1 - Rollei Creative Edition: Nightbird


I recently treated myself to 4 rolls of the Rollei Creative Edition films. I am going to write a review of these films in my opinion. This is my review of the Rollei Nightbird.

Credits: kneehigh85

When I first got this roll of redscale back from the lab I was really disappointed with the results as in the most part they looked grainy, and hadn’t achieved the deep deep red tones I had seen so many times online and indeed on the packaging.

Credits: kneehigh85

I was initially all ready to say that I hate the film quality and that it didn’t come out at all how I expected. However, I have since learned that the light meter on the Zenit I used it in is not 100%, which may account for the grainy photos as above. I also know that the Rollei Nightbird works best at higher ISOs which the Zenit E is not capable of. I cannot really explain however, why the photos below have come out with such blue/green tones and to me they look more like they have come from a roll of Lomography Redscale XR.

Credits: kneehigh85

I think with the added benefit of hindsight, I am happy with how these shots came out and I will be buying a roll of this film again when I can because I would enjoy the chance to put it in a better and more appropriate camera. Overall, a 7 out of 10 for me.

written by kneehigh85 on 2011-06-17 #gear #review #film-review #experimental #redscale #lomography #fail #user-review #requested #nightbird #rollei-creative


  1. phalanx
    phalanx ·

    Hey, what ISO was your film and what ISO did you set your camera to?
    Here (www.lomography.com/homes/phalanx/albums/1714407-redscale-001) is a Nightbird ISO 800 shot in a Nikon SLR at ISO 50 setting.

    The first set of your pics here seem to be underexposed to me while the first shot of the last set seems to be "overexposed" i. e. that the dark red you are looing for should be somewhere inbetween :)

  2. crs1990
    crs1990 ·

    I'm not slating your photography, some of the stuff on your profile is brilliant but 7/10 for this seems generous. You've used a good camera there and the films certainly are not cheap. Some of the shots you've gone for could have been excellent but were spoiled by the film.

    I wouldn't have given it more than a 3/10 to be honest.

  3. kneehigh85
    kneehigh85 ·

    Oh gosh no I didn't mean 7 out of ten for my photos - I wouldn't been give them 1 to be honest. I meant I would still give the film 7, despite my problems because i am now aware my camera wasn't working properly allthe time and some of the shots came out ok colour-wise.

  4. nicolas_noir
    nicolas_noir ·

    I think crs1990 realised that and the 3/10 is for the film rather than your shots. I've been put off by this film due to the stuff on flickr. It works different, supposedly, from traditional redscale and lomography redscale as it is manufactured backwards rather than standard colour neg film but flipped which is what the lomography redscale stuff is. I like the 1st shot from the second bunch though, not sure whether I'm tempted to get any yet though!

  5. kneehigh85
    kneehigh85 ·

    well I think I gave it 7 because I assumed it was my light meter that had messed them up, though having said that, other rolls on that camera are not like this. And like @phalanx said, maybe I didnt have it at the right ISO? I don't know, I think I prefer good ole lomo redscale.

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