Film Review – LomoChrome Turquoise XR 100-400 (plus bonus rant)
A lot of film shooters give The Lomographic Society a hard time and I’ve often asked myself why. I see it time and time again on forums, photo sharing websites and in person…and I’m not afraid to say that most anti-Lomo rants seem to come from people of a certain ilk, who believe that photography in its entirety belongs solely to them.
Sorry folks, that’s never been the case.
Objectively speaking, this collective has done more for film photography in the last ten years than Kodak, Fuji, Hasselblad, Leica, Rollei, Nikon and Canon combined.
It’s probably a good time to also say that I’m not affiliated with Lomo, nor do I take any money from them.
Take a look at these NEW products from the last five years (no particular order):
- A new Nikon/Canon mount Petzval lens (2014)
- The “Spinner” and “Sprocket Rocket” 35mm cameras released
- A new M-mount lens (Russar)
- A new 6×12 medium format camera with AE (Belair)
- A DIY 35mm SLR (Konstructor)
- A smartphone film scanner and app
- Another new Petzval lens (2015, Nikon DC style, Kickstarter in progress)
- New glass lenses for the Diana F+
- A new medium format AE camera (LCA 120)
- New cameras and 110 film…FRESH 110 film!
- A fantastic Instax camera
- Two new film stocks in 35mm and 120 format
I won’t link to them here, as they’re easy enough to find!
Please don’t color me a fanboy. In the interests of openness, yes, I have one of Lomo’s 110 fish eye cameras, their DIY SLR and I brassed up a Nikon FT3 as a birthday gift for a friend, so it would match his shiny brass Petzval lens.
BEHOLD the Brassterd™ !
I also scan or develop about 30-40% of my film with my local Lomo store because they’re close, their prices are cost effective, they don’t skimp on changing developer and their scans are pretty damned good.
Fighting the fight
Can we say that anyone else is out there fighting the good fight as hard as these guys? Sure, some of their older (film stocks are no longer available and their prices can be a little on the premium side but I can’t name anyone else whole has done as much for getting film back out into the public consciousness, or has been responsible for as much growth in second user cameras and expired film sales (search eBay for Lomo).
Rant ends, review begins
So, with that rant out of the way, let me get into the review. Lomo’s LomoChome Turquoise XR 100-400 (which I’ll be calling Lomo Turquoise, as my fingers are cramping), is the second new stock from this Austrian operation in two years.
It’s not a film to everyone’s tastes but rather fun to play around with and it certainly has its creative applications.
I’ve done the hard work testing this films at various speeds and with various filters below. But before you check out my ISO and filter tests, let’s have a quick look at what Lomo have to say about this utterly weird film.
Here’s a brand new film that will transform ordinary photos into magical scenes. Warm colors will be bathed in cool blue gradients – ranging from aqua to cobalt to emerald – and blues will be glowing in golden hues.
LomoChrome Turquoise XR 100-400 is a regular color negative film which gives fantastic results. Color tones transform from one color spectrum to the next, and in turn, create wild and wonderful outcomes! Let this colorful gallery inspire you to try out our limited-edition film!
|Name||LomoChrome Turquoise XR 100-400|
|Exposure latitude||+/- 2 stops|
|Push processing||2 stops|
What’s it really like?
Weird. Really, really weird but in a good way. Unlike Lomo’s previous new film – LomoChrome Purple XR 100-400 – Lomo Turquoise doesn’t really change a hell of a lot under different ISOs, or when shot with different filters on your lens. (This is based on the very bright sunlight in my test, your results may vary).
I’ve added some images below, all shot at ISO 400 with no special filter.
The almost fluorescent blue “piping” effect on the roof here looks like it’s straight out of TRON. Very, very cool.
Compared to “normal” color film, the color shifts are quite striking. Here’s a quick comparison shot on Kodak E100VS color slide film.
It has to be said, this film has a special something about it. The color shifts are intense to say the least. Although it’s not something I’d use every day, the results are rather pleasing and lend themselves to plenty of creative possibilites.
Testing, testing 1, 2, 3…
Time to give the film a run through it’s paces. Turquoise (as we’d expect) is the dominant color and you’ll find plenty of blue and green in there to boot.
Like Lomo’s LomoChrome Purple, the shifts will deepen the closer you get to ISO400. Although they diminish a touch towards ISO100, they still dominant the results. I didn’t test this film down at ISO50 but I’d have to guess that it’ll shift to pastel blues and greens based on the ISO100 results. I’ll let you know in a future update. Ok, time too move on to the proper ISO and filter tests.
Lomo Turquoise at ISO400, ISO200 and ISO100 – no filters
The first set of shots below were taken on a 35mm roll of Lomo Turquoise using a Nikon F100 with a 50/1.4 AF-D lens. The images were shot in sequence at ISO 400, 200 then 100 with only a simple UV filter attached to the lens.
To start, here’s a reference shot (of sorts) from roughly the same location. It was shot on Kodak E100VS (35mm) and then cross processed.
Set one: ISO400, ISO200, ISO100
As you’ll see, there’s not much difference here. Trust me, they were shot at different ISOs and developed for ISO400. Strange, right?
Set two: ISO400, ISO200, ISO100
This is more like it. The difference is much more pronounced than above. Granted, skin tones only go from a very deep blue to not AS deep blue but as you’ll also see, more colors start coming through as we get down to ISO100.
One point of note is that skin tones in the shade will become a deeper shade of blue than those in direct light.
Lomo Turquoise at ISO400, ISO200 and ISO100 – color filters
This is where things start getting interesting. Following my filter tests with Lomo’s Purple film, I expected quite a big color shift when using different filters. Using the same filters and process with Lomo Turquoise yielded rather surprising results but maybe not for the reasons you expect.
Lomo Turquoise and filters at ISO400
As with the other tests below, the following shots were taken with the following filter sequence:: none, red, orange, yellow, green, blue.
Here we go:
Lomo Turquoise and filters at ISO200
Here we go again, this time at ISO200. Same filter sequence: none, red, orange, yellow, green, blue.
Lomo Turquoise and filters at ISO100
One last time, this time at ISO100. Same filter sequence: none, red, orange, yellow, green, blue.
Aaaand that’s a wrap! I’d like to let the pictures speak for themselves but will say this; Lomo Turquoise does a great job by itself without the need for additional filters. If you’re planning on using some, don’t bother.
As I mentioned at the top of the article, I think that taking the film down to ISO50 will yield some really interesting results. Stay tuned for another review in the near-is future.
The point of this film and it’s sibling, LomoChrome Purple, is to work with the colour shifts in the search of something creative. For this purpose, LomoChrome Turquoise XR 100-400 is a great film and hands off to Lomography for putting it together. I just hope that next time they decide to make a film like this, they’ll try a red shift, so that I can finally replace my much loved Kodak AEROCHROME and EIR. One can dream.
To sum up:
If you’re looking for something totally unique to stretch those creative muscles, LomoChrome Turquoise XR 100-400 is well worth investing time, effort and money in.
It’ll give you sometimes overwhelming, alien colours, which will leave you overwhelmed, surprised but never unsatisfied.
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