Lucky SHD 100 – film can not be cheaper

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I got a testbatch from MACO of Lucky SHD 100, a very popular Film used by Photography students in the UK. No wonder, this film is almost cheaper then bread. If it could be eaten, I would. If you buy a set of 10 Films, you pay about EURO 1,62 per film.

“Lucky New SHD 100, with high clarity, wide exposure latitude, and good physical characteristics, can meet various requirements such as high-temperature and high-humidity. It features processed functions of resisting adhesion and scratch, and widely used in portrait, adv, landscape, journey and art photography etc.”

I had a nice phone conversion with MACO, talking about this film and they state, that the emulsion itself is indeed very good with fine grain and good resolution, but the film base is somewhat below the standard quality and the Film is missing an anti-halo layer. However, this can be used to create creative effects if you shoot with the sun from the side or shoot directly into the sun.

Here are my examples, shot at EI 100, developed for 14 minutes in Delta-STD:

on the last two pictures you can see, what happens if you shoot directly into the sun. I quite like the effect.

Reinhold also has an article about Lucky SHD 100 in Caffenol-C-M

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roobit · April 6, 2011 at 1:47 am

great pictures, if you buy a 100 the film is just 1 euro but alas they don’t have it (or its identical twin Shanghai GP3) in 120 format.

calvin · June 23, 2012 at 4:30 pm

We have to develop in a dark room or normal ambient light will do? Kinda newbie here 🙂

    dirk · June 23, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    The fIlm has to be loaded in total darkness into the film developing Reel. You can buy a changing bag, and do it in this bag. It needs a bit of practice, but once you get the hang out of it, it is really easy. Loading a film into a tank now just takes me 2 minutes. I use the JOBO system. Have a look here about the process:

calvin · June 24, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Thnks for the reply. 🙂

Dodi heru · June 27, 2012 at 12:20 am

actually, Lucky film DO have anti halation layer in their film.

Do you use pre-bath with water? Try it and as fas as i see, there is color in water (magenta color). That’s indicate that this film have A.A layer but in tiny level of AA layer and dont have anti curl / good plastic based for film.

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