The Film Pharmacist : Lomography Redscale XR 50-200

Catalog Number : 016
Reviewed By : Akshay Bhoan, ME!
Film Name : Lomography Redscale XR 50-200
Format : 120 / 135 / Instant : 135 & 120
Speed (ISO) : 50 to 200
Color / Slide / BW : Color (Redscale)
Processing (C41 / E6 / BW) : C41
Color Exaggeration (R/G/B) : R
Availability (In Production / Back Stock / Discontinued) : In Production
Contrast : High
Uniformity (High, Mid, Low) : Low
Personal Comments : Lomography has always been producing some pretty quirky stuff. And this is the quirkiest of them all. When you take a roll of film, you shoot it emulsion side top. But if you were to invert the roll and shoot it from the base, then all the light would pass through a red filter, making all the pictures tinted with a deep orange – red tone. Fun and quite unique, the red scale film also has a variable ISO (or that is what they say) that it can be shot from 50 to 200 ISO as per requirement.

Samples :

Because I didn't have many redscale shots scanned, these are a few courtesy Ankit Goel AKA itshodgepodge

Note : If you notice the portraits have a mind red tone whereas the other two pictures are much deeper orange. The deep orange ones have been shot on Lomography Cameras (A Diana F+ and a Fisheye No.2) and the portraits have been shot on a Canon 500 with a 50mm 1.8 lens. I have not been able to understand why exactly there is a tonal difference but the best guess is that film on low ISO behaves more red and when pushed to 200, becomes mild.

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10 thoughts on “The Film Pharmacist : Lomography Redscale XR 50-200”

    1. Ankit, maybe its the other way round. Maybe film at low iso is making less red as its getting exposed to more light. Less light (or high iso) is making it more red.

  1. I got this film recently n planning to shoot with a diana mini lomo camera which doesnt have an option to choose iso..wondering how the 50-200 range will work..any idea?

    1. A camera doesn’t need to have a ISO option for you to use it as variable ISO. It basically depends on how you meter the light and how you develop it. Say you were shooting in the morning OR evening and have low light, then just shoot with your Mini and develop at 200ISO. Whereas if you’re shooting in the afternoon with bright light, develop the film at 50ISO.

      You have to tell which ISO to develop the film at to the lab so that they won’t make a mistake.

      1. I think you don’t even need to buy the film. Just take regular film and wind it the other way into an empty canister and shoot it.
        No need to spent all that extra on redscale film.

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