Lomography X Tungsten 64: Beautiful is the Way


Walking across the 1st Street Bridge, I found, written in graffiti, the words “Beautiful is the Way.” This was the same day Lomography X Tungsten was released. I think it was meant to be. . .

The very first slide film I wanted to try was Fujichrome T64 because:

1) I just wondered how the resulting images produced by a 64 ISO film would look like, and that;

2) It’s not daylight balanced and I don’t use tungsten lights, so it was a guaranteed funky result, and;

3) The great Satomi said it was a good film.The only cameras I had at the time was a Diana F+, so I hoarded the film until a sunny day rolled around where I can use such a low ISO film and get a good exposure.

Not too long after, I got my hands on my beloved Kiev 60 and it was the first roll I ran through it.

After looking at Satomi's shots, I was expecting that sort of pink color shift, but was taken aback by how the greens stood out against the pink and how the blues and yellows looked so amazing. The only thing that really surprised me on that roll was how normal my rooster photo looked!

T64 was easily my favorite film. So when I heard the news that Lomography released their own Tungsten film (Lomography X Tungsten, THE LAST 60K ROLLS IN THE WORLD, mind you!), I HAD to get my hands on it. I’m 100% sure I was the first person in LA (maybe even the west coast) to purchase it!

And of course, it did NOT disappoint!! This time, I ran it through the LC-Wide and WOAH was I amazed. With my Kiev 60, I could manually set my exposure, but with something like the LC-Wide, I let loose and let my imagination takes over.

Shooting the 64 ISO film at 100 did not disappoint! Technically, shooting at 100 should have underexposed the film, but take a look for yourself how “underexposed” these shots look.

When I underexposed the Fuji T64 with my manual camera, I got a VERY STRONG pink color shift. Though I liked that, I tried to get as best exposure with the LC-Wide as possible. With some too much calculating that is probably incorrect, I figured I can shoot multiple exposures with the LC-Wide, one exposure set to 200, the second exposure at 100. This way, the film will be only 1/5th stop under exposed? In any case, the results speak for themselves.

Still got a very beautiful pink shade, with some strong blues, as expected from Tungsten balanced film, but the over results are simply beautiful. Lomography X Tungsten is one of the best films I’ve tried in a very long time!!

While walking, I read the words “Beautiful is the way.” The “Let Loose” spirit took over and me and a friend and I actually snuck into the LA River by going under the bridge we were walking over (LomoLocation soon?), It was a different perspective if Los Angeles, coupled with a beautiful film that has given me new direction.

I’m going to stock up on Lomography X Tungsten while I still can, and you folks should, too! And remember fellow Lomographers:

“Beautiful is the way. . . .”

written by noe_arteaga on 2011-10-03 #gear #pink #review #tungsten #slide-film #lomography #xpro #cross-process #tungsten-film #user-review #requested #lomography-x-tungsten


  1. simonh82
    simonh82 ·

    Nice article and nice photos. I guess if there are only 60000 roll left, lomography bought up all of Fuji's T64 stock when the discontinued it a couple if weeks ago.

  2. noe_arteaga
    noe_arteaga ·

    @simonh82 thanks for reading my article! Glad you liked the photos. As far as how Lomography got the film, it's a bit unclear. I know Fuji discontinued t64 in the summer of '09, but it was available again the next year with new packaging? Then it was discontinued again shortly after.
    Who knows where it came from, but at least we now know where to get it and know it's fresh!

  3. dearjme
    dearjme ·

    Wait so Lomography may run out of their tungsten stock?
    I love your shots! I'll keep in mind to underexpose my shots with this film a bit for those lovely pinks :)

  4. noe_arteaga
    noe_arteaga ·

    @dearjme thanks!

  5. warrilow-tong
    warrilow-tong ·

    very nice :) good shots, youv sold this film to me! haha..

  6. noe_arteaga
    noe_arteaga ·

    @warrilow-tong LOL!! I tried the X-Tungsten to just to try it, but it really is great film! We can do a roll of doubles with it! I've bough so many rolls already!! hehehe

  7. warrilow-tong
    warrilow-tong ·

    That sounds like a great idea ;D

  8. presidents
    presidents ·

    Gorgeous results! I somehow have been having trouble with the 2 X Tungsten rolls I've shot.

  9. yapfl
    yapfl ·

    great results from a great film! Did you push or pull it when developing? Or just develop normally?

  10. noe_arteaga
    noe_arteaga ·

    @presidents Thanks! Sorry about your rolls! What happened?
    @yapfl thanks for the feedback; xTungsten is really great film! No pushing or pulling, just cross-processed. =)

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