Rollei Infrared (120, 400 iso) User-Review


The luminous wonder for the frenzied pictures you’ll every made!

Some weeks ago I bought a film bundle at LSI-Store. As the package arrived there was this curious medium format film inside. Black and white and infrared? I thought of greenish pictures like infrared cameras make, but I searched for the film in the internet and saw some stunning pictures.

I loaded this film into my Diana F+ and went out for a walk through a graveyard and across a crazy backyard. When I got home, I recognised that I used the entire roll! Immediately I walked down to my favourite photographic laboratory, cause I was so exicted, I won’t wait any longer to see the results! One day later as I scanned the film, the pictures blew me away.The contrast is stunning and I love this special “aura”, that glows in my shots. I love the pictures of the statues in the graveyard, they almost look like phenomenons.

But here are some tips:
- Don’t be afraid try to overexpose the film, you will get more of those “aura”
- Maybe used with a red filter to increase the special effect
- Shoot at shiny days, this is no film for cloudy ones

I really like this film and I can’t wait to see new results!

written by stinketier on 2009-11-05 #gear #black-and-white #review #glow #diana-f #rollei-infrared


  1. lolfox
    lolfox ·

    Great pics and and interesting looking film, but can someone tell me if there is something in the photo rulebook that says when you use infrared film it is obligatory to take photos of graveyards.

  2. stinketier
    stinketier ·

    yes on page 76... ;-)

  3. stouf
    stouf ·

    Beautiful graveyard shots ! ; )

  4. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    wow, beautiful gallery!! And of course, IR film can be shot outside of graveyards, but it gives such a stunning effect to the statues and mood...!!

  5. azurblue
    azurblue ·

    Wow stinketier, your pics are great !

  6. dogma
    dogma ·

    Great film! love it does!

  7. breakphreak
    breakphreak ·

    which filters had you used, if I may ask please?

  8. adbigmilk
    adbigmilk ·

    I heard you have to use a special filter for infrared films, is that true ?

  9. stinketier
    stinketier ·

    I did not use any kind of filter, but i heared that a red filter should increase the infrared effect. So the next time i will try it, but like you see it also works without!

  10. herbert-4
    herbert-4 ·

    Find a Hoya R72 opaque red filter, for strongest IR effect. I wrote an elaborate review of Efke 820ir film in Lomography Magazine Films a while ago. I put everything I know on the subject in it. Have a look, Then do it again. Enjoy.

  11. breakphreak
    breakphreak ·

    yep, looks cool, but without a filter there is no dramatic difference between a regular b/w and an infrared film

  12. underaglassbell
    underaglassbell ·

    You do realise to utilise this film for the "aura” effect you need to use an Infrared Filter; at the LEAST you need to use a Red filter to delve into the IR of the film.
    - Not using a IR or indeed any filter is just going to result in normal B&W negatives, basically the same as if you use Ilford SFX without a filter.
    - They are designed so that they can be used normally with our a filter and at the same time give IR effect IF, IF you use the correct filters.

    So I'm sorry by just Overexposing the film you have not got the “aura” effect, you have just overexposed the film and got normal black and white shots. NOT infrared.

  13. abbym
    abbym ·

    infra red is great, find best results in bright day light conditions!
    if you don't own a red filter, get some red cellophane and fashon a filter over your lense.
    try srewing up the cellophane and then covering your lense for some interesting light effects!

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