Add a Bit of Epic-ness with Lomography X Tungsten


Lately, I’ve been trying different types of film. To my own surprise, Lomography X Tungsten turns out to be one of my favorite films so far, after shooting just one roll of it. I had my doubts when I first saw sample photos of this film, but I’m glad I still tried them anyway!

When I first saw the sample pictures of Lomography X Tungsten film, I had my doubts. They looked a bit murky, I thought, and was not really what I was looking for. Pretty expensive too, when compared to redscale or ordinary slide films. But, during a visit to the new gallery store in Amsterdam, I got a bit carried away to buy films, and I thought I’ll try it anyway. A few days later, I went on a hiking trip and I loaded one of my cameras with Lomography X Tungsten film. To cut a long story short, the results were much, much better that I had expected.

The colors are really nice I think. It’s unlike any other x-pro film I know, allthough some pictures had a lovely purple-ish cast, reminding me a little bit of Fuji Sensia. Some of the pictures have a distinct contrasty cross-processed look, but without the greens and blues you often get. I took pictures in different situations. When shooting on a sunny day, it gave lovely, crisp colors and high contrast.

While shooting during an overcast, rainy day, it gave atmospheric pictures in different shades of purple-ish gray and brown.

It even produced an acceptable star trail.

All in all, I think this film really adds a special something to my pictures. I showed them to my hiking friends (all very digital-minded) and their reaction was, “Wow, those pictures make our hike look really epic!” I can’t wait to shoot more rolls of tungsten film, to get more epic pictures!

Explore a new Lomographic perspective with the Lomography X Tungsten 35mm Film! Enter a world of rich blue tones that will blast you out of your routine. Its low ISO of 64 makes it a great film to play with, perfect for experimental Lomographers like you! Get your own Lomography X Tungsten 35mm now, available with the rest of the Lomography Film line-up in our Online Shop.

written by stratski on 2011-12-19 #gear #review #purple #epic #xpro #tungsten-film #user-review #requested #lomography-x-tungsten


  1. jeffr
    jeffr ·

    nice review and nice photos. what camera(s) were you using?

  2. stratski
    stratski ·

    @jeffr: Thank you. These were all taken with a Praktica MTL3 SLR.

  3. sarah-addison-dobard
    sarah-addison-dobard ·

    Hey there. Which ISO did you find worked best? I shot a roll using ISO 64-200 on an overcast day but I'm thinking about having it pulled 1 stop during exposure. Thanks!

  4. stratski
    stratski ·

    @sarah-addison-dobard: I shot all these pictures at 64 ISO. I've tried the film in simpeler camera's at higher (fixed, 100-ish) ISO's, but personally I think 64 works best.
    Here's an album shot in a Diana Mini (which is sort of optimized for 400 ISO film) on an overcast winter day. Much pinker as you can see.…

    I hope this helps.

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

    Ah thanks for the help. I actually like the shots that came out more pinkish! So I'll keep that ISO in mind.

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