First Rolls of Redscale Film in Malaysia with Lomography Redscale XR 50-200 (35mm)


After trying Lady Grey and X-Pro Chrome (35 mm films), redscale was the way to go. I was initially skeptical about the red tones but I was awed by the interesting red effects…and am now converted.

Cute red post box shot on redscale film

Following the first time I used Lomography Lady Grey and X-Pro Chrome (yes, I am slow on the uptake, having found a good film I tend to buy in bulk the way my parents bought fruits and toothpaste), I decided to buy 3 rolls of Lomography Redscale XR 50 - 200, (it comes in rolls of 3) of film. I took these shots (2 rolls) all in Melaka, Malaysia — what would be a better place, as the city is full of red buildings as well!

It was quite interesting to see how the photos turned out. My observations:

Early morning (8am – 9am):
Muted reds, no strong contrast, almost grainy, black/silhouettes are stark, almost purplish on my screen.

Noon time – 3 pm on a sweltering hot (30 degrees +) day:
Yellowish contrast, sun rays looks yellow, whole photo has yellow tinge.

Afternoon, 4 pm onwards on a cloudy day:

I found this time to have the most interesting outcomes. Some of the photos look sepia-ish and some shots have the totally yellow tinge + black, with no reds, while others are almost the same as in the early morning with little contrast.

In sheltered areas such as doorways with no direct overhead light:

All the photos are really with no contrast in areas where the sun is not overhead, where I took the photos they turned out quite dark, so best is to have a nice overhead sun!

I am super happy with the results of this redscale film despite my earlier misgivings.

Camera: Superheadz (unable to adjust any ISO speed, just press shoot button!)
Film: Lomography Redscale XR 50 – 200 35mm
Location: Melaka, Malaysia

I’m really, really surprised with the results of the redscale film as I thought it would produce slightly boring photos with little contrast. I imagined too that the red might be too glaring, but the subtly grainy effects with non-boring different tones make me now want to take many, many rolls of red…

And that could very well turn into a reality, but after I complete my journey with X-Pro chrome and black and white film, and possibly my last roll of Ferrania Solaris 800. I took about 200 photos using Ferrania Solaris and was disheartened to hear that the factory in Italy had stopped production last year. I am a lover of grainy effect + pinkish tones, so hopefully, there will be a film someday that is able to be my constant companion.

PS: I am now also a fan of the round mirrors used on one-way street….now I can have the fisheye effect!

Load up the Lomography Redscale 100 35mm film and achieve the warm-tinged effect produced only by exposing the negative on the reverse side! You’ll get breathtaking square shots evoking intensely warm, honey hues. See our selection of Lomography films here.

written by spiritedly on 2012-06-27 #gear #travel #analog #film #35mm #review #malaysia #redscale #lomography #portraits #superheadz #melaka #user-review #spiritedly


  1. manus21
    manus21 ·

    I love the redscale film. Hope that they will be back in the store soon...

  2. spiritedly
    spiritedly ·

    Ah! Does your stores have tungsten film? I recently shot some and was also surprised by the effects! =)
    Now I need to try all tungsten films hehe…

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