The Golden Glow of Lomography XR 50-200


When the weather turns grey and sombre, who doesn't love the instant warmth a roll of redscale brings? After several rolls of homemade redscale film, I decided to try the Lomography XR 50-200. A good decicion!

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Redscale is one of the easiest ‘special’ films around: it’s cheap because you can make it yourself and you don’t need to instruct your lab on cross processing or anything. Now, instead of making more redscale from the cheapest Agfa around like I used to do, I decided to try a ready made redscale. I had read about the special qualities of the Lomography XR 50-200 and was intrigued. This film can be used at different ISO values — from 50 to 200 ISO — to produce pictures with a very different atmosphere.

Here’s two pictures of the same tree, the first one in 50 ISO, the second one in 200 ISO. You’ll notice how the lower iso gives you a cooler, picture with finer grain, and the higher ISO shot produces a slightly grainier, much redder picture.

First photo 50 ISO, second photo 200 ISO.

Of course, setting the ISO of your camera between 50 and 200 produces something in between: more orange, reasonably fine grain.

First photo 200 ISO, second photo 100 ISO.

Here are some more examples of the film at 50 ISO. Note the cool greenish hue, and even some blue!

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At 200 ISO the color is a warm dark red or orange. More red in lower light, more orange in brighter light.

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Personally, I think this film is at it’s best when shot outside in bright sunlight. The pictures become truly golden.

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What I like most about the Lomography XR 50-200 is the versatility, the way you can play with the different ISO values to produce very different pictures. Whether you want a cool, subdued vintage look, of a warm red glow, this film makes it possible.

The Lomography Redscale XR 50-200 35mm gives you full control over your redscale images. With its extended ISO range, you can pick an effect that you want and set the ISO accordingly. Your images will exude a lovely retro feel. See our selection of Lomography films here.

written by stratski on 2011-11-24 in #reviews #50-200-iso #film #user-review #50 #lomography-xr-50-200 #redscale #lomography


  1. dearjme
    dearjme ·

    Great examples and review!

  2. jing815
    jing815 ·

    Hi =) can i know how do you get the vintage feel with abit cool color but not all red ?
    i've try 2 rolls of this film and i'm using yashica 635 which it cant set the iso whenever you shoot..
    most of the lomo camera also not able to set the iso right? so what can we do and how can i get the vintage color if i cant deal with the iso?
    i'm so disappointed because mine photo is all red ....

  3. stratski
    stratski ·

    @dearjme: Thank you!

    @jing815: Hmm, I would guess that overexposing your film one or two stops (or even more) might help you. That's basicly what the iso setting does, isn't it? Setting your camera to a lower iso tells it to expose the film longer because the film is less sensitive to light. So if your camera doesn't do this for you, you can do it yourself. Just use a slower shutter speed (or larger aperture if you prefer that) that you would normally use. Here's a nice picture that illustrates it better that I can tell it:

  4. jing815
    jing815 ·

    ok! i get it!
    Thx the information that you've share. i appreciate it . =)
    Thank you so much.

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