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    What happened to the Lucky Black & White films?

    Has anyone seen the Lucky (China) films lately? They were cheap but ... fun to use.

    I haven't seen them anywhere in over a year.

    Does anyone still have these? Are they still made?

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    As far as I know, China Lucky still produces the SHD 100 B&W film. Production of Colour films has stopped last September. Please, search this forum for the relevant discussion.
    On another piece of news, it seems Lomography has some sort of contract with Lucky and new colour films will be produced on their plant. See the discussion one Lomochrome Purple. Unfortunately, I don't expect them to restart production of the excellent Super New Color 100 film, unless it fits within Lomo's philosophy.
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    We used to shoot some Lucky Color back in college. The joke was, you were Lucky if anything came out.
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    I've seen it at holgadget.com - colour in 135, b&w in 135 & 120

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    Their luck ran out

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    Try looking for Lucky films on eBay; a quick search showed no shortage of it. That's where I've always bought mine, usually from sellers in Hong Kong.

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    I found the Lucky 120 film to be very heavy and stiff. It could sometimes not handle the tight backwards curve necessary to load in my Bronica GS-1, resulting in an accordion crumple of film inside the camera back. I did like the lack of an AH layer though... It gave a nice glow to the highlights that worked well in some prints. (was that the 100 SHD or the 400 film that was like that?)

    I just might pick some up from holgaget.

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    I miss buying these, they were like a $1.50 when I started shooting film (2011), perfect for practice shots.

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    What happened to the Lucky Black & White films?

    I lived in China from 1996 to 2001 and tried Lucky, Shantou and Shanghai films. Was not overly fond of the B&W Lucky much preferring the Shantou ERA 100 which some speculate is a version of Plus-X. The Lucky color was not too bad after I found a decent lab in Beijing. Heavy on the saturation of reds though (imagine that). I've been back a few times and loaded up a few years ago on a few hundred rolls each of 35mm Shantou ERA 100 and 120 rolls of Shangahi GP3 (65-75 cents per roll). Keep it on ice and am still working my way through them.

    Some discussion of GP3 on another recent thread but overall, like most B&W emulsions, the Chinese films are capable of very good results once you get them dialed in. Last time my wife went back to Beijing to see her sister we asked her sister to snag some more film for me for when Amy got there. She did track down a little more of each but it was harder to find and was told more than a couple of times by employees at the shops that the films were no longer being made and that what was left was simply remaining stock. Maybe they did some huge runs like Agfa did at the end and we'll still see it for some time...
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