I’ve only shot one roll of Solid Gold 200 ASA color negative film but I quite like it already. It’s got strong hues (even in flash photos, with defined vignettes to boot) and comes cheap at about $1.50. I also like that I got 43 frames from a 36 exposure roll! Definitely a solid film to have in your stash, dudes.
Just like my roll of 14-years-expired Kodak Ektachrome slide film, I discovered Solid Gold 200 in Quiapo. I’d been seeing it around for years but wasn’t remotely interested in it until I started working at Lomography. I’ve always stuck with my Kodak favourites (which I’ll be writing about later) but recently got into experimenting with various 35mm brands, types, and techniques. So here’s a quick review of the P60 ($1.50) color negative film.
Loaded into my fixed-focus point and shoot, I like how Solid Gold rendered color when shot in available light. It’s contrast-y and, well, solid. While I only took two photos without flash, I thought it turned out pretty good.
I know, I know, too bad the rest of the roll was shot with flash but it doesn’t disappoint in that set up either! Since it was expired 200 ASA and expired, I decided to use flash for most of the photos since I’ve had lots of experiences wherein non-flash shots turned out to be mostly black and a few blurs of light.
The vignetting was also quite defined. Generally, my camera is good with this but because of the green-ish hues and darker shade, its more pronounced.
I highly recommend this for nights out or party scenes. If you can’t remember what happened last night (those damned tequila syringe shots!), your camera and this film definitely will. Photos come out cool and crisp.
Not recommended for subjects too far away though as it won’t work so well in the dark, even with flash. An arm’s length distance up to about a meter is ideal.
But don’t get too close either as it may be overexposed, such as these adorable kitties and delicious fries.
What I like most about it is the extra frames I got out of it. I’m not sure if all rolls are longer than regular, but I managed to squeeze out 43 frames instead of just 36 exposures as labeled on the box.
Overall, I’d shoot with Solid Gold 200 again! It might be my new go-to for parties because of its affordability and quality, but I’d love to try it out in the daytime as well. Will let you know in another Review when I get my hand on more of them.
See more photos from this roll in M in Manila.