Lomography CN 100: A Quality, Reasonably-Priced Everyday Film


In New Zealand, we are blessed with a special sort of light. More often than not, you need to choose a slower film, even on cloudier days, to cope with the glare and make sure you get good even photos. Lomography CN100 is a good, sensibly-costed solution for good, even contrast and color.

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Lomography Color Negative 100 (35mm), in most Lomography applications, provides a great result. I’ve used it twice in the past few months when I don’t want to cross process, and when I want good, even color.

In my experience of 100 speed films, Kodak films often lean towards the red end of the spectrum, and Fuji, towards the green. Lomography CN 100 sits nicely in between. This makes it ideal for those of us who self-scan, as the temptation to color-correct is removed.

My first roll was used outside on a slightly overcast day at our local technology museum, MOTAT. The majority of my work previous to this was x-pro and I wanted to do something more natural. Lomography CN100 gives you that in spades. Skin tones are wonderful, different whites and gradients are well represented.

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Look at the wonderfully lifelike reflections in the glass here, the photo looks gloriously 3 dimensional a combination of the excellent Russian Lens of the Lomo LCA+ RL and Lomography CN 100.

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My confidence in the film’s ability to be neutral means that it has become my go-to film for testing new cameras, and oddities in colour cast can be attributed to either the lighting or the lens of the new camera. Hence, I used it last week to test my 1973 Olympus Trip 35.

Here, the light was dreadfully dim, well overcast. The camera and film coped very well and produced some great results.

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Again, great color. Even with traditional light bulb color, the film produced a wonderful result on this indoor test shot.

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If I have one criticism of Lomography CN100, it appears to have more evident grain than normal in a 100 speed film. However, this is only evident in big enlargements and on screen when scanned and viewed in higher resolution. I have my doubts whether this is the film, or scanner noise, but it isn’t so evident when scanning other 100 speed films.

I am interested in others opinions on the grain, drop something in the comments if you agree/disagree or have other experiences.

In conclusion, Lomography CN100 is a good reliable choice. Cheaper than special effects films, providing excellent, realistic color. It’s a good, solid everyday film that I will always keep in my backpack when out and about.

Use Lomography Colour Negative 100 35mm film and you’ll be guaranteed images dripping with vivid colours, smooth grain, and fine resolution. Paired with a flash or under bright sunlight, this film will deliver breathtaking results. See our selection of Lomography films here.

written by adam_g2000 on 2012-01-10 #gear #film #negative #review #light #everyday #sunshine #100 #grain #colour #natural #lomography #fuji #kodak #user-review #requested #cost-effective


  1. neanderthalis
    neanderthalis ·

    Excellent review! I have maybe 20 rolls in my refrigerator waiting to be shot.

  2. imnotgic
    imnotgic ·

    nice shots! I was actually surprised with the shots I got when I loaded this on my LC-A+... even for night shots! I love it!

  3. pyromonkey333
    pyromonkey333 ·

    nice article! i agree about the grain tho, ive only shot maybe 2 rolls of lomo CN100 and noticed a lot of grain, which is the reason why i dont shoot it.

  4. izadrazi
    izadrazi ·

    This works brilliantly indoors too. I believe this is the standard film that comes with every new lomo camera, right? I might be wrong, but if it is, then yes...this film works like a charm.

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