The Lomography Redscale XR 50-200 will surprise you with its incredible versatility. By varying the ISO from one shot to another, you will get a wide range of shades so much to make it appear that the photos were taken with different films.
Intrigued by the possibility to change the ISO of the Lomography Redscale XR 50-200 I decided to test one. To get the best results, I then loaded it into a camera that would give me the chance to decide from time to time, shot after shot, what sensitivity to use. Specifically, I used a Canon EOS 1000F, an excellent camera of the early ’90s with electronic light meter.
So I took a whole roll of 35mm 36 exposures over a period of half a day, from afternoon to night and the results were surprising. All photos of this article were taken without flash, in some cases with the help of a tripod, especially at lower ISO, then a long duration, in other cases not. I decided to use the full ISO range from 6 to 6400, available on my camera.
The first photo is taken at 6 ISO mid-afternoon sun and very hazy. The colors are very similar to real ones, perhaps tending to be slightly greenish.
The following photos were taken at 200 ISO, and it advertises as Lomography at 200 ISO. The tones are warm and reddish/orange.
These are taken at 400 ISO, the shades are even warmer.
For the next shot instead I kept the same framing and aperture f22 changing only the ISO, 6 in the first photo, the colors more realistic, with an exposure time of 30 seconds, and 400 ASA for the second picture with an exposure time of about 6 seconds. I took them at night just after sunset.
The following are taken at ISO 2000 within the window of a store gadgets. The very high ISO gave me the ability to shoot without using flash or tripod. The tones are more and more fiery!
To finish with night shots taken at ISO 3200.
The photos I shot at 6400 ISO did not come out!
And now, some general good rules to keep in mind when using films such as this:
1. The lower the ISO the closer the resulting colors will be to reality.
2. The higher the ISO the more tones will tend to heat up and turn toward the red.
3. Highest ISO = exposure times lower but higher grain.
4. Lowest ISO = long exposure times (a tripod is a must in this case) but less visible grain.
Now, all that’s left is for you to try it out and have fun with this film. The incredible potential of this film will surprise you!
Also, check out the album which contains all the photos I took for this article!
Load up the Lomography Redscale 100 35mm film and achieve the warm-tinged effect produced only by exposing the negative on the reverse side! You’ll get breathtaking square shots evoking intensely warm, honey hues. See our selection of Lomography films here.