I had always been intrigued by the classic, square medium format B&W photos. When I ran out of 120 films, I decided to buy a couple of Lomography B/W 120 from LSI to try out. I am glad I made that decision.
As the name implies, Lomography B/W 120 is an ISO 100 “slow” speed film. When I say “slow”, I mean that if it is used in toy cameras like Holga or Diana F+, it should be shot under sunny conditions or with flash. Multiple exposure is also highly recommended as can be seen below.
The medium grain of the film gives the photos a vintage, retro feel, which I like. As I have never tried other brands of 120 B/W films before, I can’t really give a good comparison.
These photos are shot with my Holga 120GCFN. Some areas of improvements are that the film back markings and numberings are in white, against the black paper background. It can be difficult to read under low light conditions, especially for Holga as the frame counter window is red tinted. Secondly, I wished that there is a sticker or tape at the end of the roll like Kodak or Fuji 120 films. This will ensure that that the completed film roll don’t “unroll” accidentally. I often have to prepare additional scotch tape to secure the film roll.
In summary, this is a value for money 120 B/W film that delivers nice contrast photos with medium grains. Highly recommended if you want to shoot some vintage look medium format photos.
written by coolsigg on 2011-01-27 #gear #review #user-review #lomography-black-white-120-medium-format-review-holga-gcfn-square-street