With Great Sadness, I Present to You A Review on the Lomo Redscale XR 50-200


A little late but surely this great film deserves a tribute. The Lomography Redscale XR 50-200 has brought about great convenience to Lomographers who love the vintagey sepia-ish tone. Normally, the photographers would have to manually reverse the film in order to enjoy such delicious tones. Because this film is discontinued :(, this review would serve as a tribute (and a plea to Lomography to bring this film back)

Lomography Redscale XR 50-200.

This is truly a gorgeous film to shoot with. This film is truly unique as you can vary your ISO setting on your camera from ISO 50 to 200 where the results largely defers.

I have enclosed some really interesting shots i have done with Hirune, a fellow lomographer from Japan :) We both use the Olympus OM2N and the Lomography LC-W collaboratively for this roll of doubles :D

Here is an exquisite shot using the film at ISO 50

As you can see it does give a very vintagey look as if the photo has been aged overtime to achieve these earthy tones.

However, this film is a little tricky to shoot with as it loves photos to be over exposed in order for such tasty colors to be captured. Using the film at ISO 50 (or if you are truly stout hearted, try iso 25) would render pictures with a soft tint of orange like those of aged photos. But just a word of caution, it is very tricky to shoot with such low ISOs and the shutter timing for such ISO is generally pretty long.

On the other hand, if you choose to shoot at iso 200, the photos would result in an intense orange color cast and would be underexposed giving it a unique look, often with a silhouette.

It is quite unfortunate that this film is being discontinued and would definitely deserve a longer run as I am sure many others have yet to enjoy the fantastic hue provided by this film.

written by illegaltender on 2012-10-23 #gear #red #history #film #review #redscale #vintage #singapore #beauty #lomo #end #discontinued #great #superb #feel


  1. saidseni
    saidseni ·

    Now I know for sure it was discontinued… :(

  2. sixsixty
    sixsixty ·

    Is it confirmed that the Lomography Redscale 50 - 200 film is actually a different film stock than the Lomography Redscale 100? Just curious, heard somewhere that it's actually just the same film and different packaging.

  3. blablabla-anab
    blablabla-anab ·

    Different package or not it held great results for me, and it truly was my favourite film ... :(

  4. lokified
    lokified ·

    I have a packet of this in my fridge, waiting for my Bel-Air to arrive so I can have a play with the ISO settings. Great shots!

  5. illegaltender
    illegaltender ·

    Thank you @lokified !

  6. sapphire-st
    sapphire-st ·

    you have inspired me! I want to do a tribute for XR 50-200 too!

  7. illegaltender
    illegaltender ·

    @sapphire-st No Problem! I too, have a final roll which i intend to shoot at iso 50 although it is massively difficult to do so haha

  8. endjinn
    endjinn ·

    Discontinued? No!

  9. mcdenis13
    mcdenis13 ·

    @sixsixty Redscale 100 and Redscale XR 50-200 were both manufactured by Ferrania but they were not the same film. The 100 was redscaled Solaris FG Plus 100 while the XR 50-200 was rescaled Solaris FG Plus 400.

    I don't think that Lomography had plan to discontinue these films. They were simply forced because Ferrania ended film production a few years ago. That also means that Lomography can't bring these exact films back. The only current redscale film from Lomography I am aware of is the Redscale 100 in 120 which came back from death because Lomography found a new suplier for this film. However, this "new version" is not the same! Only it's package is. Lomography may re-introduce the Redscale XR 50-200 film later but in all cases, the film would not be 100% the same (exept if someon buy the Ferrania machinery and restart the production).

  10. gabysalas
    gabysalas ·

    Hey guys, fret not, we still have lots of Redscale in some of our online shops and we’re planning on producing more!

  11. illegaltender
    illegaltender ·

    At a faster speed please :)

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