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Your Film Match According to the Chinese Zodiac

Gong Xi Fa Cai! Another Lunar Year is upon us! Did you know that like its Western counterpart, the Chinese has its own set of zodiacs? Although, unlike in the West where the zodiac changes every month, the Chinese Zodiac changes every year! Find out your sign under the cut, along with your film match!

Photo by icuresick

Born in 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, and so on.

Those who are born on the year of the Rat are said to be imaginative, charming, and thoughtful. They’re also curious and adaptable. However, they have a tendency to be quick-tempered and overly critical.

FILM COUNTERPART: Lomography Redscale XR 50 – 200. The Redscale XR 50 – 200 has an extended exposure range that allows total flexibility, giving you complete creative control on how warm or cool you want your shot to be!

Born in 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, and so on.

A born leader with a strong will and faith, people born under the year of the Buffalo inspire confidence. They are patient and cautious, and do things steadily. They are not easily affected by others or their surroundings.

FILM COUNTERPART: Fujicolor Reala 100. Reala, like its name suggests, lends a nice and natural color to your photos. It does great in all kinds of lighting, even the sometimes harsh mid-day outdoor light – making it one of the top go-to color negatives.

Born in 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, and so on.

Tigers like challenges and speed, and they are active and good at expressing themselves. However, they have a tendency to get carried away and be stubborn about what they think is right; often seen as a “hothead” or rebel.

FILM COUNTERPART: Lomography Color X-Pro Sunset Strip 100. Lomography’s very own Sunset Strip delivers an over-all warm tone but with that extra pop, making your blues and green more intense!

Born in 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, and so on.

People born in the year of the Rabbit are always pleasant to be with. They’re affectionate, conservative, and obliging. They have a gentle, sensitive side that can sometimes make them emotional and delicate.

FILM COUNTERPART: Fuji Neopan 400. Seemingly unassuming, the Fuji Neopan 400 provides a great balance between speed, grain, and tonality. Although, if you’re a fan of processing film on your own, better take extra care because it’s more prone to scratches!

Born in 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, and so on.

Full of vitality and enthusiasm, the Dragon is a popular individual even with the reputation of being foolhardy and a “big mouth” at times. When they meet with difficulties, they are not discouraged. They usually have great ambition and an ingenuous personality.

FILM COUNTERPART: Lomography Peacock X-Pro 200 110. The vibrancy of slide film is brought to back to life in the pocket format! The Lomography Peacock X-Pro 200 boasts emerald hues, gorgeous greens and brilliant blues, when cross-processed.

Born in 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, and so on.

Those under the year of the Snake often have a good temper and a skill at communicating. They are deep thinkers and they are guided strongly by their intuition. While they are rich in wisdom and charm, they should avoid procrastination and your stingy attitude towards money.

FILM COUNTERPART: Kodak Portra 400 VC. Portra delivers smooth and consistent results with its fine grain, sharpness, and exceptional color saturation.

Born in 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, and so on.

People born in the year of the Horse are hard-working and perceptive. They are their own person and very independent. While intelligent and friendly, they have a strong streak of selfishness and sharp cunning.

FILM COUNTERPART: Lomography Color Negative 800. Another go-to film, the Lomography Color Negative 800 provides extra speed that suits even those low-lighting situations and quick-moving subjects, without sacrificing color and quality!

Born in 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, and so on.

Elegant and charming, but often shy and moody, those born under the year of the Ram have a special sensitivity to art and beauty, and a special fondness for quiet living. They are wise, gentle and compassionate and can cope with business cautiously and circumspectly.

FILM COUNTERPART: Ilford Delta 3200. The Ilford Delta 3200 is an ultra high-speed black and white film that boasts a great range of tones and contrast. It’s a film around the ISO 1000 range that could be comfortably pushed up to an exposure index of 3200, and thus, perfect for your low-light needs.

Born in 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, and so on.

Monkeys possess a magnetic personality. They are lively, flexible, quick-witted, and they are self-assured, with competent practical ability. They have strong desire for knowledge and when it comes to communicating and expressing themselves, they do not like to be controlled.

FILM COUNTERPART: Fuji Instax Wide 210. The Instax Wide is the life of the party, providing fun and vivid photographs in a snap! It’s also perfect for capturing those quick, fleeting moments that you don’t want to forget anytime soon!

Born in 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, and so on.

