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Lomography films (Pic: Lomography)
The price rises seem to affect Lomography’s range of colour negative films most of all (Pic: Lomography)

Lomography has announced a price rise affecting its film stocks, blaming “various industrial and global changes”.

The Austrian film photography brand, which rebrands various colour and black-and-white films alongside various toy cameras, said it had been forced to raise prices because of continuing effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

In a post on its Facebook page, Lomography said: “Due to various industrial and global changes, we will be increasing some of our prices, effective immediately, so we wanted to keep you in the loop about what’s going on.

“Over the past couple of years, global industries have been experiencing significant changes to their logistical operations and production, as well as dealing with rising prices due to inflation and the increasing cost of raw materials. We have therefore had to take additional steps and adjusted some of our prices to ensure that we can continue to bring new and exciting analogue products to you, our Lomographers.

“Despite these challenges, we want to keep experimentation accessible to all. That’s why we have worked hard to contain price increases within our own costs as much as possible. Some firm favourites amongst our Lomography Community like the Diana F+ and Konstruktor cameras have not increased in price since we first launched them and their prices will remain untouched!

“As you know, Lomography is dedicated to keeping creative film photography alive and thriving and we’re so excited to see that the analogue community continues to innovate and experiment. We foresee an exciting future for the analogue community and we will always be here to challenge your imagination, build on your innovation and keep film photography fun!”

Some of Lomography’s film line-up has been affected more. For example, a three-pack of CN800 – a colour film believed to be an older Kodak emulsion – has risen in price to £42.90 in the UK – which works out at more than £14 a roll. This now makes the film only slightly less expensive as a roll of Kodak Portra.

A three-pack of CN400 now costs around £35, and a three-pack of CN100 film costs £25.90.

Less dramatic price rises also affect Lomography’s range of 120-format films.

The price rises do not, so far, seem to have affected Lomography’s range of black-and-white film, most of which are made by Foma Bohemia in the Czech Republic and ORWO in Germany.

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