Holy Lomo Moly – The curious case of light spots on Lomography 110 film

Lomography have proved the savours of the 110 format and deserve serious Kudos for being the main supplier of 110 film packs. But there might be a wee issue with the backing paper…

This is no deal breaker for me I still think these are great films. In fact one wonders if it might be by design but a recent post on Flickr about pin sized leaks on the Orca 110 B&W grabbed my attention and stirred my memory.

Who watchs the watchmen
Halina Micro 110 with Lomography Tiger CN200. 2016

It’s not a film I’ve used  but I shot a fair few  lomography tiger 110 film rolls last year on a bunch of  different cameras and had noticed the odd orange/yellow spot. This is consistent with tiny holes on the backing paper.

Diana Baby 110 Test Shot
Lomography Diana Baby 110 Test Shot. Lomography Tiger CN200. 2016

Usually this was mild but every so often you’d get a mass on a single frame

Leaky Water pistol
Minolta 110 SLR with Lomography Tiger CN200. 2016

It is a variable problem. On some rolls I’ve not had any issues on others just a few odd spots and on some a major glitz. And I’m not alone – a quick glance through Flickr’s 110 film camera’s group pool picks this up as an issue on both B&W and colour Lomography film.

It may be Lomography’s design – after all the original Orca 110 deliberately lacked some backing paper for leak effects at the end of a roll.  It is also solvable by taping over the film count window on the 110 cartridge with some light tight tape.

Is this an issue for you – or have  I and others just got unlucky ?

12 thoughts on “Holy Lomo Moly – The curious case of light spots on Lomography 110 film”

  1. I didn’t have this problem with a roll of Tiger I used a few years ago. However, on two different rolls I shot this summer I got the spotting on a few frames. Thank you for figuring out the reason. I thought it might be my pentax 110.

    1. That’s helpful to know Mark. I only really started with 110 last year and was initially blaming the camera. I’ve found using a small strip from the light tight wrapper to cover the count window seems to block out these spots

  2. Also had this problem! Thought it was the camera (Pentax 110) that I hadn’t used for several years.

  3. We have seen the same spots on customers’ films for Tiger film this year in particular. Never seen on slide not redscale, but not sure if you could actually see spots through the latter’s red murk.
    Stops customers blaming the camera/us/act of god

  4. Really helpful, thank you. I’ve seen those and wondered if it was mould on my lens or something but my 110 is awkward to clean. Of course, Lomography is pretty much all I use (other than when a rolled my own Ektar!) so had nothing to compare to, but recently put a Fukkatsu through and there was no problem.

    I don’t dislike them, actually, and it’s comforting to know that I haven’t got a mouldy camera now!

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