Those born in the year of the Rooster are bright, ambitious, and capable. They are deep thinkers who possess strong self-respect and seldom rely on others. They also love to dress up and be vain and flashy at times.

FILM COUNTERPART: LomoChrome Purple 400. The newest addition to the Lomography line up is inspired by the fabulous Kodak Aerochrome and boasts a psychedelic infrared look that gives your photo a radiant purple hue!

Born in 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, and so on.

One born in the year of Dog has a straightforward character.They are honest, courageous, and faithful to those they love. However, they are plagued by constant worry, a sharp tongue, and a tendency to be a fault finder. They can be terribly stubborn with the right things.

FILM COUNTERPART: Kodak Ektar 100. Ektar is that type of film that won’t let you down — it offers high saturation and vividness, as well as fine grain that’s ideal for scanning and enlargement.

Born in 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, and so on.

People born in the year of the Pig have a calm appearance and strong heart. They are sincere, tolerant, and honest but by expecting the same from others, they can be incredibly naive. They are quick tempered and impulsive, but hate arguments and quarreling.

FILM COUNTERPART: Fuji Velvia 100F. Velvia is a medium-speed film that has a rich color palette and boasts fine grain and great contrast. It captures skin tone quite nicely, making it ideal for portraits.

How about it folks? Do you agree on what the Chinese zodiac says about your personality? How about your film counterpart? If you think you’ve got a better match, then tell us below! Happy Lunar New Year!

written by geegraphy


  1. noe_arteaga


    nice to see your xpro shots in there, @vici and @hanshendley! Oh, and I wish they would have used one of my photos for my zodiac, but happy they went with the Great @satomi's lovely portraits instead!!

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  2. vici


    thanks @noe_arteaga, fun for me too. I am "year of the monkey"… the description is pretty spot on, except for the "magnetic personality".

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  3. noe_arteaga


    @ vici I'm a Ram, and mostly agree with mine, too, except for "a special fondness for quiet living." haha! It's funny because the times I have used Ilforrd Delta 3200, it's been at late-night parties and concerts!! Oh, and even one CRAZY trip around DUMBO and Vinegar Hill in Brookly (ugh, I've been meaning to scan that roll!)

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  4. noe_arteaga


    ^^^^ @vici sorry, didn't tag you correctly!!

    . . . also, Fuji Instax Wide? You agree?

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  5. asharnanae


    cool post :) I am and earth ram in chinese and virgo in western which is also an earth sign, So i've got the double whammy so to speak..... no wonder I love uber grainy black and whites! 3200, Perfect film choice. :D

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  6. vici


    @noe_arteaga - I totally get that you are "Elegant and charming, but often shy and moody." It is I that actually have "a special fondness for quiet living."
    Fuji Instax Wide? - although I am supposed to be "quick-witted", I don't understand the question?

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  7. noe_arteaga


    @vici hehehe! That was quite witty. I guess I meant to ask if you identify with that film type. do you use it often?

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  8. diomaxwelle


    Hmm! I'm a dog; I've never used Kodak Ektar 100 (maybe there's still some in the shop? XD), but I like the thought of having vivid colors and high saturation. Perhaps I'll roll the dice and try it out! :3 Cool article!

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  9. kschraer


    I'm a Dog, and I must say, Kodak Ektar suits me quite nicely and is overall one of my favorite films.

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  10. bsdunek


    Huh? Year of the Rabbit and Year of the Tiger have the same years. Is that right? Anyway, I was born in 1939 - guess I'm too old.

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  11. vici


    Dearest @noe_arteaga - I have actually never used Fuji Instax Wide 210. I've only just begun with Polaroid, and I think my Polaroid 440 will only take pack film…
    @diomaxwelle - EKTAR is wonderful stuff. Go for it!

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  12. geegraphy


    @noe_arteaga Hey there! I'm sorry I've missed your Delta 3200 shots, but it's not too late to share them with us! We'd love to see it! :)

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  13. geegraphy


    @diomaxwelle Glad to give you the idea of giving Ektar a chance! We'll be looking forward to your shots. :)

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  14. geegraphy


    @bsdunek Oh, thanks for pointing it out! I've corrected the errors and it should be alright now. And as for your Chinese zodiac, you were born in 1939 which is a year under the Rabbit! :)

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  15. istionojr


    really2 awesome article @geegraphy ;)

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  16. soundfoodaround


    Awesome! And, awesome (favorable) rendition of the Snake :)

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  18. le_ors


    Snake :D
    portra love <3

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