A while back, Lomography LomoChrome Purple was released in 120 and 35mm formats. But earlier this year, the company updated the formula to make it more stable. With it came the major improvement of making it easier to shoot with. The current LomoChrome Purple formula allows a photographer to get great results whether they’re shooting at ISO 400 or ISO 100. Lomography states that you can rate it at either setting, as opposed to the older formula which needed a lot of light to create the best images. This new emulsion is available only in 35mm, but it provides finer grain and still very nice colors.
So if you’re the type who only wants to shoot in 120, then the size may put you off. But make no mistake, the quality is absolutely there.
Pros and Cons
- Lots of purple
- Sharp image output
- Nice color rendition overall
- Sort of trippy look
- One of the most unique photo looks out there. Nothing digital can copy this.
- Expensive, but I understand why.
- Only available in 35mm
I tested two rolls of the new Lomography LomoChrome Purple with the Canon EOS 33, Sigma 35mm f1.4 Art, Pentax Spotmatic, Pentax 50mm f1.4, and the Vivitar 28mm f2.5.
Specs taken from the Lomography LomoChrome Purple product page.
Venture into a psychedelic color spectrum — turn blue to green, green to purple, and yellow to pink without the need to post-process!
At the super versatile setting of ISO 400, you can get beautiful shots in various lighting conditions.
The new LomoChrome Purple is developed using the standard C-41 process.
The storage temperature for this film is 20°C. To extend the life of the film, we recommend storing it in the fridge, at a temperature lower 10°C. Don’t expose the film to temperatures above 30°C for long periods.
With the two rolls I was able to test, I shot Lomography LomoChrome Purple at both ISO 200 and ISO 400. But in both cases, I gave the film a bit more light (around 1/3rd of a stop) in many situations.
When you’re metering specifically to ISO 400 you may want to shoot the film at ISO 200 but then develop for 400. You can see this in this specific image that I slightly underexposed.
In this image from the same roll, I set my Canon EOS 33 to be metering around 1/3rd overexposed. Indeed, Lomography LomoChrome Purple still likes more light but you’re surely getting more stable results.
Above is a result I got from a roll shot and developed at ISO 200 with a bit more light given to the film emulsion. And here’s where you start to see some more of the film’s characteristics.
Ease of Use
So more or less, Lomography LomoChrome Purple is designed to take greens in a scene and render them as purple. It’s influenced by Kodak Aerochrome in creation. However, there is nothing like this out there.
Here are some of the characteristics of the film:
Extra Sample Images
I really, really like the new Lomography LomoChrome Purple film emulsion. It’s easier to work with and it can render some truthfully beautiful moments. Plus with the way that it works with colors, it can simply just be fine to work with. I strongly recommend that every photographer give it a try to get a look totally different from everything you’ve shot digitally. I’m going to eventually purchase more and use it with a graduated ND filter of some sort.