After 10 successful Kickstarter projects, we are back and almost ready to unleash our latest analog triumph – LomoChrome Metropolis – the first new color negative film in over 5 years. After tons of requests for our LomoChrome experimental film line (LomoChrome Purple and the latest LomoChrome Turquoise) we decided to release a completely new edition. The LomoChrome Metropolis will be available in 35 mm, 120 (medium format), 110 (pocket film) and 16mm (motion picture film). At its core lies a unique chemical formula that desaturates the colors, mutes the tones and makes the contrasts pop, specifically developed in our Lomography film manufactory.
Join us on Kickstarter to be among the first to shoot with this very limited film production (with an additional discount up to 25% on the final retail price). The first quantities of LomoChrome Metropolis will ship as early as February 2020.
Curious about LomoChrome Metropolis’ production process? Here is how the idea became a reality:
A Look Unlike Any Other. From the onset, our primary focus was first and foremost the look of the film. Our aim was to create a completely new look with a desaturated aesthetic reminiscent of old time movie theaters and photo books. We then set about reestablishing the abandoned processes of production that would be necessary to bring it to life.
Overcoming challenges in film production. To recreate an entirely new film that possessed the very unique aesthetic we had in mind, we had firstly to overcome the challenge of finding the right chemical components, many of which no longer exist. The equipment to produce film is rare and nowadays the entire process of film production is extremely difficult. This is why there hasn't been a new film released for many years. But, we overcame the hardest part, and sourced the specialist ingredients and tools we needed!
Finding the Perfect Formula. Film is composed of an amalgamation of layers, some acting as chemical reactors while others suspend millions of light-sensitive silver halide crystals. With the ingredients we collected, we created a new composition, using new emulsion types in different layers and in new arrangements. This new film set-up produced the desaturated look, muted colors and popping contrast we had in mind from the very beginning.
Testing and testing again. With the chemistry figured out, we then had to test the film (shooting) to make sure the look met our expectations. From the very first test, the look matched the one we had in mind. However, we continued to test it in a range of light conditions and environments and kept improving the formula to adjust minor details.
A Brand New Film: Welcome to Metropolis. Before we could announce our creation to the world we needed to be sure other photographers were as excited as us. We secretly sent a small number of hand spooled rolls to testers around the world. Following their feedback, we have finally perfected the formula, and are ready to open Metropolis’ doors to the world.
“The new LomoChrome Metropolis definitely doesn’t look like anything I’ve seen before (…) having this new film would just open up a lot of different approaches to film photography and what people are shooting.” — Lauren Roche (founder of People’s Crit)
“The New Lomochrome Metropolis looks really cool, its very desaturated, high contrast, very film noir, but with a tiny drop of color.” — Nick Collingwood (photographer and filmmaker)
“I loved how the skin looks and matches with the background.” — Lidybel Aguila (photographer)
“I think it’s beautiful. It’s a very diffused color palette, with very high contrast, certain colors really pop.” — Kyle Depew (Brooklyn Film Camera)
“A different take on what color photography could be represented as.” — Zach Ruben (street photographer)
- Film type: Color negative
- Film Processing: Standard C-41
- Formats available: 35 mm (also available in bulk rolls for DIY handspooling), 120 (medium format), 110 (pocket film) and 16 mm (motion picture film, please note that we can only produce this format if we reach a minimum of 500 rolls backed for this pledge)
- Film sensitivity: 100–400 extended ISO
- Color Balance: 5500 K (Daylight Balanced)
- Grain: Fine grain structure for high optical fidelity
- Characteristics: Deep blacks, curved highlights and stark tonal curve for dramatic exposures
#nofilter Needed for Great Results
Fight back against the flood of fake imagery, staged vacation shots, carefully curated spontaneity, countless selfies and empty images – devoid of meaning, love and sincerity. Take a deep breath and go back to the basics with film photography. Learn anew the feeling of surprise and uncertainty, build true connections with your subjects and realize the true value of images. LomoChrome Metropolis pays homage to the mother of all colors: black! Search for rays of color in a sea of lightless skyscrapers, frame your subject as they trudge the streets of ghost towns, and disappear down sparsely lit subway entrances – embrace urban annihilation and take portraits unlike anything else. And if you happen to find yourself lost in nature: capture shaggy sheep in the Scottish Highlands, dawn creeping along the Mekong, or weathered wildebeest skeletons by the gates of Windhoek. Inspired by stark images of expressionism and modern urbanism, LomoChrome Metropolis is the newest flavor in film photography – bringing the fresh taste of adventure to analog artists around the globe – standing proud where megapixels and software matter no more.
One Film, Four Formats
LomoChrome Metropolis will be available in 35 mm (bulk rolls of 35 mm will be also available to DIY your own rolls for very special analog art works), 120 (medium format), 110 (pocket film) and likely 16 mm (motion picture film). Please note again that we can only produce this format if we reach a minimum of 500 rolls backed for this pledge. We would also love to produce 35 mm motion picture film, but first we need to know if there’s any demand for it! If you would be interested please get in touch with us via comments or email.
Develop With Ease
Designed for the universal C-41 process, LomoChrome Metropolis can easily be developed at home or in nearly any photo lab. Regardless of what ISO you choose, the development process remains the same.
