talkin bout camerasa blog by Branden Frederick

Kodak Lumiere

Published 8 Dec 2018 – Updated 8 Dec 2018

uncommon slide film

In 1993, Kodak launched a new film called Lumiere. That is the entire official history of the film on Kodak's website. It appears a few times on this Kodak documentation where it is described as a "natural color positive" film. And then someone at Lomography abused a roll so horribly. In short, there's not much info about this film online.

So of course when I found some, I bought it. I got two rolls of 120 Lumiere with unknown history, plopped them into the Pentax 645Nii, set the ASA to 80, walked around San Francisco's Sunset District, and hoped for the best.

And I was blown away by the results. I hadn't expected a 25-year-old slide film to hold up this well. Shooting as much old film as I do, I've had as many rolls fall apart on me as I've had success, and rarely are the "successes" are great looking as this Lumiere. Besides a little loss of contrast, there's no real film degradation at all.

So I'll let the rest of the images speak for themselves.

about Branden Frederick

I am a photographer: I have fun taking photos, and I always have.

I've had a camera in my hand my whole life, a 110 camera as a kid, and the high school's 35mm SLR later. In 2008 I spent six months doing nothing but taking photos and loved it. From that point on I've had my camera surgically attached to my hand (I lie). I went digital in the year 2000, and I came back to film in 2013. My parents tell me my photos are "nice".