120 Redscale is Not Possible…WRONG!


Yes, 120 redscale is possible! Look at my photos to see for yourself.

When I found out about the 35mm redscale technique, I was curious if that could be done for 120 film. A lot of people said that it wasn’t possible. I found that weird because the principle of redscaling 120 film should be the same as redscaling 35mm film. After so many thoughts about it, procrastination sessions, I finally had the push to give it a shot. I had a roll of undeveloped exposed film, so I checked out what had to be done. The film itself is just taped to the back paper, and what’s left of me to do was peel off the taped film, flip the film, and tape it back on. Simple right?!

The hard part of redscaling 120 film:
• Must be done in the dark.
• Aligning the film when taping it to the back paper in the dark.
• Making sure that as you roll back the film to the spool, it doesn’t loosen up.

• Don’t use the redscaled 120 film right away, let it stay rolled in the spool for some minutes to adapt to its new form. This will avoid the film from loosening up when placed inside a camera.
• Use a medium format film that your are confident in getting all 12 shots exposed (my first try was with a Diana F+, I only got 3 out of 12 shots).
• I think we should push process it by 1 stop (I haven’t tried but all my shots are under exposed).

I’m extremely satisfied with this experiment, proving that redscaling 120 film is possible! The possibilities for film photography are endless! That’s why I love Lomography and film =D

Now it’s your turn to try out this tip! Go red! Good Luck and Lomo on!

written by cinzinc on 2010-04-07 in #gear #tipster #lomography #experiment #120 #tipster #redscale #diana-f #tips #modification #yashica-mat-124g


  1. ericeast
    ericeast ·

    Very brilliant!

  2. paramir
    paramir ·

    yes, just tried it out myself a few days ago, waiting to see the results... you beat me to this tipster! :) great one!

  3. eva_eva
    eva_eva ·


  4. eggzakly
    eggzakly ·

    You don't have to push process, you should just overexpose by 1 1/2-2 stops - just like you would when redscaling any other film... I have to admit that I still don't really see the attraction in redscaling 120 film - having to unroll and re-roll the film with the backing paper is just so fiddly. Especially when there's 220 film out there, you can flip it every which way you want without fiddling, you still get 6x6 frames (or 6x4.5, 6x6, 6x12, depending on the camera), it's about the same price pr roll as 120 AND you get twice the number of frames. But then again I'm a die-hard 220 fan: www.lomography.com/magazine/tipster/2009/10/04/tipster-of-t…

  5. mephisto19
    mephisto19 ·

    wel... just use 220 film... way easier... ;)

  6. rater
    rater ·

    The first 4 images are cool...

  7. stouf
    stouf ·

    Love the two first !

  8. ahleng90
    ahleng90 ·

    how about using 'b' mode or to shoot during very hot sunny day to expose the film better?
    thanks for sharing this! i should try it :D

  9. lomosexual_manboy
    lomosexual_manboy ·

    Yah, it's easy if you are patient with flipping the film. Overexpose, overexpose, overexpose. I don't recommend using a Diana or Holga unless it is super bright out since you can't adjust apertures and shutter speeds as much, but experimenting is half the fun.

  10. cinzinc
    cinzinc ·

    thanks for taking a look guys. unfortunately, i've never seen 220 film in my entire life. so lucky for those who have and can try this out.
    experimenting is half the fun, so give it a go!

  11. northwardnimbus
    northwardnimbus ·

    amazing discovery chong!

  12. stickyvinny
    stickyvinny ·


  13. mythguy9
    mythguy9 ·

    I overexpose 1 - 2 stops when using a redscale, but I'm curious what's the result when you push the film.

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