Rollei CN Digibase (120, 200 iso) User-Review


The Rollei CN Digibase is an un-masked colour negative film with very fine grain and deep blue colours.

This film is some kind of special as it is an un-masked one (to be honest, I didn’t really understand the technical aspects of this particularity…) which has a very fine grain and great sharpness. The colors are very deep and the blue ones come out very strong. I tested it with my Holga along the sea, and I was really well surprised to see how the pictures of the seascape came out. The blue colours, the fine grain and the contrast were really impressing.

But as the film seems very sensitive to light, I noticed that the 2 first shots suffered a bit from the light when I put the film in the camera, so I think it is better to load it in very reduced light conditions. But once the camera is closed, no more problem! And for the very sunny conditions at the sea, the 200 ASA value of the film managed it very well.

Really a film worth to be used, especially when you want to have deep blue colours of the sky and/or the sea on your shots!

written by vicuna on 2009-04-10 #gear #blue #sea #rollei #120 #review #sky #colors #fine-grain #beach #holga #200-asa #sharpness #digibase


  1. yoharryo
    yoharryo ·

    Hmmm...does it do blue better than other films due to the lack of orange mask?
    It doesn't look drastically different to any other color negative film, but seems to produce blue pretty nicely.

  2. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    Yes, seems that the blue colors come out really deep, I think it's the main aspect of this film. The 2nd film I made with Diana+ (…) confirms that this film likes the blue colors! And it's very sensitive to light as well, it's better to load in very reduced light conditions....

  3. azurblue
    azurblue ·

    Wow ! The blue is so deep ! Thanks vicuna for sharing this !

  4. stouf
    stouf ·

    Yeah ! Thanks a lot Vicuna ! I have to test it underwater obviously !!!

  5. babo
    babo ·

    Have you tested the B&W development? I`m curious about it! It looks great on colour, and the blues come out great!

  6. mattydk
    mattydk ·

    I just shot a roll of this film in 35mm. Will post my results in the next few days.

  7. mephisto19
    mephisto19 ·

    wundervoll und so farbintensiv.. sehr schön!

  8. jaguarwomon
    jaguarwomon ·


  9. reiga
    reiga ·

    one more thing..this film are very-very sensitive to light..and make sure you keep it in the fridge..otherwise what you will get is is only orange color

  10. sarah-addison-dobard
    sarah-addison-dobard ·

    Very nice. Did you cross process this? @vicuna

  11. sarah-addison-dobard
    sarah-addison-dobard ·

    Oh, nevermind. I didn't realize this was the color negative. I just shot a roll of the Rollei crossbird slide ISO 200 and was wondering if I should x-pro or not.

  12. redfactor
    redfactor ·

    Perhaps the anti UV layer in the emulsion cuts through haze and fog making for very clear skies?

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