Tura Color HR200: The Expired Gem


Welcome to the dreamy world of expired Tura film! No longer produced but still a few gems waiting to be found for those who search hard enough. Learn more about this mystery film after the jump!

Just over a year ago I caught the Lomography bug and bought a Diana Mini immediately after seeing it on the website. This was the start of an expensive habit. I also bought a few Lomography X-Pro films expecting big things but soon realized I had got way ahead of myself when I received my film, which had no more than 6 decent images. I quickly caught hold of myself and realized this was going to be an expensive learning curve. I found a load of random expired film on a certain bidding site for a decent price and thought this might be a good place to start. The package included 12 films of various makes and ISO’s. This is where I met the Tura color film and now I’m searching for more!

Ok about this film, since receiving and shooting my expired rolls of Tura color I’ve been keen to find more but with some difficulty. Tura AG, the company responsible for these great little films went bankrupt in 2005 so they really are now a bit of a rarity. The pack I received actually was pretty much made up of Tura film, four color negative ISO 200 & 400 and three black and whites which I’m yet to shoot.

All the films are now, of course, expired but by various times with 2002, 2005, 2008 dates. Despite the variation in date they have been fantastic and I’m getting desperate to find more. There are some slight difference in each film but they all have many things in common. They capture great detail and saturate with luscious dreamy colors. Absolutely perfect for beach shots or when you need to create that dreamy other word effect. I’ve now shot them in a range of cameras and love the hazy hues set against the high definition. This film is extremely versatile , it has been shot in various lighting conditions without much insight into what ISO I should actually be shooting but also I home developed all of them with my not yet perfect technique!

I’ll continue my search for more Tura color and I’m looking forward to seeing what the Tura black and white will produce. Definitely a recommend purchase, grab some if you ever get the chance and experience another world!

written by crevans27 on 2012-04-05 #gear #review #color #beach #iso200 #mini-diana #tura


  1. cyan-shine
    cyan-shine ·

    Nice review and pics!!
    It's really funny, I submitted a review of this gem film more than a year ago, but it never got posted ;(
    I was worried there was no interest in deadstock films anymore! ;P

  2. alex34
    alex34 ·

    Some great shots there. Getting great images though is also a matter of the number of controls on your camera, and how to use them. With a fixed shutter speed and expired film it will always be a bit of a crapshoot, albeit a fun one.

  3. crevans27
    crevans27 ·

    @cyan-shine. Thats funny, it seems expired films are back in now as people are trying to save money but searching for new results!

    @alex34 You're right there's only so much you can do with some cameras without manual controls but their still capable of capturing interesting image and great for a starter like me.

    Thanks both for reading!

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