A review of the Lomography Redscale XR 50-200 35mm film and its plus and quirks with examples.
I really enjoy Lomography’s Redscale XR 50-200. It reminds me of the yellowed pictures I see in the old family albums from the 1970’s and that is instant nostalgia for me.
I have tried a few packages of Lomography Redscale 100 and was never quite satisfied with the results as I do with the Redscale XR 50-200. I find the pictures better consistency with exposure than Redscale 100. I rarely get back a blackened picture with the Redscale XR 50-200, although I am still surprised by the results from frame to frame. Occasionally I get frames far more greenish than others. Softer reds, browns and oranges are common. The green foliage of plants tends to make a nice contrast in the frames.
I do warn you that like many Redscale films, if you get prints, check to see if they are not reversed on paper. As often as I warn the clerks at the 1 hour developers, they often panic when the automated machines sensors tell the clerks that the negatives are “backwards” in the machine. This may not occur so strongly with the Redscale XR 50-200, but since my earlier experiences with the Redscale 100, I just ask for developing only and scan my negatives at home. I can always send my scans for developing if I want a print for my desk.
My experience is with the 35mm type but I will soon try the 120 version in my Lubitel 166U. These pictures were taken with the Olympus XA and set for ISO 50.
I hope this gets you motivated to try a new film in your camera!
The Lomography Redscale XR 50-200 35mm gives you full control over your redscale images. With its extended ISO range, you can pick an effect that you want and set the ISO accordingly. Your images will exude a lovely retro feel. See our selection of Lomography films here.