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Lomography’s Six B&W Film Stocks compared!

Lomography has a wide variety of B&W film, some of which we’ve shot a lot of over the years and a few we’d never shot until this comparison.  We shot the two 400 iso stocks, 100 iso, and the low iso film stocks side by side with the same camera, same lens, and same exposure settings which you can see below!


Lady Grey 400 vs. Berlin Kino 400

Lady Gray 400 has been our most shot Lomo B&W over the years – we love the strong contrast, bold tones, and the grain, which is relatively fine for 400 iso.  Berlin Kino 400 is Lomography’s other 400 iso film and, as you’ll see in the samples below, the iso is the only thing they have in common.  Berlin Kino 400 – a Cine film inspired by 1960’s German Cinema – has much less contrast than Lady Grey 400.  Berlin Kino 400 has more subtle tones and, while the grain is more noticeable, it has a classic and beautiful look to it.

We enjoy shooting both of these stocks and choose between them based on the light/weather.  If it’s overcast with very even light, we’ll go with Lady Grey 400. But if it’s sunny or high contrast light we’ll go with Berlin Kino 400!

Berlin 400 Lomo EOS 3-1213
Lady Grey 400 Lomo E7-1212
Berlin 400 Lomo EOS 3-1235
Lady Grey 400 Lomo E7-1238-Edit
Berlin 400 Lomo EOS 3-1214
Lady Grey 400 Lomo E7-1214
Berlin 400 Lomo EOS 3-1231
Lady Grey 400 Lomo E7-1232
Berlin 400 Lomo EOS 3-1232
Lady Grey 400 Lomo E7-1234
Berlin 400 Lomo EOS 3-1221
Lady Grey 400 Lomo E7-1222

 

Earl Grey 100 vs. Potsdam Kino 100

Earl Gray 100 resembles Lady Grey 400 but with much finer grain which makes it ideal for shooting on bright sunny days.  When you look at Earl Grey 100 & Potsdam 100 side by side, they’re almost identical – the only noticeable difference is Potsdam 100 has slightly finer grain and does better in tonal transitions from bright highlights to dark shadows.

If you are looking for fine detail you might want to choose Potsdam Kino 100 which has sharper grain but for overall versatility, we feel Earl Grey might be the best. Overall, it’s hard to go wrong with either of them.

Lomo Postsdm 100-000417000010-Edit
Lomo Earl Grey 100-000253120027
Lomo Postsdm 100-000417000026
Lomo Earl Grey 100-000253120008
Lomo Postsdm 100-000417000034
Lomo Earl Grey 100-000253120003
Lomo Postsdm 100-000417000031-Edit
Lomo Earl Grey 100-000253120006
Lomo Postsdm 100-000417000035-Edit
Lomo Earl Grey 100-000253120002

Babylon 13 iso vs. Fantome 8 iso

Babylon 13 iso  & Fantome 8 iso are cine film from Lomography’s Kino line as well.  And yes, 13 and 8 iso are very low which is what makes these two very unique.  If you’re going to shoot them, you will need a tripod or very a fast lens, or both depending on the light you’re shooting in.  All of these were shot with either a 40mm f/1.4 or 135mm f/1.8 which allowed for handheld shooting. As you will see below, they both have very fine grain but look very different when it comes to contrast and tones.  The Babylon 13 has very low contrast, which produces good detail in the shadows and highlights, but on occasion was a bit flat.  The Fantome 8 has very strong contrast that makes most shadows completely black and bright highlights a pure white!

If you are choosing between these two, it all comes down to contrast. If you like strong contrast you will want to go with Fantome Kino 8, but if you like lower contrast you’d want the Babylon Kino 13!

Lomo Fantome 8iso-000570860016-Edit
Lomo Babylon 13iso-000570870017
Lomo Fantome 8iso-000570860017
Lomo Babylon 13iso-000570870016
Lomo Fantome 8iso-000570860022
Lomo Babylon 13iso-000570870011
Lomo Fantome 8iso-000570860015
Lomo Babylon 13iso-000570870018
Lomo Fantome 8iso-000570860008
Lomo Babylon 13iso-000570870027

Print Comparison on Ilford B&W Silver Gelatin Paper.

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