Rollei Infrared (120, 400 iso) User-Review


What could be better than seeing the world like if it is snowing everyday?

The Rollei Infrared is the film you need for your newest experience in photography. It is a high speed panchromatic B&W film with special infrared sensitivity up to 820 nm with filtration.

How to Use and What to Expect

There are two different ways to use it:

  • To get a good IR effect you must use a deep red or R72 filter. The R72 filter is really kinda opaque (you will loose approximately 4 to 5 stops so your iso 400 is gonna be around 12 to 25 iso only) and because of that you’ll probably need to make long exposures if you don’t want to get a black picture and also to get a strong IR Effect. The outcome you’ll have will be black and white and all the things that got IR sensitivity- such as the sky, water, people will appear intensely white.
  • You can also use this film for a basic Black and White picture. Shooting this at 400 iso will give you some very fine grain, superb detail in highlights and shadows.

Some Tools Needed
It’s recommended to use a tripod for a steady picture with a cable release system, IR Filter as Hoya R72 or #89B.

ROLLEI IR 400 can be loaded and removed from the camera in subdued lighting conditions. Complete darkness is not required!

Exposure Times
In full mid summer sun with a Hoya R72 exposure times of around 1 second is a good starting point, doubling those times when winter comes. If it is cloudy, try around 4 seconds exposure, if you are in the shade,8-16 seconds or longer would do. This of course means a tripod is needed, and a cable release system is quite handy as well. One thing to keep in mind is that the reciprocity factor with IR film is pretty high and it is better to over expose a little bit rather than under exposing. As an example in deep shade late in the day I have gone as long as 60 seconds. Also remember that you need to double your exposure times to move up a stop. So 8 seconds is only 1 stop more than 4 seconds, and 16 seconds is only 2 stops while 32 would only be 3.

It is recommend not to leave the film material exposed in direct sunlight, strong heat or relative high humidity.
Cooled stored film material should not be used until film is warmed up and thawed. For unexposed film, Up to 24 months in cold storage by 8° C is recommend while for exposed rolls, please keep film in cold condition, processing as soon as possible is recommend.

I’ve used Diana F+ 75mm and 38mm lens, Rollei Infrared (120, 400 iso), Hoya R72, Gorillapod, Cable Release on shots found in this gallery.

I hope you found this brief article helpful.

written by dfred on 2009-08-07 #gear #infrared #rollei #120 #review #400-iso #b-w #infra-red #diana-f #infrarot #hoya-r72 #r72-filter


  1. jeabzz
    jeabzz ·

    cool ! shots 6,8 and 9 are greaat:!

  2. dfred
    dfred ·

    Merci mec

  3. ethermoon
    ethermoon ·

    brilliant and excellent photos!

  4. stouf
    stouf ·

    Bravo dfred, t'as déchiré !

  5. lomosexual_manboy
    lomosexual_manboy ·

    Very nice gallery with a very informative review. If I was to shoot some of this I would definitely refer back to it.

  6. grenoouille
    grenoouille ·


  7. mattydk
    mattydk ·

    stunning photos, really does look like winter!

  8. herbert-4
    herbert-4 ·

    Good article, wonderful photos!!!

  9. eyecon
    eyecon ·

    Yeah, I really learn something here and the trees looks amazing....

  10. abcdefuck
    abcdefuck ·

    wow. i love the gallery.

  11. dfred
    dfred ·

    thanks everyone really glad to hear

  12. breakphreak
    breakphreak ·

    c'est magnifique! where have you got the films, though? ebay is the best supplier or...?

  13. buster_adams
    buster_adams ·

    C'est ce qu'on appelle une review très complète!!

  14. suzyallman
    suzyallman ·

    I love the Holga/Rollei Infrared combination. I have found that a nearly fool-proof way to get the correct exposure with this film and the R72 filter on a Holga is to use a light meter set at ISO 3, at f11. This will tell you how long to expose for. The film is gorgeous.

  15. shoujoai
    shoujoai ·

    excellent review!

  16. stickyvinny
    stickyvinny ·

    Fantastic gallery and great review!

  17. adash
    adash ·

    Very nice! I do however expose from hand, since with a faster lens F/2.8 - F/4 the exposure times are about 1/30 to 1/90 in full sun:…

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