Rollei CN Digibase (35mm, 200 iso) User-Review


Strangely compelling and oddly beautiful 35mm version of a multi-tasking film.

After reading fellow Lomographer Vicuna's review of this film for the 120 format, I became curious. The pictures in his gallery showed a definite push to the blue side of the colour spectrum and I wanted to see how it would work out for me.

Interestingly enough I intended to purchase some 120 rolls of this, but opted for the 35mm version when I saw it for sale online through a local indie photographic retailer. When my first roll arrived in the mail, I loaded it into my LC-A+ and took some shots throughout the day.

There are a few special factors to this film, firstly the fact that it doesn’t have an orange mask which in effect allows you to process the film as B&W as well as a straight up colour negative definitely adds different layers of use. Loading of this film must be in extremely subdued lighting conditions, be prepared for your first few frames to show some light streaks here and there as this baby is REALLY sensitive.

There’s a lot of grain, for a film with a speed of 200 it showed up more like 800 in some of the shots that I took, especially under cloudy skies. With direct sunlight it’s less noticeable but to be honest that’s one of the reasons why I was so interested in this film in the first place, the pictures just have an unbelievable retro quality to them. The colour saturation is unreal and really pumps up the volume of your blue tones.

I’ve read that this is a film that you either love or hate and I’ve seen some pretty scathing reviews of it on some “pro” photography websites. Personally I love it and should be tried out at least once whether in B&W or in colour, give it a shot.

written by mattydk on 2009-07-20 #gear #rollei #35mm #review #color-negative #grain #double-exposures


  1. eyecon
    eyecon ·

    I like # 1 - the guy reminds me of some singer / songwriter.......

  2. stouf
    stouf ·

    A great film for sure ! Nice review ! And I was also inspired by vicuna's review and tested it (the 120) but I really found it having a thin grain... And you're right, it's extremely light sensitive at loading !

  3. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    Didn't know that my review inspired some of you...! :))) thanks anyway, and it's a cool film to use! :)))

  4. redfactor
    redfactor ·

    The film has a anti UV layer!!!!

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