In my search for a film that I would (hopefully) love as much as Fujifilm ACROS, through some recommendations from other photographers, I found Rollei Retro 400s.
Rollei Retro 400s
This film is a 400 speed black and white film. When I started receiving several recommendations for this film, I headed over to Flickr to see what all the fuss was about. What I found was a black and white film with a uniquely beautiful and even moody look to it.
This is the first in a series of three videos where I’ll share my thoughts on Rollei Retro 400s. In video #1 I’ll share my first experiences; shooting this film at box speed, 400 ISO.
In the second video I’ll share my results I got when pushing this film to EI 1600. I’ll also share my development times, as it will be hard for you to find this information anywhere else. I really don’t know why that is. This film is very useable at EI 1600. Beautiful results. Pushing the film to 1600 just amplifies the films charm, but I’ll get into that more in the next video.
The third video shows images from a photo shoot I did with this film; again pushed to 1600. There wasn’t a lot of light to shoot with, but I like the results. This film definitely has character.
I did cover this information on the podcast already, but wanted to share this information and these photos in video form as well. As most people look for answers to their questions on YouTube, seems like it would be more helpful to share it there as well.
Have you shot with this film?
It is a pretty cool film. Let me know if you’ve shot with it, and what your thoughts are. Also, as always, feel free to ask me any questions and I’ll answer anything I can.