Six Incredible Films for Low Light Conditions


Shooting under low-light conditions such as night, indoors or on overcast days requires more than a steady hand (or a tripod) if you're aiming for outstanding results. You also need proper gear, which of course includes film!

In this article, we’ve listed six fast films for low-light scenarios to help you with your next challenging shoot.

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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 analogue grain structure and natural color balance, Lomography Color Negative 800 is ready and raring to capture the night.

Credits: albeelee, kekskonstrukt, frenchyfyl, traaaart, marta1901 & roaring-images

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. Kodak Portra 800 has great edge detail and low contrast, making it great for printing or post-production.

Credits: marta1901, vikkki, lomaugustry, traaaart & jandra

Cinestill 800 (35 mm)

As it’s made from motion film stock, Cinestill 800 is widely popular among analogue shooters for evoking a strong cinematic effect especially in difficult lighting situations. The tungsten-balanced color negative film can add a dramatic flair to almost any night-time scene. What's more, it is easily pushed up to three stops, giving you an incredibly fast ISO of 3200 to play with.

Credits: meitads, vikkki, titaniummike, alcastan & grazie

Fujifilm Natura 1600 (35 mm)

This emulsion has been prized for its beautiful colors and fine grain. Made to complement Fujifilm’s Natura cameras, this film stock also works wonders with any 35 mm camera. It’s the fastest in Fujifilm’s range, but unfortunately this well-loved film stock was discontinued in 2017, so while some rolls might still be available on the market, it's most likely not found cheap.

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: guiguiste, -dakota-, satomi & oliviermenard

Kodak T-MAX P3200 (35 mm)

The last on our list, the Kodak TMAX P3200 is a reliable high-speed film for getting fine grain especially for night-time photography. As it has a native ISO of 800, this also makes the black-and-white film stock pretty flexible, though it shines particularly in low-lit scenarios such as concerts, indoors and street photography at night.

Credits: petite_guenon, af-capture, koduckgirl & ariannapaloma

Share your own favorite films and after dark adventures in the comment section below!

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Lomography Color Negative 800 ISO 35mm

400 ISO still not fast enough? The Lomography Color Negative 800 35mm film will bring you fantastic results at all lighting conditions.


  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 (… ) and Hillvale Sunny 16 (… ), 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 (… ) and Hillvale Sunny 16 (… ), 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.

  10. carblkm5
    carblkm5 ·

    I've tried the Cinestill 800 and Fujifilm's Natura 1600. I love them both and I can't wait to "snap" up (pun intended) and try the others!

  11. hervinsyah
    hervinsyah ·

    Meitads and her sister rianieve made me love cinestill but I'm still sucks using cinestill until now

  12. sanichiban
    sanichiban ·

    I'm finding Candido 800 a good alternative to Cinestill. Cheaper by nearly half price too

  13. hervinsyah
    hervinsyah ·

    @sanichiban it's totally different bro. Cinestill are from the film that was used for making a movie. The film that you mentioned cheap are from bulk and maybe expired high ISO film

  14. sanichiban
    sanichiban ·

    @hervinsyah As I say it's an alternative. My results were shot at box speed and don't notice anything expired about it either

  15. totsch
    totsch ·

    I'm a little bit surprised why no one mentions Ilford HP5+.
    Pushes very well 3 stops and more.

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