Unrivalled Photographic Flexibility
Like our iconic LomoChrome Purple, LomoChrome Metropolis features an extended 100-400 ISO range, meaning you can change sensitivity (by changing the ISO setting of your camera) to influence the intensity of the film’s character. From our experience, shooting in direct, natural sunlight really makes LomoChrome Metropolis shine whilst the true sharpness of this film reveals itself most of all in shade – where it shows its dramatic side. The warmer the shade the more likely to take on a yellow/green tingle. We’ve seen that shooting in inner city areas, street light and other urban light sources casts a strong green tinge over the scene – producing a truly unique image. Shots of bodies of water really impressed us, with a slight romantic tinge that makes them stand out from the rest. Due to the color shifting nature of the film, green on the other hand, is rendered far moodier and more foreboding. At Lomography we love to experiment and be surprised by unpredictable outcomes. LomoChrome Metropolis is the embodiment of our philosophy. Keep shooting and let our LomoChrome Metropolis do the magic!
“Not only was the film exceeding my expectations with every shot, but the results were even better than I could have hoped. I think the phrase “over the moon” was used earnestly for the first time in my life.” — Jeb Inge (Casual Photophile, talking about our Berlin Kino film)
“Lomography has a new flavor of film on the way, reconfirming what we already know, that it’s an awesome time to start shooting film.” — Popular Photography (talking about our Berlin Kino film)
“Really, really sharp film. There is minimum grain there, it looks really good. I was really happy with that.” — Matt Day (photographer, talking about our Potsdam Kino film)
“There’s so many companies nowadays discontinuing film, going out of business. When someone is learning film they make a lot of mistakes and film is an expense. So the fact that Lomography has this [color negative film] at such an affordable price and still great quality is very important. I gotta give Lomography credit for this and I hope that people support them by buying this, trying it. That way they can continue making it and keep film alive.” — Raychristofer (talking about our Lomography Color Negative 800 film)
“A color negative film using C-41 development, that allows you to enjoy psychedelic purple color!” — DC-Watch (talking about our LomoChrome Purple film)
Backing the LomoChrome Metropolis is easy-peasy:
During the campaign: Choose your tier from the exciting list of rewards we’ve put together, then select your shipping country and proceed to check-out. The money you pledge will only be booked when the campaign ends and is successfully funded. Note: If you want to add the Digitaliza and easily scan your photos: just add 30 USD (for scanning 35 mm), 40 USD (for scanning 120) or 20 USD (for scanning 110) to your pledge.
After the campaign: Once the campaign is over, we’ll send you a survey confirming the details of your pledge and asking for your shipping address. Soon after that, you’ll receive an email which will allow you to choose the format of your film and select add-ons/accessories with special Kickstarter discounts.
New to Film Photography? No worries, We’ve got you covered!
Take your experimental game to the next level with the 10 Golden Rules of Lomography and capture the world with a perspective unlike any other with LomoChrome Metropolis.
LomoChrome Metropolis is designed for the universal C-41 process, the most common developing process for color film. Once you’re done shooting your masterpieces you can easily drop it off to any photo lab, including our network of LomoLabs.
Scanning and Digitizing your Negatives
Once you’ve developed your roll of negatives it’s time to get scanning. Most photo labs provide scanning services, but if you want to try it out yourself we recommend our Digitaliza film masks available for 35 mm, 120 and 110 film formats (available as an add-on). Other options include simply using your flatbed scanner or digital camera to easily create high-quality scans. Have a look at the Lomography Magazine to learn more about scanning at home.
LomoChrome Metropolis will be available for delivery to most countries around the world. As shipping, handling, local charges and custom fees vary from country to country, please select your reward to see specific details about your location. Lomography cannot be held liable for any additional customs charges that may occur in your location. We have logistics hubs in Hong Kong, Japan, New York and Hungary. This means that we can deliver to customers in the EU, USA, Hong Kong or Japan without incurring additional customs fees when you receive your reward. If you are located outside the EU, USA, Hong Kong, or Japan there may be extra import costs to pay upon delivery. Please note that we cannot ship to Russia, Belarus or Brazil. We’re offering “drop shipping” to backers in Thailand, which ensures that there will be no additional import costs to pay upon receipt of your items. The shipping rates for Thailand will vary depending on the total cost of your pledge – please find a complete list of the shipping costs per pledge in our FAQ section. These shipping rates include all import and handling fees. For all shipping and handling details, please refer to the FAQs. If you’d like to back the project but your country isn’t listed in the dropdown menu upon checkout, or if you have any further questions about shipping, please feel free to contact us.
Established in 1992 by a group of footloose Viennese students, the Lomographic Society International is photography’s wild child. Fuelled by fiery passion and burning curiosity, we blasted off our free-spirited movement when we stumbled across the Lomo LC-A, the most popular Russian camera of the 1980s, now famed for its quirky aesthetic. We wasted no time at all and created our Ten Golden Rules, and we’ve dutifully followed them ever since.
Today, with over 1 million creative members, Lomography is a license to let loose; an invitation to ignite your inspiration, and a platform to catapult your shots around the globe. Whether you’re a complete novice or a seasoned pro, we believe that you harness the power to create something incredible. From crazy color-shifting film to bespoke Art Lenses, innovative instants to classic analog cameras we’re dedicated to designing and producing all the photographic tools you need.
Risks and challenges
We’re proud to have successfully funded and completed ten ambitious Kickstarter projects. We’re working hard to bring the LomoChrome Metropolis to life, but we’re aware that there’s always an element of risk involved in these kinds of projects. The first shipment is scheduled to go out in January.. Although we work closely with our manufacturers to ensure everything runs smoothly, unexpected delays in production and delivery can occur. We promise to keep you informed every step of the way. We’re so excited to be back on Kickstarter. We hope you’ll join us in making the new LomoChrome Metropolis a reality!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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