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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