Maybe there’s only a technical reason behind this “perfect combination,” or maybe also that romantic feeling about matching a very old camera with an inverted layers of film, that gives the redscale effect. In any case, some of the best pictures I took are born from this marriage: my 1986 classic LC-A and the Lomography Redscale XR 50-200 film.
Why is this match so brilliant? Some of the best pictures I have ever produced was made with this technical marriage. The reason why these pictures are so dreamy is only because, since the original LC-A I use is from 1986, it has the capability of setting very low ISO settings, like 25 ISO. 25 ISO is a setting for a low speed films, that are not available any more on the market and it means that a lot of light passes through the lenses, while shooting. So in a normal film (100, 200, or 400 ISO), we have a condition of overexposure; this overexposing effect on Lomography XR film creates a very cool effect. XR means “extended range,” so it’s capable of give different results with completely different kinds of exposure.
The effect is no more so purely redscale, if you use that setting and you have a bright sunny day, because there are also a lot of green and blue tones.
But, at the same time, if you have low light conditions, the ISO 25 setting will give you a classic redcsale result with dark violet tones!
I suggest you to try with this amazing couple of film and camera. I’m sure you will like the result as much as I did…
The Lomo LC-A is the camera that started the Lomography movement. With full controls and wide ISO range, this automatic gem is perfect for beginners and professionals alike. Get your own Refurbished LC-A in our Shop!
The Lomography Redscale XR 50-200 35mm gives you full control over your redscale images. With its extended ISO range, you can pick an effect that you want and set the ISO accordingly. Your images will exude a lovely retro feel. See our selection of Lomography films here.