Give 'em the Bird


A test roll of Rollei Crossbird (35mm, 200iso) in a Superheadz Golden Half yields some bright and happy faces…

If you want to reproduce a moment in time with complete colour fidelity, chose another film. If you want a film that will take your sunny day shots and crank them up with some smooth saturation, give Rollei Crossbird a try.

This was my first roll of Rollei Crossbird in the 35mm format – knowing that it would eat up some overexposed sunlight, I put the 200iso roll in my Superheadz Golden Half and set the aperture to a wide open “cloudy”.

Rollei created this new film to be cross processed; or at least that’s what it seems – to be honest, I have no idea if this was especially created for this, or if it is just a rebranded, repackaged slide film. But seriously, who cares? We were all going to cross process it anyway!

The negatives are a striking shade of purple, and lay sharply flat, making them a pleasure to handle around the scanner.

I am madly in love – you might even say infatuated – with the potential in this film. I haven’t used it much yet, but the way it handled both a little sunny overexposure and some indoor flashing, it seems to me that it will be a good companion for the saturated and colourful situations I like to find myself in.

If you’re not a fan of extra orange and blue, disregard everything I just said, and prepare to adjust your curves.

written by dirklancer on 2011-01-27 #gear #film #rollei #35mm #review #slide-film #saturation #half-frame #golden-half #xpro #cross-process #crossbird #film-photography #user-review


  1. dirklancer
    dirklancer ·

    it looks like my photos are missing...

  2. saidseni
    saidseni ·

    Wow, I have to try this one!

  3. nicolas_noir
    nicolas_noir ·

    Like Lomography Xpro 200, Rollei Crossbird 200 is based on Agfa RSX II 200. Rollei took over Agfa's film factory in Belgium. Rollei also make Digibase 200, which again is based on the Agfa emulsion, however the difference is that digibase is marketed for the digital "serious" film photographer, as it is intended for E6 process than scanning. The digibase is marketed as having an optimum base for scanning, and is often cheaper than Rollei Crossbird. However I've not personally dealt with either film to say how digibase performs crossed or crossbird performs through E6.

  4. dirklancer
    dirklancer ·

    @nicolas_noir that sounds like something I need to experiment with. :)
    I certainly enjoy the colours that I could pull out of this film!

  5. gvelasco
    gvelasco ·


  6. davidpowell
    davidpowell ·

    love love love the colours!!

  7. orangeuke
    orangeuke ·

    love the colors is there a 120mm equivalent you recommend?

  8. wallflowersforjane
    wallflowersforjane ·

    that's some really pretty colours! i will look out for this!

  9. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    Looks great for the colors indeed! Must try it!
    @nicolas_noir and @dirklancer: I tried digibase x-pro, but it doesn't produce such orange colors, but mainly blue/green and a bit brown on the first shots of the film as the loading seems to burne the 2-3 shots easily. Best to load in very low light...

  10. user575
    user575 ·

    These are stunning! :)

  11. rudemuinho
    rudemuinho ·

    I love these pictures, but I get the impression that they may be a little overexposed, do not you think that if instead of having selected the "cloudy", if you had selected the "sunny" the result would have been better?

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