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Review: Lomography Redscale XR 50-200

A great film when for when you're in complete control over your ISO setting!

I’ve been wanting to try the Lomography Redscale XR 50-200 film for some time after seeing the stunning effects other Lomographers have managed to produce. However, I read that the effect only varies between different ISO settings, and at the moment the only film camera I have is the Sprocket Rocket which doesn’t allow you to set the ISO. Nevertheless, I went ahead and got myself a box to see what I could get from this film.

I’m very careful whenever using this film, that I only shoot in direct and bright sunlight. I did try some bulb settings (without the tripod) but most shots are done in the normal N mode using the cloudy aperture setting. The results are not really good — many shots are really strong in contrast to the extent that the shadows are completely underexposed. Bulb shot turned out better though, but then again I didn’t expect them to be so gloomy even under bright daylight. I didn’t try a lot of double exposures for this roll, so I can’t comment on that.

Subsequently, I loaned a Nikon FM2 from my college photography lab as it can control the ISO settings. As it is a really good professional SLR camera, I had complete control over all the settings and I love how this time I can try every ISO speed from 25 to 200. The results – when I got them back from the lab – were stunning!

The photos at a low ISO are in a retro, sepia-ish tone, and the details, shadows, highlights are great. I’m totally pleased with the film – It adds a very pleasant warm hue to my photo collections!

I guess I will keep the last film to be used on another camera that can control the ISO setting. Using it with the Sprocket Rocket really limits this film’s capabilities, but I guess if I had a tripod with me, then it might be a different story. In conclusion, using this Redscale XR 50-200 film with the appropriate camera will yield fantastic results, especially in the lower ISO region!

written by shuttersentinel17


  1. ariannapaloma


    hey! i'd like to try the redscale film on my canon and i found your article is really helpful. the photos are very nice, i really like the retro style. could you tell me the ISO combination you used? thanks so much!

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  2. shuttersentinel17


    Hi! Thanks, I love the film too; if used in the right way it is really stunning.
    I can't really remember the ISO combination I used - the purplish, pinkish ones should be ISO25, while the red ones are higher, like 200. if you can, try doing double exposures at ISO50 or 100?

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  3. ariannapaloma


    Thanks! So i will try with 25 ISO and i will also try the double exposure. If the result will be good, i will write an article and let you know! :) Thanks again!

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  4. shuttersentinel17


    No problem! Have fun and looking forward to reading your article!

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  5. imnotgic


    So that's how I should use it! I must give Redscale XR a shot again :) Thanks for the tip!

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  6. shuttersentinel17


    @imnotgic no problem and hope to see your redscale photos! :)

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