Rollei Nightbird (35mm, 800iso): Your Photos Drenched in Wine


This is a different kind of redscale film, from the famous Rollei brand, another member of the “creative edition” series.

When Rollei launched its “creative edition” series, this particular film, the Rollei Nightbird, called my attention. If there was already another redscale film in that series (Rollei Redbird), why would this be a different choice? Well, it was said that this film was an 800 ISO redscaled film, and then you could shoot pictures in mildly-low light situations without underexposure. When it became available at the online shop where I buy some of my films I decided to give this a try.

It is kind of easy to find this film at online shops, however, you don’t see much samples of pictures from it or reviews over the internet. And that made me even more curious to try this film.

As my official film-testing camera (Canon A1) had half a roll of Portra inside of it, I decided to use the Vivitar UWS (Superheadz clone) to try it. I took it on a trip i made to Buenos Aires and tried shooting at different times of the day, to see how the film performs, and if it could yield nice images in low light situations.

And here are the pics:

These I took outside in a day with a lot of sunlight,there’s even a picture I pointed directly at the sun. It gave the traditional redscale look we all know.
Then these i took outside at the shadow. Still the traditional redscale, but this time less orange more red.
And finally these were taken at dusk, with rainy weather, and surprise: beautiful tones of pink and purple wine colours but with a little bit of detail loss.

Defiiately, it is a film worth to try, maybe if I used a camera which I could play with ISO, shutter speeds and aperture, I could get a better conclusion about it. I should test it indoors too.

written by gborin on 2011-06-08 #gear #red #night #film #rollei #review #redscale #wine #vivitar #uws #purple #lomography #user-review


  1. fizzynothing
    fizzynothing ·

    I'm going to have to look this film out now. Great article, thanks!

  2. af-capture
    af-capture ·

    thanks for sharing your results...nice pics. hope you had a good time in south america

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