Vicuna's Choice: Old or New LomoChrome Purple?


Long-time Lomographer Stéphane Heinz, also known as Vicuna, doesn't need an introduction. But if you're new to the Community, you can read this special feature
vicuna about him. He's a teacher based in Zurich, Switzerland, but he has been to so many beautiful locations, as you can see in his LomoHome. Here, he shares his thoughts and experiences in shooting the old and new formulations of the LomoChrome Purple film.

Photos taken with the new LomoChrome Purple

Could you share your experience using the LomoChrome Purple 2019 Film? How was it compared to shooting other regular Color Negative films?

I was lucky to be one of the testers of the new Lomochrome Purple 2019 and I wanted to compare this new emulsion with the older one I still have in my fridge. It appears that the one I still have is part of the very first version of the Lomochrome Purple. So it was very interesting to compare these 2 versions of the same film. Compared to normal CN films it’s, of course, another kind of shooting, as you must really think about the colors and how they can come out in purple mood. I was also a big fan of the Lomochrome Turquoise, but I really like the Purple as well.

Photos on the left were taken with the old LomoChrome Purple; photos on the right with the new LomoChrome Purple.

Did you experiment with the extended ISO range of this film?

At the beginning when the film came out, I tested the various ISO range but soon found out that exposing it at 100 ISO and in bright light or beautiful weather gives the results I like the most, the color shifts are more impressive and the violet/purple/pink tones are more pronounced on the pictures. At a higher ISO and with a dimmer light, it’s less spectacular and thus I like it not so much…

Photos taken with the new LomoChrome Purple

You shot a roll of the 2013 formula in the same conditions. How do you like the comparison of both formulas?

It’s really interesting to see how 2 emulsions of the same film can produce different results. I shot both in the same light conditions, the same camera, same location and in the interval of 2 hours, but the results of both films are quite different. The older version of the film has more contrast, and the purple effect comes out much darker with a lot of blue tonalities all across the picture. And it’s not the first time that I notice that the old original Lomochrome Purple has a “blue accent” that can get dark violet on green elements of the picture. The new Purple is much softer, the contrast is not so harsh and there’s no more blueish influence all around. You get a homogenic tonality of violet/purple/pink but in a much lighter way without any saturation. It’s nice to have such a global harmony in the purple tones, even if I also like what the older version of the film could produce.

Photos taken with the old LomoChrome Purple

Is there a specific picture that you like most from this test roll? Can you explain why?

I’m very satisfied with the whole roll and the comparison with the older purple. If there’s one favorite of the roll, it would be this one. The harmony of light and shadow on each side of Madeleine is quite well balanced, the color of her hair shows all the variation of the purple colors, her attitude and look towards the camera is very charming and the background bokeh has a nice soft purple tone.

Any advice you’d like to share with future LomoChrome Purple users?

Well, I would advise shooting the film with a lot of light and sun, as the film reveals it’s best colors in sunny conditions. Don’t be afraid to overexpose or underexpose it, the latitude is huge and the tonal range quite rich. The best purple effect is achieved when you shoot green elements, but the color shift works quite well with yellow and orange elements as well. And finally, just experiment, try different things and have fun!

In the next few days, we will be sharing more thoughts and lovely photos taken with the LomoChrome Purple. Stay tuned!

2019-10-31 #lomochrome-purple-film

LomoChrome Purple Film 100-400 35mm

This unique color negative film will astound you by transforming natural tones of your photo into new eye-popping hues. A revival of the psychedelic infrared look from the Kodak Aerochrome film we all love, this film guarantees astounding photographic results.


  1. sinkinanchorssince1984
    sinkinanchorssince1984 ·

    nice article, and very nice captures @vicuna. I enjoy it at 320 pushed a half stop to full stop in meter, on a bright day, turned the sky almost florescent green at times.

  2. emkei
    emkei ·

    old for me ;)

  3. superultramike
    superultramike ·

    the old emulsion was best...can we bring it back? :-(

  4. rockabilly666
    rockabilly666 ·

    Old would be my preference too :)

  5. fgiacom
    fgiacom ·

    both! i'd love to try both!

  6. jolom
    jolom ·

    I read this after I'd taken some shots of English Ivy on a tree earlier I am curious to see how those greens turn to purple!

  7. f2imagery
    f2imagery ·

    Hmmm....I actually prefer the old formula....but a good comparison!

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