Lomography Potsdam Kino 100 Black and White Film Review by Jennifer Stamps

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Written by Jennifer Stamps

Lomography films…I have such a soft spot for them.

I fell in love with analog photography using a Lomography Diana and Lomography film, so it’s no surprise that I keep going back to toy cameras and their films.

Today, I’m sharing all the magic one of their newer films: Lomography Potsdam Kino 100 black and white film.

Find Postdam Kino 100 at Adorama or at lomography.com.

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What to Expect From This Film

If black and white film stock were a poem, it would be Lomography Potsdam Kino.

The grain is fine and contrast is subtle. I am a black and white film lover – having shot only black and white film for more than a year. It’s safe to say this is unlike any other black and white film I’ve ever shot.

Inspired by German cine film from the 1960’s, this stock loves light. It’s dreamy and the grayscale tones are so creamy – I’ve yet to experience that with a black and white film stock.

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How to Shoot Potsdam Kino 100

This is a great summer-time film stock – yes, even though it’s black and white!

Because this is a 100 speed film, it’s best to shoot it outside with plenty of sunlight. I rate and develop Potsdam Kino at box speed (ISO 100). It’s the perfect film to pop in your camera and take on a hike, for a picnic, or out to the pool!

If underexposed, the film will lose contrast. With such a subtle contrast on the film already, underexposure will leave your images looking muddy.

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Developing Potsdam Film

This is where it differs from other films – slightly.

I think most of us who develop film at home, learned to develop with Kodak HC-110, dilution B (1:31). That’s how I develop all of my film (unless developing in coffee)…with exception to Potsdam Kino 100.

There is no recipe I can find using dilution B, so I used HC-110 dilution E (1+47). You can find more about mixing the different dilutions in this PDF from Kodak.

Developing at box speed with this formula only takes 6 minutes. However, Lomography has a recipe page with all sorts of developers here.

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Côte d’Azur

If you haven’t already figured it out, I absolutely adore Potsdam Kino film stock.

I fell in love with it last summer after bringing several rolls to Nice, France. I put a roll in my Snap Sights underwater camera and took it to the beach. The images are timeless.

Couldn’t you just picture Grace Kelly being photographed in the South of France with this lovely film stock? A film stock made for a princess, indeed.

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Thank you so much, Jen! Jennifer is a regular contributor here at Shoot It With Film, and be sure to check out her other articles, like Develop B&W Film with Coffee! A Caffenol Developing Tutorial and a film camera review for the 35mm Olympus OM-1. You can also check out more of Jennifer’s work on her website and Instagram.

Leave your questions Lomography Potsdam Kino 100 black and white film below in the comments! You can also pick some up for yourself on here: buy Lomography Potsdam Kino 100 at Adorama, buy Lomo Potsdam 100 at lomography.com

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Jennifer Stamps

Jennifer Stamps is a regular contributor for Shoot It With Film. Find her other articles here, such as Olympus OM-1 35mm Film Camera Review and 5 Film Cameras Under $50.

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