Lomography X Tungsten 64 35mm: Deep Purple with the Olympus Trip 35


Are you an Olympus Trip 35 user? Thinking of running a roll of Lomography X Tungsten 64 through your camera? Then read this review and learn what happens if you set the film speed to ISO 200.

When the Lomography X Tungsten 64 was first introduced, I wasn’t too sure what to make out of it. But as I viewed the photos taken by fellow Lomographers, I began to appreciate the way the film was able to delicately enhance the colors when cross processed.

Then I thought to myself – what would happen if I ran a roll through my Olympus Trip 35 at an ISO 200 setting?

Well, the results weren’t what I expected. But I did learn a few things of what not to do the next time round, which I would like to share with fellow Olympus Trip 35 users and Lomographers.

Lesson 1. The Olympus Trip 35 has two shutter speeds: 1/200 and 1/40. So, even if you don’t see the red flag popping up in a brightly lit indoor environment, do use a flash. Indoor shots without flash will not bring the best out of the film or turn out at all.

Lesson 2. The film does well to accentuate purple and red colors. But here’s the caveat. Shoot in bright daylight.

Lesson 3. Shadows and cloudy skies are not the film’s best friends when rated at ISO 200.

Even though most of my photos came out a deep Ribena purple (underexposed), I did have some photos that turned out well. As the product description says, “shot with the right settings and under the right conditions, you’ll get wonderful shots bathed in blue tones.”

As my experiment shows, it’s one thing to just look at the great photos taken by fellow Lomographers at ISO 200, but it’s entirely a different matter when you try it out yourself.

So what do I think about the Lomography X Tungsten 64? I don’t think I’ll set it at ISO 200 soon but I’ll definitely try it at ISO 64.

written by uncle_jay on 2011-11-27 #gear #review #tungsten #street-photography #purple #singapore #xpro #cross-process #olympustrip-35


  1. wuxiong
    wuxiong ·

    Very informative article, jay, and thanks for sharing your X-tungsten experience....<:) It's sunny today and I took quite some shots with my Sardina, and the tungsten roll is almost finished, only a few frames left. I am wondering what they will look like. Maybe next time I'll try with my trip35, of cource now I know what iso to set...hahaa...<:)

  2. gvelasco
    gvelasco ·

    I like the camera and the film.

  3. itsdebraanne
    itsdebraanne ·

    the one of the cake, which was taken with flash and which wasn't?

  4. uncle_jay
    uncle_jay ·

    @itsdebraanne: First photo was taken without flash, which came out dark purple (underexposed). But something told me to take another photo with flash and it came out better exposed.

  5. sarah-addison-dobard
    sarah-addison-dobard ·

    I shot a roll of this film on an overcast day at ISO 100-200. I think I will have it pulled 1 stop during processing because I'm sure it's underexposed.

  6. uncle_jay
    uncle_jay ·

    @sarah-addison-dobard: do let me know how it turned out.

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