Review: Lomography LomoChrome Purple 100-400

Hello, everybody! Are you a fan of Prince? I am one of those who listened to his music in his prime when he was alive and one of my favorites is “Purple Rain“. Many people remember it because of its very long instrumental part. Back in the day when I used to go to stripper clubs I recall incidents when the dancer would get into an argument with the DJ whenever the latter would play this song. This means that she’d be dancing more than she should! Today, I will show you something that reminded me of my wild youth, and just like Prince’s masterpiece the prominent theme will be the color purple.


The Lomography LomoChrome Purple 100-400 is a variable ISO film similar to the Lomography LomoChrome Metropolis 100-400 but it turns things purple as the name suggests. I have heard of this film for a long time and I have always been intrigued by it but I’ve only shot with it recently. I think it has been around for about a decade, it has a strong following online amongst younger film photography enthusiasts because of the unique look it’s able to produce, which somehow resembles cross-processing in such a way that some colors shift their hues to the purple side of the spectrum.

The box looks nice and the film is encased in an equally nice plastic canister. What struck me the most is the color of the base, it’s yellow and kind of thick. It has 36 exposures, I don’t think these are sold in 24-exposure rolls. Be aware that this film doesn’t come with a DX code so you’ll have to dial-in your desired ISO manually or rate it somewhere within the ISO100-400 range for best results according to the box.