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How to Make Photos Look Vintage: Inverting Lomo Redscale XR 50-200

I did not have any expectations about this test nor have any idea what the output shots are going to look like. I normally invert color negative films to make them redscale, but not the other way around.

So just to satisfy my curiosity, I decided to reverse a roll of Lomography Redscale XR 50-200 to turn it into a negative film. As usual, I used my ever-reliable black jacket because I don’t have a darkroom or film changing bag.

I loaded the inverted roll into my new La Sardina camera during our family vacation in Puerto Princesa, Palawan and was surprised by the results!

Photo by antibiotyx

Shots turned out hazy, very much different from what the usual color negative film renders, but I quite like the “vintage” feel to the photos. They look as if they were taken 10 or 20 years ago.

Photo by antibiotyx

I’m totally clueless about what caused the fogginess. Perhaps, it was related to the extended exposure range of the film; maybe it’s just a pure accident, or something else. Whatever it was, I couldn’t care less.

I’m gonna do this more often. You should try it too!

written by antibiotyx


  1. wuxiong


    Heihei, I was just considering to do the same the other day. Now, I sort of have an idea what to expect, thanks for sharing the results , antibiotyx...<:)

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  2. antibiotyx


    @wuxiong go ahead and try it! the results may be different. share it to us. :)

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  3. chethong


    may be Lomo just sold us some cheap and heavily expired and fogged films ? Lol

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  4. vicuna


    i think many of us were curious to see the inverted XR... Thanks for trying it!

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  5. cwyeung


    I've tried it before, it's feeling is simplar to Lomo CN800

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  6. cwyeung


    similar, typo

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  7. noe_arteaga


    I may be completely wrong, but those may be "finger prints." When you handle film, you're supposed to be careful not to touch the emulsion side because fingerprints and other stuff shows up on the image. Because the redscale comes loaded with the emulsion on the top part, maybe it's just the way the film was handled. . . The streaks look pretty consistent.

    I've actually been wanting to try this for a long time and LOVE your results!!

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  8. coolbober


    what ISO did you use?

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  9. antibiotyx


    @noe_arteaga oh yes that's another possibility. but i was quite careful not to touch the film when i reversed it. maybe it's the friction when i was turning it. or maybe it's lab error. who exactly knows!? @coolbober i didn't use any. la sardina camera has no iso setting. :)

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  10. oxgn


    Nice articles :D Sometimes ago I'm too desperate because I don't have any colour film left, so I inverted the redscale XR and heres the results : http://www.lomograph(…)0-23-7-2011

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  11. laureanopm


    you used (rated) the film as ISO 100?

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