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Lucky SHD 100 film review

Last weekend I tested a wonderful black and white expired film Lucky SHD 100. I find it strange to talk about the pros and cons of the film, because a photo (no matter what it was shot with, even a refrigerator box) does not lose its subjectivity - what one person likes, another may not like at all. So let me just tell you about it, and you can decide whether you like it or not.

The first thing that catches my eye is, of course, the strangely low contrast. The film was shot at a nominal ISO 100, the day was more than sunny and I mostly shot at an aperture of 2.0 - 3.5 at a shutter speed of 500-750. Well, good news for fans of push processes. When you take it to develop, sign the spool poosh +1 or +2 and there's our favorite Ilford-like contrast back in the "chat room".

Grain is as fine as the odds that this film ever getting cheaper.

Now comes the confession. I LOVE DUST AND ARTIFACTS IN PICTURES. Okay, not all of them, but most of the time it does look interesting on street photography, some home sketches and other shots that tell us about the romance of being. This film attracts dust quite a lot and as you understand, the technicians in the film developing shop have better things to do than blow every speck of dust off your film.

I rarely shoot on expired film and at first I didn't understand the funny thing about cloudy streaks and gray monotonous picture. My hand was already reaching for Lightroom to at least somehow correct the situation. But I have found the strength to accept the expired film as it is, because that's why we love it.

Well, and a bonus trick from the Chinese manufacturer: an ineffective anti-areola layer that generates noticeable halos - a "glow" around bright areas of the image. I really like this cinematic effect. A little contrast in post-processing and voila, it's just like a Hollywood movie. Take a look at the last shot.

I give the Lucky SHD 100 8 points out of 10.