Lucky SHD 100: Cheap, Forgiving, and My Favourite Film Ever

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Lucky SHD 100 is a very cheap 35mm black and white film from China. It gives amazing results when used and developed correctly, which is why it is the only film I ever use now. It turns your eyes black and white.

I got into photography when I was 14 (2009). A year later, I picked up my first film camera. It was a Halina Paulette and it was, and still is, the worst camera I have ever used. I then decided to buy loads of different cameras to find the one that suited me. Back then, I shot only in colour and I was really impressed by my results, so basically gave up digital photography and my DSLR was left where it still is now.

I then decided to try out a roll of Ilford black and white. When I got my results back from Ilford, I was really disapointed with the results as they looked boring and bland. It was then that I discovered it was actually the colours in my previous images that made it a good image rather than the subject of the image itself. Ever since then, I have shot black and white simply because it makes you a better photographer and think more about: composition, light, tones and subject rather than just colour.

I also decided I would develop all my own film, to save costs and give me more control. Initially, I shot with Fuji Neopan 400, a very good film just a little pricey.

I hit ebay looking for a bargain. Lucky SHD 100 £17.99 for 10 rolls from south korea, “whats the worst that can happen” I thought, I hit buy it now. About 10 days later my parcel arrived, I ripped it open, put the 10 rolls of film on myself.

I was not expecting much from this film due to its price. But enough of my rambling and more photos taken with this marvellous film.

Here are some shot on my Minolta X-700 developed in cafenol:

The results have very nice tones and are ones that I’m very pleased with as I feel the images are interesting and good photographs, also the film manages to keep sharpness and detail, things that are sometimes lost when other films are developed in cafenol.

The main developer I use is rodinal. It’s simply unbeatable, and this film certainly gives the best results developed in it. Here are some results shot in a lomography Fisheye No. 2 when develop in rodinal 1+100 for 20 minutes.

As you can see the results have lovely tones, details and sharpness. I have also created my own way of shooting the film. I shoot it at iso 200 and then develop it in rodinal 1+50 for 14 minutes. Here are some results.

Again great details, sharpness and tones, and also Ive found that shooting and developing it this way gives more contrast than usual.

The best way that I have found for the use this amazing film is to shoot it normally at iso 100 and then semi stand develop it in rodinal 1+150 for 60 minutes, 30 second initail agtation and then 2 agitations at 30 seconds. Here are some results.

Again it’s fantastically sharp and crisp, has great details and amazing tones.

This is now literally the only film I shoot. Occasionally, I will shoot something else if i find it cheap, but for me this is the best, also I think when you use one film all the time as I do you begin to know how to use it to its fullest. And now when I’m out with my camera I actually see things in black and white, and using black and white rather than colour has improved me massively as photographer. I highly recommend you do the same. There’s a wide selection of black and white film also available in the lomography shop, but for me this is the only 35mm black and white film I need.

Lucky SHD 100 is my favourite film, whats yours?

written by brandkow93 on 2012-04-17 #gear #lucky-shd-100 #film-review #favourite-film #black-and-white #review #photography


  1. wuxiong
    wuxiong ·

    Yes, it's my favorite film too..<:) cheap but excellent......<:)

  2. carlota_nonnumquam
    carlota_nonnumquam ·

    This is a great review! I just bought 3 rolls a week ago and I'm waiting to get them in the mail so it was great to read this review! :)

  3. brandkow93
    brandkow93 ·

    Thank you! :). i bet you will be ordering some more haha. If you develop your own film id recomend you to develop it in rodinal 1+150 for 1 hour with 30 seconds of initail agitation and the 2 slow agitations at 30 minutes. I look foward to seeig your results.

  4. jbradley12
    jbradley12 ·

    Thanks for the great review. I've seen the Lucky 100 film on ebay, but was unsure about purchasing it. Now, I'm going to get some and I think I'm even going to try developing my own b&w film. I loved your pictures too. :-)

  5. brandkow93
    brandkow93 ·

    Thanks :) yeah i was a bit sceptical at first. cool, id recommend rodinal as you can use it in very hgh dilutions and can develop literally any film, Thanks alot :)

  6. brandkow93
    brandkow93 ·

    Thanks :) yeah i was a bit sceptical at first. cool, id reccomend rodinal as you can use it in very hgh dilutions and can develop literally any film, Thanks alot :)

  7. shelleybelley
    shelleybelley ·

    Hi there, i just wanna ask what the processing for the lucky shd? Theres no indication in the packaging if it can be processed in C-41..

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