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Svema Foto 64 (120, 64 iso) User-Review

The Mysterious Svema from Ukraine: I bought the expired Black & White 120 film from eBay last year because of its Retro Pop Art influenced packaging. I popped them in my trusty Holga, shot in a bright day and what a surprise after I developed the film!

The patches of white dots on the grainy pictures were probably due to the film been expired (1992). But They added textures and retro feel to the photos and it sure looked as if they were a blast from the past! Very unique and cool!

Svema (Ukrainian: Свема) is a registered trade mark and former name ("NPO “Svema”) of the Shostka Chemical Plant, located in Shostka, Sumy Oblast, Ukraine. It was founded in 1931 in then Ukrainian SSR.

“Svema” used to be the major photographic film manufacturer in the USSR, but their film lost market share in former Soviet countries to imported products during the late 1990s. They made black-and-white photographic film, photographic paper as well as B&W and colour cine film until 2000. Svema products were known among enthusiasts as an easy and sturdy product for beginners in home film development and printing.

Reference:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Svema

written by lawypop

18 comments

  1. mephisto19

    mephisto19

    i like the effect! great gallery

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  2. stijn_b

    stijn_b

    Cool effect indeed. I've never heard of the film, great review and great shots!

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  3. paramir

    paramir

    amazing gallery! the added texture is just perfect... it is nice to get lucky with an expired film... :)

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  4. dogma

    dogma

    Yeee this oldy film rocks! you can still find some of them in the seas of Internet :))

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  5. eggzakly

    eggzakly

    I have a few rolls of Svema in the fridge I haven't gotten around to testing yet - can't wait! :)

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  6. stouf

    stouf

    Never heard of it... Crazy grain !

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  7. wil6ka

    wil6ka

    tschernobyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyl - this film has been exposed to radioactivity! ;)

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  8. grad

    grad

    Pure Soviet Retro

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  9. amsyarhilman

    amsyarhilman

    Love the effect !

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  10. rodex

    Loved the grain. Awesome

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  11. mcrstar

    mcrstar

    svema and tasma forever! I have around 30 items lying in the refrigerator and don't know what to do with its :)

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  12. azurblue

    azurblue

    Very special effects ! Wow !

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  13. vicuna

    vicuna

    Superb shots! And the white dots give all the shots a fantastic texture and light, almost looks like double expositions with a starlight background! I guess this can be the next Film review of the week... :)))

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  14. lawypop

    lawypop

    Thanks guys for your fantastic comments! Expired film do have their charm :)
    @vicuna : thanks for encouraging words!

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  15. pith

    pith

    I wish I had few rolls of film, produced in USSR: Svema, Tasma, Orwo... hope to find it somewhere in my city :(

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  16. mikahsupageek

    mikahsupageek

    amazing result !

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  17. ipdegirl

    ipdegirl

    great pictures! i love the grainy, dotty effect. thanks for sharing your results. BTW--loving the Delaware shirt in the first shot. it's my home state!

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  18. lawypop

    lawypop

    @pith: i tried my luck online :P
    @mikahsupageek : thanks!
    @ipdegirl: thankyou! haha i bought the tee in Barcelona some years ago :P

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