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Konica Chrome Centuria (35mm, 200 iso) user-review

A Little Surprise! I picked up some of this film on a whim. I had never tried to cross process film before and didn't really have any clue which film to use, so I just picked up the cheapest thing that said "slide" on it.

A Little Surprise! I picked up some of this film on a whim. I had never tried to cross process film before and didn’t really have any clue which film to use, so I just picked up the cheapest thing that said “slide” on it.

The first roll I shot with it came out totally purple. Great. It was interesting, but I didn’t want a bunch of it. A little searching around the ‘net showed that underexposing this film and cross processing it causes the purple film. When you’re shooting with this film, overexpose! I shot my second couple of rolls as 100 and 50 ISO settings on my LC-A and they came out beautifully!

The contrast on this film is excellent! It’s punchy, but not over the top. The grain is sometimes a little too much, but I think this is due to underexposure. Other times, though, the grain is perfect and sets the mood of any Lomograph. Overall, there is no real color shift happening in the cross processing on this film. No big surprises there. But the saturation… oh lordy! The saturation is incredible! It puts a bite in every shot.

I also shot a roll in my Fisheye camera and the shots came out magnificently! The colors were insaaaane! The contrast was unparalleled! It was definitely the most fun I’ve had looking at the results of a roll of film in quite a while.

Although I’m not too sure whether or not I’ll be restocking this film, I definitely recommend experimenting with it! The grain and saturation will get you some very moody photos and the skies will come out like you’ve never seen them before. Shoot at least one roll of this stuff… you won’t regret it! And remember… over expose!!

written by butter

6 comments

  1. jelga

    jelga

    hola! nice review + gallery! It's so funny cause i've been playing around myself a bit with the centuria, xprocessing it etc, and i get radically different results to yours...all of my pics went GREEN, so much so that i actually named an album konika green. If you're curious you can have a look at http://beta.lomograp(…)onika-green
    I wouldn't have minded some purple like yours for a change! :)

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  2. lolfox

    lolfox

    Yeah jelga, I had the same experience with centuria.... everything was a sundrenched yellow which makes for a cool atmoshere in the shots...

    that said i think i used centuria 100 and these here are taken with 200 so perhaps that explains the difference

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  3. butter

    Cool shots, jelga!
    The green is cool! Who do use to develop?
    I just take mine to Target.

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  4. jelga

    jelga

    @ lolfox
    mmmmmm i used centuria 200 and still got the greenish-yellowish effect in two out of three rolls!
    @ butter
    i took the film for development to a lab called Guy here in Brussels, I have no idea of what chemicals they use for development. I had taken previously another roll to another lab (les annees lumiere) and got slightly different results now i come to think of it. Ill try to upload some of those pics, so that you can have a look (still no purple, though :). But then again, that very first roll i shot under the greek sun, but the green albums were shot in brussels where the light is completely different....The centuria mistery! :) I guess this is the fun with analogue photography, expired films and xpro!! you never really know, do you? :)

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  5. lakandula

    lakandula

    This film behaves differently with various cameras.
    Been using this film with Horizon Kompakt and the images turned out yellowish - which for me is so cool.
    When used with my LCA+ set at 200, the pictures are grainy. I should experiment with overexposing it as suggested in previous comments.

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  6. redfactor

    ooooh I want to try this film now :-)

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