Grain, vibrant colours and striking Reds, Blues and Greens: what’s not to love about Lomography’s New Color X-Pro Sunset Strip 100 35mm. I took this film for a walk around town to see what all the fuss was about.
I received some of the new Lomography Color X-Pro Sunset Strip 100 35mm last week and I’ve shot my first roll of it on the streets here in town. I have two more rolls to burn through but I can tell you that this is not an ordinary film.
I have to admit I was worried that this was just another Redscale film or some variation of such, Instead it is a “Pre colored” film, basically it is treated to bring out the reds, blues and greens in the image. Officially this is a Slide film, but from the examples I’ve seen it seems to work best (have the most striking effect) when cross processed (C41). There has been confusion as to whether this is a true slide film but that isn’t the issue.
I ran my first roll through C41, and I have to say the effect was very striking, the Blues and reds really pop out of the image and the film has this magic hour effect that is really intense as you can see from the examples. The oddity I and others have noticed is the amount of grain present in the image. This is odd as the film is billed as a 100 iso film (and a slide film at that). I have to admit that there is a crazy amount of grain in this film, if you are aware of the grain and like it then there is no problem. I’ve heard its actually a 200 iso film and it’s being billed as a 100 iso film, so that might account for the grain- plus cross processing always brings out the grain and contrast. The examples I’ve seen of this film going through E6, there seems to be much less of a grain issue.
I highly recommend this film, Its allot of fun to explore and experiment with and it takes some striking images.