The moment I accumulated enough money to order a Ringflash I saw that Lomography had come out with two new types of film for the 35mm cameras: Lady and Earl Grey. I absolutely adore B&W photography and I was on a mission to find a good and affordable roll of film that can handle 400ISO. Lady Grey succeeds in every way.
I’m always a bit hesitant when it comes to black and white film. It happened to me too often that the nuances you can find in color just turn out to be a grey blob on certain films. Lighting seems crucial and more then once I’ve seen pictures I made turn out to be a disappointment in black and white. Though in Lomography, disappointment isn’t the right word; they’re more like unexpected happiness.
Lomography Lady Grey B&W 400 35mm definitely understands the difference between black, white, and grey. What I mean by that is that it captures the nuances of colors very well and translates them into greyscale instead of dark and light. I especially noticed this when I was walking through Amsterdam, a beautiful city that always works great for city views.
Lady Grey also handles dark situations very well. During my holiday in the Czech Republic I visited a bone church and I knew there would be little to no good lighting in the church. I feared my Diana flash would not be enough to expose the film properly (I should have tossed the Ringflash into my bag!). But the results were very good for low lighting and a medium flash!
Double exposures are another thing Lady Grey knows how to handle. Black and white film tends to lose definition and contrast in double exposures, but Lady Grey has little issues with it. The images do flow into each other a bit more subtle then with color but in my opinion that gives everything a nice dreamy effect.
Portrait and close-ups are also a good option for Lady Grey. Making sure your camera is set properly (in my case it was a Diana Mini) is probably half the work. Lady Grey will grab the right amount of light for you to make a bright and fine picture.
Lady Grey delivers on her promise. She is stylish and classical with a great grasp of grey. Together with the right camera and Lomographer she will grey up your day!