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Lomography Metropolis 2019 [35]

Lomography Metropolis

For some reason, my favorite color film is not even a normal color film. Yes, yes, I love Ektar, and Pro Image is good, but they behave like what good film should look like. Lomography decided to come out with experimental films, the Purple (which I dislike), the Turquoise (waiting for them to ship in 2022) and finally, the Metropolis. In some sense, these three are probably just a stand in for the three major colors (red/blue/green), and Lomography might be using these test results to create the ultimate “normal” color film to compete with the likes of Ektar. However, I fell in love with the muted tones and the rendering by Metropolis. It doesn’t feel old; it feels… faded, like how film feels to us these days. When you reach back into the happy part of your brain, and there it is, a good memory. Not overly bright or saturated, a more calm and soothing image.

My favorite use case for the Metropolis is actually in the shade or when I’m in the city, where it is slightly shaded/cloudy. With that said, they are very versatile and worked well in bright daylight shooting landscapes.


Mt. Hood
[Horizon Perfekt | KMZ MC 28/2.8 | Lomography Metropolis]

Doesn’t this feel like a distant memory, a calm shot in a good summer day?


Mt. Hood at Trillium Lake
[Konica FT1 | Hexanon 40/1.8 | Lomography Metropolis]

Who would have thought a muted, de-saturated film is still able to bring out yellows and greens. I love this shot. Maybe don’t use it during peak flower bloom?


[Konica FT1 | Hexanon 40/1.8 | Lomography Metropolis]

This shot shows the lack of blue and red could work. I usually love saturated colors, but these pictures make me feel. Love them so much.


Neahkahnie Viewpoint
[Konica FT1 | Hexanon 40/1.8 | Lomography Metropolis]

I think they named it Metropolis because it was intended to be shot in the city, which I don’t really do. (I like to shoot green trees instead) But they do work well, because the muted red and blue means all other color get to shine!


Philadelphia Chinatown
[Horizon Perfekt | KMZ MC 28/2.8 | Lomography Metropolis]
A cafe in York.
[Horizon Perfekt | KMZ MC 28/2.8 | Lomography Metropolis]

I like to explain Metropolis as more like a monochrome film, a slight up from black and white. There are still some colors, but these colors are barely around to help tell a story on the subject. At least in my opinion, Metropolis is my clutch in shooting subject based picture, since I’m not very good at BW film.


[Konica FT1 | Hexanon 40/1.8 | Lomography Metropolis]

Last picture, Metropolis can work in indoors lightning, but there are no greens. Without the greens, the colors can look a little yucky, but I think it is a OK price to pay for otherwise such a unique film.


[Horizon Perfekt | KMZ MC 28/2.8 | Lomography Metropolis]

Overall, love love love the Metropolis. Lomography decided to update their Metropolis formula at the end of 2021, with more red/blue saturation. I have a feeling 2019 Metropolis didn’t sell well, as most people dislike the de-saturated look. If you dig this look, you can still find plenty at major camera outlets (the box will have a big “2019 formula” logo). Otherwise, check out the 2022 version. I’ll be a little sad this is discontinued, but I still have a few rolls in my stash.

Then, it will really be a distance memory.





Lomography F2120MPOLIS Overview

LomoChrome Metropolis 100-400 from Lomography is a unique color negative film with a cine-style grain structure. This creative film provides a cross-processed look with desaturated colors and muted tones, making it a fun choice for street photography and portraiture. The film offers an extended 100-400 ISO range for working in a variety of lighting conditions, and can be developed at home or in a lab with the universal C-41 process.

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