Making your own redscale film is an easy job with 35mm film. So choices are limitless, you can just flip any and every CN film out there. But redscaling a medium format film is a whole different ball game, and is a lot easier said than done. Buying redscale 120 is basically the only viable option. And even though choices of pre-made redscale 120 film are limited, that’s OK, since one of those is the perfect redscale film: Lomography’s XR 50-200!
Redscaling is one of the best inventions to ever been introduced into analogue photography! On so many occasions, a scene looks a million times better in redscale than it ever would in color or b&w. And it is an easy thing to do when you are working with 35mm film. But when it comes to 120 film, I for one would never attempt to do this myself. Which put me in a bit of a pickle: 120 film is my favorite format, redscale my favorite film… Only one thing left to do: go out there and find the perfect redscale film. And I did: Lomography’s XR 50-200 film!
Most of the time you’ll see redscaled photo’s that are very… well, red! And rightfully so. But what sets the XR 50-200 apart from the others is its huge range of tones, depending on the exposure settings you use. And boy, do I love those color tones! Personally, I prefer to expose the film at the lowest ISO possible under the present light conditions. Exposing for ISO 50 will result in very soft, sepia colored images.
Shot at very low ISO 50, aperture wide open.
Closing the aperture down or lowering shutter time by one or two stops will shift the colors towards soft oranges and with further stops even to brighter orange/yellow.
Without changing the camera settings, still exposing for ISO 100, but shooting in a more shadowy area will finally give you some reds.
Since the XR 50-200 is a very flexible film when it comes to exposure times, it is without a doubt the most perfect film for double exposures!
Just like any other redscale film this one will add some fire to your sunsets!
As the look and the colors of photos made with XR 50-200 film exude this very natural old school atmosphere, I thought it would be fun to throw a mask into the mix. The idea was to make the pictures look very old, even moldy maybe. The mask came through a bit harsh, but in the end I quite like the results. This series was based on a tipster written by blueskyandhardrock, so thanks for that!
Just in case you didn’t get my message: I LOVE XR 50-200 FILM!