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Diana Mini + Lomography Redscale XR 50-200

Weeks ago I attended the release of 'La Sardina' in my lovely country: Chile. The release was directed by people from "Lomo Chile", and to my luck I won a Lomogaphy Redscale XR 50-200 film in a contest. I couldn't wait to use it and see the results!

When I arrived at home I checked the mail and there she was, my new Diana Mini. I was so glad because I had two awesome things: a new film and a new camera.

I loaded my camera with the new film, and then started to shoot without stop. I was so enthusiastic that I used the color filters with the flash, I checked the focus every time I took a picture, etc.

Very eager to the see the results, I went to my favorite lab to develop the negative, and I was very disappointed at the results: everything was dark, the double exposures came out wrong, half-frame shots were awful, the color of the film overturned the color of the flash and everything came out really, really wrong.

Check the results:

Well, what I can say about this review itself: Please, dear reader, never use colored gel lids and a Lomography Redscale at the same time. I did not like my results, maybe I forgot that I was using a 100 ISO film and the Diana Mini flash wasn’t enough, maybe the film was useless to my main objectives, I will never know. To sum up, I will keep trying to take pictures with the Diana Mini, but I will never ever use a Redscale film again, I swear.

written by narkalen


  1. franty


    I see your point, but maybe you should consider trying redscale + diana mini again. The results are much better when you shoot on a nice sunny weather. I did that last april, and the results were quite good: http://www.lomograph(…)in-redscale I'm still not happy with the blue lines (they seem to happen a lot on redscale films).

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  2. coolsigg


    I agree with @franty, the issue is not the film itself. I got great results using XR with Nikon FM2n, LCA, LCA+, LC-W, Spinner 360 etc. I failed miserably when pairing XR with Sprocket Rocket. It is a light hungry film and simply not meant to be used in low lighting conditions if you don't know how to.

    My humble XR Redscale albums:

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  3. narkalen


    Thank you all for your comments, maybe someday I'll use the Redscae film again !


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  4. panchromatic


    I reckon those first two turned out really well. The darkness seems to give them a suitable moodiness.

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  5. 0live


    I love redscale in the mini! Try using bulb mode. So, some scanners are funky and will change your color cast depending on what you choose as your scanner area. If you are more selective (and leave less blank area scanned, your colors will be more varied, especially with XR. http://www.lomograph(…)-xr-squares and http://www.lomograph(…)loud-colors show some nice greens

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  6. iskandar


    narkalen, don't give up..LOMO ON! try your best..

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  7. kutshie


    Try to shoot some white walls before you take a picture. This overexposes the picture and let you get more color from this awesome film!

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  8. narkalen


    Thank you @iskandar, Great tip @kutshie, I'll try it as soon as I get another Redscale film!

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