Lomography Redscale XR 120 Dynamic Range Test


Is Lomography Redscale XR’s dynamic range really limited to ISO50-200?

Lomography Redscale XR is an interesting film, normal film’s ISO value is a fixed number such as 100, 200 or 400 etc. But Lomography Redscale XR has an ISO range of 50-200!!! This is an interesting feature because besides the differences in ISO values, color tones vary according to the ISO expsure settings. Isn’t that fun?

I am very curious about this film and would like to find out it’s dynamic range. Hence, I shot one roll of Redscale XR on ISO 12-1600 to test its limits!

ISO 12
ISO 25
ISO 50
ISO 100
ISO 200
ISO 400
ISO 800
ISO 1600

Obviously Lomography Redscale XR has cooler tones when shot at lower ISO. I am very pleased with this retro feel. At high ISO, the colors show more intense red and orange tones. I think ISO 1600 is probably the limit. Having said that, I am surprised by the colors at ISO800 settings as the colors are more subdued compared to ISO200 settings. I attribute it to the weather and color temperature of the day when I took those shots. These test photos are shot using Lubitel 166+. As it is a full manual camera, I can decide the various settings. Using Diana F+ should also yield exciting and unpredictable results.

As can be seen, ISO 50-200 is a conservative estimate, I would encourage you to experiment with different ISO settings. For all you know, you might get vastly different results from me.

written by pasty on 2011-01-25 #gear #film #120 #35mm #review #taiwan #redscale #100 #lubitel166 #6x6 #lomo #taipei #staff-review #user-review #lomography-redscale-xr #12-1600
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  1. the_detourist
    the_detourist ·

    Keep in mind, any film shot redscale will have enormous lattitude, with overexposure giving more blues and underexposure more reds (due to order of emulsion layers). (sorry lomo brand, but its not just your *magic* XR film ;) )

    Shoot at will!

  2. rav_bunneh
    rav_bunneh ·

    I love this film. :)

  3. gvelasco
    gvelasco ·

    Keep in mind that most redscaled film looses two to three full stops of sensitivity because you're shooting through the substrate. Of course Lomography.com doesn't manufacture this film, but whatever stock they found has a much wider than normal latitude and is extremely sensitive to be giving any results at 800 ISO. This is an awesome film.

    Nice test and great shots too.

  4. woosang
    woosang ·

    I love these shots. I will be trying this film very soon. Thank you for the experiment. BTW the first photos is just AWESOME. I would print that as a poster. Fabulous

  5. edmund_li
    edmund_li ·

    Awesome pics!!! Cant wait to try out this film ^^

  6. mythguy9
    mythguy9 ·

    Is the Lomo Redscale speed rating based on its original orientation (i.e. blue-emulsion layer first) or its altered orientation (i.e. red-emulsion layer first)?

  7. bonniciat
    bonniciat ·

    Just bought a pack of this film. Can't wait to try it!!!

  8. pinkpix
    pinkpix ·

    I heard that it also matters at what ASA you develop your film. Did you give any specials orders for that? And at what ISO is your first picture taken?

  9. ihave2pillows
    ihave2pillows ·

    wonderful review! very helpful indeed. I just bought some older Lomography Redscale 100... wonder how that compares to the new 50-200 ones...

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