A Review of the Ultrafine Red Dragon (Redscale) Film


Last month I heard about a new camera shop in Honolulu, their website said they sold Lomography products, film, and sponsored art workshops. I felt compelled to check it out in person. While there, I have a little habit of trying new things. I have most of the cameras offered, and the other ones were out of my price range. Next was film for sale. They definitely had one I had not tried before: Ultrafine's Red Dragon 100. It is a prepackaged redscale ISO 100 film. I picked up two rolls. I almost always buy in two's so that if I royally mess up the first roll, I have one more shot to experiment before having to return to the store.

The shop's owner said he himself had just shot it a few weeks before and showed me a couple of examples. He recommended shooting it at a lower ISO than the labelled 100 for more interesting shots. The first nice weekend available I put a roll in my Olympus XA as it is small enough to fit in my pocket but allows me control over ISO and Aperture and headed off to a park.

I started off shooting the film at 50 ISO:

Credits: neanderthalis

Then I took it down to 25 ISO and got some wonderful greens:

Credits: neanderthalis

For fun comparison here are some similar shots done first at ISO 50 then 25:

Credits: neanderthalis

The negatives themselves were not numbered and the film still has the reverse curl. It was easy to scan, but only after a visual inspection to make sure I had the correct side facing the scanning bed. I have tested and reviewed other of Ultrafine's offerings in B&W but had never heard of this one before. It was low cost and fun to shoot. I think I will put the other roll in my LC-A+ since I like the results it produces with redscale.


This film review was written by Lomographer neanderthalis. For more film reviews from Lomographers, make sure to keep yourself updated with their routine by following them with their LomoHomes!

written by neanderthalis on 2013-05-20 #gear #test #review #redscale #new #iso #prepackaged


  1. alex34
    alex34 ·

    Excellent article!

  2. djramsay
    djramsay ·

    very nice

  3. istionojr
    istionojr ·

    that film shows flexibility to use with different range of iso to its result, nice!

  4. ajagee24701
    ajagee24701 ·

    Cool color!

  5. broom
    broom ·

    very helpful thanks for writing!

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