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!