Shooting with Lomography Fantome film was a real blast! For those who haven't heard of it, Fantome is a low ISO film stock that's rated at just 8. If you're used to shooting with higher ISO films like Kodak Tri-X 400, you're in for fun challenge.
One of the things that I loved about Fantome was the challenge it presented. Because the film is so slow, I had to be more thoughtful about my exposure and shutter speeds. I enjoyed every minute of it, it was fun.
Lomography Fantome 8 Film Review
Not to say that shooting with Fantome is all about serious, technical considerations. Far from it! I found that the low ISO made it a perfect film stock for experimenting with abstract objects and scenes and lighing. Whether it was playing around with light and shadow, or shooting through different textures. The only downside is that it's hard to shoot without a tripod and flash.
One thing that really stood out to me when shooting with Fantome was the film stock itself. Unlike traditional black-and-white films like Kodak Tri-X 400, which have a gray base, Fantome's film stock is completely clear. This is something that I hadn't encountered before, and it was a real treat. It added an extra layer of interest when I was looking over the negatives and I found it really curious and fun.
It's worth mentioning that Fantome negatives are extremely curly.
Like, super duper curly!
It's not an everyday film but overall, I highly recommend giving Lomography Fantome film a try. It's a fun, challenging film stock that rewards creativity and experimentation. Don't be intimidated by its low ISO rating – it's an incredibly versatile film that will give you some truly unique and beautiful images.
That's all part of the film's unique character, and I think it adds a certain charm to it just like the clear film base.
Sample of clear Fantome 8 film stock compared to gray & orange film.
Macro photography of 3D printed cubes.
Photo samples & my experience of shooting a super slow film speed of just 8 ISO.