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Lomography CN 800: Let the Night Come

Hey all you Lomo-ites out there. I have found the best, most readily available film for low light. Presenting LOMO 800 Color Negative film. Do not fear the night any longer.

Photo by 110isnotdead

We have all been there. You take your camera to an event only to find that your 400 speed film (that says on the label that it is great for low light) is whoa-fully too slow. What is a person to do? You could get a flash but what if your subject is far away? You’re stuck…

Or are you? Hooray for LOMO 800CN. Now your low light or indoor shots can go from this:

To this:

I never had thought about just how much of a difference 400 and 800 were. I always thought it was just the next step up but I soon realized that on my Minolta X-370 at wide open f1.7, 400 speed film would give me 15-30 shutter speed while the 800 gave me 125 in the same light.

I could even get fairly decent action shots with only the existing light. I am not one to use a big bulky flash so I always just go with what I got and the LOMO 800CN has been a life-saver for me. I take it every time I know that I am going to be inside, like a sporting event.

I was even surprised to see that the film came out just as sharp as any of my other films that I use regularly.

For the Lomographer who doesn’t shy away from the dark, this is the film for you. But it also works just as well in daytime situations too. It is an all around great film.

Happy Snappin’

written by 110isnotdead

13 comments

  1. 110isnotdead

    110isnotdead

    @adi_totp and @hxloon Thanks for liking my article :))

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  2. 110isnotdead

    110isnotdead

    I should have some more pics with Lomo 800 coming up soon. they are from my recent trip to a Cavs preseason game here is Canton :)

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  3. 110isnotdead

    110isnotdead

    Thanks @marcel2cv, @sixsixty, @raylemon, @herbert-4, @foodeanz, @vicker313, @adi_totp, and @hxloon for vaulting my article to popularity. lol :))

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  4. meryfromspain

    meryfromspain

    Very interesting.. and nice pictures, I should try this one. Thanks for sharing the experience! Waiting for more Lomo 800 pictures :)

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  5. 110isnotdead

    110isnotdead

    @jelencitta I have found that it really works well if you have a warm color at the major color. If you look at my album about the Akron soccer game, the ones of the field really came out great but the ones where the black sky is in view, it came out muted.
    Plus, you can;t aruge with the price of the film either, its cheaper than my local drugstore brand (Rite Aid). lol

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  6. lokified

    lokified

    I tried out some Lomo 800 recently in my OM-1 & Diana Mini. The Diana Mini was too slow for it, unfortunately, and I was left with many photos fried by the harsh Australian sun.

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  7. 110isnotdead

    110isnotdead

    @lokified Yeah, I think it's one of those films that works best with an electric eye camera or at least one with exposure settings. THanks so much for the like :))

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  8. 110isnotdead

    110isnotdead

    Special thanks to @belaf for translating this article into Portuguese. Way more talent than I. :)

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  9. belaf

    belaf

    hahaha you're welcome!

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  10. dollymixture

    dollymixture

    I'm hoping this film will be great for Scottish winter time, ha ha. It's only Autumn and already it's so dull and overcast most days.
    If I were to use it in daylight/sunlight what would be the best camera to use? I noticed the comment about the Diana Mini being no good, I'm wondering what would be best in case we ever do get some sun here again, ha ha.
    Great Review.
    Dolly.

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  11. 110isnotdead

    110isnotdead

    @dollymixture Thanks Dolly. If you are gonna use it in daylight, I would probably try to use a camera that gives you some choice with shutter speed and aperture like an SLR or a rangefinder. I've only ever used 800 with my Minolta X-370 but I think the film would work well with rangefinder or viewfinder camera as long as you can fiddle with the settings some or you might be left with really over-exposed pics.
    Hope that helped, I can't wait to see your results :)
    Tim

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  12. dollymixture

    dollymixture

    @100isnotdead Thanks : ) I'll probably be using it in darker conditions at first anyhow, but it's good to know it can do both!
    Dolly

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  13. 110isnotdead

    110isnotdead

    @dollymixture no problem. I was surprised how versatile the film actually was. I honestly thought that it was only gonna be ood in low light or inside but it handled the full sun really well, granted that might have been my camera somewhat too.

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