Lomography CN 800 (120) : The 'No Matter What!' Film


When I bought my Lubitel, I knew I was finally going to be able to have fun experimenting with different apertures and depths of field. So i decided to buy along with the Lubitel a box of 3 rolls of 120 Lomography CN 800iso. After shooting the 3 rolls, I came to the conclusion that this film give excellent results NO MATTER WHAT are the light conditions !

These 3 rolls accompanied me during my one month summer vacation in the south of France. And I tried to do my best to shoot them with the widest range of lighting possibilities. From a clear blue sky and über sunny day; to greyish and white light skies; to shots that are entirely in the shade; to night shots with and without flash; to backlighting shots; to dusk and dawn shots !

Leaving Paris polluted and grey sky (polluted compared to the south of france), waiting for my train, everything that is white will probably be over-exposed, maybe even burnt, but the contrast with the rest is simply great ! Dark areas don’t get grainy and keep their colours.
It is a film that will burn easily when shot with long exposure settings, anything that’s bright, under 1/30sec will surely come out burnt. But you keep great details on the rest.
Even shots taken with no direct light, you still keep great colors and focus. This is where i believe the graininess of the film is the most perceptible.
Now on the other hand, with good aperture and speed settings, on a bright and sunny day, this film is outstanding on the entire color spectrum. Thanks to it’s high sensitivity, you can use small aperture settings allowing you to have shots with a huge depth of field ! Plus you can be sure that your shots will come out mostly well focused at 1/125sec even if you move your camera around while snapping away !
Here are some night shots, one with flash, two others just using a slower shutter speed and B setting.
These with the Diana Flash with a orange color gel with a 1/125 shutter speed
I also tried taking fireworks with the B setting, but was on a the deck of a boat, hard to not move around… I still enjoy the results =)
These were my first backlighting shots and I’m pretty happy on how the photos came out =)
But this is what I like most with this film, how the colors come out on low light exposures, morning and evening, dusk and dawn !

So to conclude, the Lomography ColorNegative 120 (800iso) film is an excellent film to shoot and experiment different settings on a camera that allows it ! And I also believe that this film will also look great in a camera such as a Diana or Holga… for the next review maybe ;)

Thanks for reading lomo-fellows and remember that lomo means HAVE FUN =)

written by mikahsupageek on 2010-09-10 #gear #film #120 #review #color-negative #lubitel #800 #lomography #user-review


  1. mikahsupageek
    mikahsupageek ·

    Who do I ask to fix that typing mistake: "assets" and not "assest" ?

  2. eatcpcks
    eatcpcks ·

    love the picture dark with the gold beer:D

  3. mikahsupageek
    mikahsupageek ·

    Hahaha, a belgium man who loves beer... What a shock ;)

  4. eatcpcks
    eatcpcks ·

    Hey if you ever tasted good beer... it's normal

  5. paramir
    paramir ·

    Great review my friend! I love the beer photo as well, not only for the beer, but also for the wonderful tones in it :) well done Mikah!

  6. herbert-4
    herbert-4 ·

    Good review, wonderful gallery!! I like this film. The colour saturation is good and gradient is smooth, better than the cheap stuff I usually shoot.

  7. tallgrrlrocks
    tallgrrlrocks ·

    Great review Mikah! I love how you showed results in different conditions. :)

  8. mikahsupageek
    mikahsupageek ·

    Thanks friends =) I'm glad you enjoyed reading it =)

  9. remahor
    remahor ·

    nice results dude

  10. stickyvinny
    stickyvinny ·

    I really want a beer now! Haha :p

    Haha the shot of guy in the pool with the fisheye lens looks like such a Lomography advert! Love it! :D

  11. stickyvinny
    stickyvinny ·

    I really want a beer now! Haha :p

    Haha the shot of guy in the pool with the fisheye lens looks like such a Lomography advert! Love it! :D

  12. mikahsupageek
    mikahsupageek ·

    @stickyvicky thanks for the comment =) if ever you come to paris, i'll treat you with a beer :p

  13. lawypop
    lawypop ·

    Great review buddy! i heart lomo 800 !!

  14. domyblue
    domyblue ·

    Great review !!! Love the night shots and the fireworks :)

  15. bittersweet
    bittersweet ·

    great review! i agree Lomo means having fun and forget the rules! :)

  16. michell
    michell ·

    Crazy lightpainting with the fireworks! :)

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