Classy B&W Film

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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.

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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

4 Comments

  1. gvelasco
    gvelasco ·

    Thanks for the review. Nice pictures. I really like the double-exposure with the person doing the drawings.

  2. kdstevens
    kdstevens ·

    I like the film, also, and agree that the numbers are almost impossible to see when you wind the film. Also, a problem with a lot of Lomo 120 films is that if you remove the roll from its box the foil package is blank with no indication what the film is.

  3. xylem_void
    xylem_void ·

    May I ask where you bought your 120 film?

  4. coolsigg
    coolsigg ·

    @gvelasco: thanks for the like. that is one of my fav too. :)
    @kdstevens: that's true. they need to improve the packaging somewhat. Kodak and Fuji are much better in that respect.
    @xylem_void: I bought them online from Lomography.com

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