Rollei Retro (120, 400 iso) user-review

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The ONLY film worth using during classic tweed cycling events: I went on a quick hunt for flat caps and tweed jackets and realised that my old Yashica Twin Lens would really fit the Look! and what better film to use than the Rollei Retro 400!

The ONLY film worth using during classic tweed cycling events: I went on a quick hunt for flat caps and tweed jackets and realised that my old Yashica Twin Lens would really fit the Look! and what better film to use than the Rollei Retro 400!

A good friend of mine told me about the London Fixed Gear and Single Speed Bicycle Tweed run that was going to take place. The culture of fixed gear or single speed bikes has been growing fast in London over the last few years. I really wanted to shoot this and was thinking about taking my digital, portable flash and so on. Then i decided I wanted to take part as well and couldn’t face carrying my big SLR and flashes.

I went on a quick hunt for flat caps and tweed jackets and realised that my old Yashica Twin Lens would really fit the Look! and what better film to use than the Rollei retro 400! With the ever-present risk of grey weather in London B&W 400 speed film is always a safe bet. The Rollei produces great tones and contrast and can definitely handle a little over or underexposing. I rated the film at 200 and fount that the film, camera and event fitted together perfectly! Hope you like…

written by adamscott on 2009-02-12 in #reviews #bikes #b-w #tweed #reflex #120 #cyclists #twin-lens #retro #yashica-twin-lens #rollei

25 Comments

  1. lomosexual_manboy
    lomosexual_manboy ·

    Really really great gallery of shots here. Looks like a fun event to be a part of.

  2. u-t-e
    u-t-e ·

    Mustaches (beards are gooood), hats, and bicycles! I love it! I mean the shots, of course...

  3. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    The shots are fantastic!!!.Their retro style is just perfect for this film review and it seems to have been a lot of fun too!. Congrats for this review (of the week????)

  4. grenoouille
    grenoouille ·

    What a remarkable review!
    That set of shots is staggering and as elegant as the people taking part to the event.
    Absolutely charming!

  5. dirklancer
    dirklancer ·

    Smashing gallery!

  6. lomodirk
    lomodirk ·

    Absolutely amazing!!! Love single speed bikes, but I never heard of dressing up like this...The shots perfectly matches the event...well done...

    Hey LSI, here is the film review of the week (in my opinion)

  7. anarchy
    anarchy ·

    This is just too cool to be true... I'm going to faint..........

  8. adamscott
    adamscott ·

    thanks guys! sorry about the double text at the beginning... not to be too self promoting or anything but there is a full gallery here: lfgss.adamscottphotography.com/

  9. trash-gordon-from-outer-space
    trash-gordon-from-outer-space ·

    Unbelievable!

  10. d_i_d
    d_i_d ·

    just perfect!

  11. fookshit
    fookshit ·

    nostalgique!

  12. cinzinc
    cinzinc ·

    great job! shot 7 is incredible!
    cheers to you my man!

  13. edpinholewis
    edpinholewis ·

    Hey your shots are awsome.... really cool especialy no. 7! how long did it take for your film review to come through? like the time it took from when you rote it to it being on the reviews page? Anyway they are really cool and good review!

  14. adamscott
    adamscott ·

    thanks again people!

    Not sure how long it took to get published... a few days?

  15. oldskool_rider
    oldskool_rider ·

    wow, great film, great shots, great subjects, great bikes....GREAT!

  16. coca
    coca ·

    great gallery!!!!!!!

  17. eyecon
    eyecon ·

    Yeah...nice! Is this some official event or just some friends gathering together?

  18. stouf
    stouf ·

    Ahaha ! Kick-ass film and stylish subjects. That's what's needed !!!

  19. stouf
    stouf ·

    plus a great photographer of course... ; )))

  20. adamscott
    adamscott ·

    thanks again people!

    Eyecon this was a "official" event although maybe not too official if you know what i mean.

    thanks Stouf!

  21. krabbpojken
    krabbpojken ·

    incredible portraits! brilliant work!

  22. larslau
    larslau ·

    This is really good..!

  23. annegreat
    annegreat ·

    OMG! These pics are amaaazing! They should be published in a magazine.

  24. panpriatel
    panpriatel ·

    Well done. Your report pics from that cycle thing are charming! Is this Rollei Retro 400s? Or just 400? Witch one is courently in shop.lomogrpahy?

  25. fed
    fed ·

    @panpriatel: From the title, this seems to be Rollei Retro 400 which is rebranded Agfa APX 400. Rollei Retro 400s is rebranded Agfa Aviphot 400 which has an extended red sensitivity to 750nm. Which a Hoya R72 filter you obtain the same results as Ilford SFX!

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