A very special film: No orange mask, very saturated colorful images and stable for the next 300 years. Easy to scan and easy to shoot.
Some weeks ago, I ordered a surprise pack of color negative film and I found two rolls of Rollei Digibase CN 200 PRO. I was looking on the internet for some information, but I couldn’t really find a lot. One page even said, it’s an “un-mask B&W Film with ISO 200 processing in the colour negative process C 41“. This just can’t be true but definitively worth a try, I thought and brought it to the last Lomo Meeting in Vienna.
It turned out that the film does not have an orange mask, as every other color negative film does (as far as I know), which makes it really easy to get prints on traditional B&W paper. This film also features a synthetic base (polyester) which is supposed to be stable for some hundreds of years (well I was unable to test this). But as this base also acts as a waveguide, you must really pay attention to not load your camera in the sunlight, otherwise, your first five to frames will already be partly exposed. Unfortunately, I ruined my first five shots and it was impossible to scan them.
Obviously, there is no such thing as a B&W film which produces colors, but all in all, the film was a joy shooting with. I’ve never had a film that was so easy to scan as this one. It is also very rich in colors, and especially the blues are outstanding. If you can get your hand on a roll, go for it and give it a try.