Five Films for Low Light Conditions

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As many of you would already know, shooting under low light conditions requires more than a steady hand (or a tripod) if you're aiming for outstanding results. You also need the proper gear, and that, of course, includes film. In this post, we are sharing five fast films to help you with your next challenging shoot.

Lomography Color Negative 800 (35 mm, 120)

A great all-rounder for round-the-clock photo shoots, this speedy Lomography film is a great choice for concerts, parties, and low-lit indoor scenes. With its rich contrast, fine analog grain structure and natural color balance Lomography Color Negative 800 is ready and raring to snap up the night.

Credits: lawypop, akio_nakai, walterlam, frenchyfyl, why-yu, catfordst, fayeusokoi, larahacefotos, albeelee, neja & atomova

Kodak Portra 800 (35 mm, 120)

This smooth-grained film is known for its sharpness and natural skin tones, making it an ideal pick for portraiture. This daylight balance film has great edge detail and low contrast, making it great for printing or post-production.

Credits: marta1901, jandra, vikkki, zeitfenster, simonesavo, lomaugustry & traaaart

Cinestill 800 (35 mm)

A film designed to produce stunning results even in difficult lighting situations, evoking a cinematic effect. With its tungsten color balance, this emulsion can add a dramatic flair to almost any nighttime scene. Whatsmore it is easily pushed up to 3 stops, giving you an incredibly fast ISO of 3200 to play with.

Credits: grazie, vikkki, titaniummike, alcastan & antiox

Fujifilm Natura 1600 (35 mm)

The fastest stock color film on the market this emulsion has been prized for its beautiful colors and fine grain. However, today Natura 1600 is made and sold exclusively in Japan, making it a tricky film to find.

Credits: gateau, edithnine, mot11, ndroo, orangebird & gakurou

Ilford Delta 3200 Professional (35 mm, 120)

When nothing else is fast enough Ilford Delta 3200 is your best bet. This black and white film has a large grain structure, producing pleasing sharp snaps with an unmistakably analogue look. Perfect for street photography and any situation that is action-packed!

Credits: -dakota-, guiguiste, icequeenubia, satomi & oliviermenard

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9 Comments

  1. lomaugustry
    lomaugustry ·

    Hey my photo made it in.

  2. srcardoso
    srcardoso ·

    Well, even if they aren't high iso films, I would recommend kodak tri-x 400 (135) and ilford delta 400 (120) pushed at 800 iso (or even at 1600 iso).

  3. pan_dre
  4. zhenyaetoya
    zhenyaetoya ·

    Nice review, thanks!

  5. theblues
    theblues ·

    cine still <3

  6. flamingoid
    flamingoid ·

    Not on the list that I love are Fuji Superia 800 ( https://www.lomography.com/homes/flamingoid/photos/22134280… ) and Hillvale Sunny 16 ( https://www.lomography.com/homes/flamingoid/photos/22134268… ), the latter being a 400 ISO film but it produces nice night shots with fast glass.

  7. flamingoid
    flamingoid ·

    Not on the list that I love are Fuji Superia 800 ( https://www.lomography.com/homes/flamingoid/photos/22134280… ) and Hillvale Sunny 16 ( https://www.lomography.com/homes/flamingoid/photos/22134268… ), the latter being a 400 ISO film but it produces nice night shots with fast glass.

  8. edwardconde
    edwardconde ·

    Should probably add TMAX 3200 to the list!

  9. ronian8
    ronian8 ·

    When TMax P3200 was originally released, I pushed it to ISO 12800 in my canon A1! I have not tried the re-released version but will do so soon.

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