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What the hell is Tungsten film?

Today we launch the first Lomography Tungsten film, Lomography X Tungsten 64 ISO – If you’re not sure what the hell tungsten film is, read this!

Photo by oldskool_rider

We’re ever so proud to announce the introduction of Lomography’s first Tungsten film! Lomography X Tungsten is a 35mm, 64 ISO color slide film – its low ISO gives you photos with ultra-fine grain and it can be used with all 35mm cameras – Also, despite its 64 ISO setting, it can still give superb results at 100 ISO (with the LC-A+ for example) – Shooting X Tungsten at 100 ISO increases the density of the image and even enhances the colors! But enough about ISO – What the hell is Tungsten you ask? Read on for the answer!

Tungsten film and its original intended use

When we look at something, our eyes are cleverly able to ‘correct’ the colors in different lighting conditions – So whether you look at the same red cup indoors or out, it will most likely look a similar color. However, photographic films can’t adjust in the same way – That’s why different films exist for different light conditions. Most films on the market today are daylight balanced – That means they are designed to give you accurate colors outdoors or under electronic flash conditions (usual daylight is about 5500 kelvins – A kelvin is a measure of light temperature).

Photo by larslau

On the other hand, Tungsten film was originally introduced to give accurate colors for photographers who shoot indoors under studio light conditions – Tungsten lights (such as photofloods) have a much lower color temperature than daylight (about 3200 kelvins). If a daylight film is shot under tungsten light conditions, it often produces a yellow-orange hue – Tungsten film will give a neutral color balance under tungsten light conditions. Oh and by the way, Tungsten is another name for the chemical element wolfram, a metal which is often used in light bulb filaments.

Photo by grad

So Tungsten film should only be shot under Tungsten light conditions?

No way José! As Lomographers, we like to forget the ‘rules’ – You’ll get amazing photos with X Tungsten in all kinds of light conditions! Shoot it indoors or out, under tungsten lighting or daylight conditions (just remember to bear in mind its low ISO) – Throw the tungsten rulebook out the window and experiment in whatever conditions you like!

Cross Processing Tungsten Film

Being a slide film, Tungsten X film gives some awesome results when cross-processed – As with all cross processed shots, expect different results from different developments and labs – Just get ready for some electrifying, x-citing surprises!

Lomography X Tungsten

Lomography X Tungsten is a brand new 64 ISO, color slide film from Lomography – guaranteed to shock you out of your day-to-day routine with its electrifying personality, get x-cited about tungsten today!

written by tomas_bates


  1. susielomovitz



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  2. zipper


    hell yeah!

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  3. sidsel


    Can't wait to get some!

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  4. freyfrey


    Coming in 120 soon I hope!!

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  5. wonderdude


    Love the tungsten xpro!!

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  6. susielomovitz


    Oh yes please!!! 120mm soon, I'm with @freyfrey!!!

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  7. cwyeung


    Fuji T64 con't???

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  8. vgzalez


    Wanna give it a try!!

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  9. francesco1



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  10. lovebuck


    Cant Wait to try it!!!!

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  11. jaydeepee


    totally getting this film next!

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  12. matwurst


    so how does it look like when its crossed?

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  13. ecsantana


    B&W 35mm 400, T64 35mm... cool, but now we demand an IR 800 35/120mm film ! ! !
    let's do it ! ! !

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  14. roxanneross


    i want to try this!

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  15. hpirnat


    Nice :) Lets try this :)

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  16. c41


    is this a reissue of the kodak ektachrome 64t?
    if yes: super-awesome-o-tastic!
    luckily i do have some (expired) rolls left of this classic.
    but i'm happy to know where to get some new film.

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  17. arrogantbastage


    Looking forward to trying this film out soon. I also would like to see this in 120.

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  18. natalieerachel


    Just ordered myself some!! :D

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  19. goomba


    Amazing! Is there any chance we can experience this in 120 format as well?

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  20. joenja


    got me some rolls today, I'm curious!

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