news
    December 18th Advent Offer: Save 10% On Film Today! (Online Code: FILMFANTASY10)

    With the holidays just around the corner, it's a great time to make sure you have loads of wonderful films for all the fun festivities coming up. Today's Advent deal of the day is here to help you do just that! Head on over to the Online Shop and save 10% on our wide selection of films. Do the right thing and keep your camera happy this year!

  • Total Eclipse of the Sun Competition

    written by jacobs on 2015-03-20 in #gear #news #competitions
    Total Eclipse of the Sun Competition

    Did you catch the solar eclipse that happened recently? Word on the street is that it even resulted in a total eclipse in some areas of Europe, making it a pretty rare occasion for the folks that got to see it! We're guessing that some of you even had your cameras to catch the whole shebang on film — which is why we're throwing a competition for the best eclipse and sun inspired shots out there. Come on in and check out the details!