Lomography Redscale XR 25-200 (Staff Review)


XR stands for “extended range” and this means nothing less than an amazing range of experiments. The film is rated ISO 25-200, so you can choose what to set your camera to, or what number to use as base for your manual settings.

If you shoot the film like an ordinary 200 film, it basically turns out to look like a redscale film. The fun starts when you lower the ISO and thus expose the film longer to the world outside. This comes in handy especially if you are using a camera with manual settings for the first time and you’re unsure about exposure times.

Just take the Redscale XR and expose long enough. Where standard films begin to look simply washed out, the XR reveals it’s real beauty: a redder shade of pale, bronze and golden tones, pale-ish greens and hints of blue.

This makes it the perfect film for all kinds of fun; longtime exposure in daylight, extra long pinholes, crazy multi exposures, extreme flashing and of course just plain shooting.

If you are brave enough you can go as far as rating the film as ISO 3 or even less! Chances are high that your shots will get this special “vintage” look but this might also vary depending on your lab/scanner.

Have fun and enjoy the flexibility this redscale film offers!

written by mandi on 2010-07-19 #gear #film #120 #35mm #review #redscale #xr


  1. nural
    nural ·

    aww I just spent all my piggies!! If this came out a few minutes sooner I would have bought an xr too :(

  2. leocardarelli
    leocardarelli ·

    Good thing that Lomography Brazil already had those on this last shipment. I got a pack and am shooting the first roll. Will post the pics soon. Great review!!! =D

  3. inanothertown
    inanothertown ·

    Just received my redscale films :) I'm wondering if I can experiment with changing the iso setting within the one roll or if I should stick to the chosen iso for the whole film in order for the pictures to get exposed?

  4. e-pat
    e-pat ·

    Could you please tell us how to develop this film when underexposed?
    I mean, do we need to develop it like a film exposed at 25/50iso or do we need to develop it like if it was ordinary exposed (200iso).
    Thanks a lot for your answer !

  5. myfolkway
    myfolkway ·

    Hi @mandi ,
    How can you control higher/lower Iso settings with a Diana F+, Lubitel or Diana Mini please ?

  6. mandi
    mandi ·

    @myfolkway different story for all the cameras, but if you usually use e.g. sunny setting for diana and 400asa with regular 400 ASA film, just switch to cloudy on the redscale film and you are overexposing, which is just perfect. lubitel: use slower speeds (1/60, 1/30, 1/15s... ) or aperture (f8, f5.6...)... if you're brave try the B setting and as short exposure time as possible by hand...

  7. mandi
    mandi ·

    @e-pat sorry for not answering sooner, i just didn't check this entry anymore :)
    the film is always developed the same way, no matter if 100ISO film or 400 or anything else. you still can try to "push" your film which simply means you develop longer or with higher temperature, so the film you were using is getting a push in sensitivity (with certain side-effects)
    anyhow the best way is to try out, to see what labs do with your film and how the outcome might differ...

  8. myfolkway
    myfolkway ·

    thanks a lot @mandi ! I'll try overexposing or B mode quickly. One last question : can you have the lower Iso, vintage style this way ?

  9. mandi
    mandi ·

    @myfolkway yes, that should actually work.. (still depends on the light sitaution and exposur time and scan...)

  10. myfolkway
    myfolkway ·

    hum... Redscale is wild and the result seems hard to control... Will see on my next roll. Thank you anyway, @mandi !

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