Make a Redscale Roll in no Time


This is the easiest way to make a redscale roll... ever.

Credits: robertofiuza

I discovered this when I was at the beach and wanted a redscale film to shoot the sunset but only had a regular roll.

What you will need:

  • A roll of 35mm film
  • A Lomography Sprocket Rocket Camera
  • Scissors (optional)

What happened that day at the beach? I just placed the roll inside my Sprocket Rocket… Upside down! It fit but I had one problem, I needed to make a new leader and I didn’t have scissors. Guess what? I used my nails to cut a piece of the roll and it worked perfectly!

When you place the roll upside down, the camera’s rewind knob won´t come all the way down but it will still rewind the film. Also, to rewind you will have to turn the knob in the opposite direction of the arrow.

Usually my homemade redscale film gets really “dirty” like the following picture

Credits: robertofiuza

I think this is because when the film is processed the emulsion side is in contact with the transport system of the processing machine. If you make redscale this way, this won´t happen.

Finally, this technique also makes EBS (Expose Both Sides) really easy :)

Credits: robertofiuza

written by robertofiuza on 2013-09-14 in #gear #tipster #redcale #homemade #sprocket #film #diy #rocket #tipster


  1. saidseni
    saidseni ·

    Do you know if this works with the Horizon Kompakt?

  2. andrus_n
    andrus_n ·

    Great - Something to try. But the dark winter is already here in London today.

  3. robertofiuza
    robertofiuza ·

    @saidseni, I don't have a horizon. I only tested this on the Rocket and on my Olympus Pen.

  4. robertofiuza
    robertofiuza ·

    You can also try the tipster by @metobi…
    This will probably work on most cameras. Works on my yashica lynx…

  5. blightybiker
    blightybiker ·

    With the Olympus Pen did you still need to cut a new leader? I'm just trying it on my EE-2 :)

  6. jakemasa
    jakemasa ·

    Thanks for the tip

  7. sophiayik
    sophiayik ·

    How should I develop the film? as usual?

  8. robertofiuza
    robertofiuza ·

    Yes @sophiayik. You develop as usual but you should expose the film 2 or 3 stops lower than its ISO. So, if you are using 400 ISO film you should shoot it at ISO 50 or 100.

  9. jimjimm
    jimjimm ·

    @robertofiuza i am trying this idea...and seem to have a problem...after loading the film upside down...whenever i forward the loops out of positon...because of the natural turn the film has already...which does not keep the film in position...any ideas?..

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