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Rollei Infra-red 400 has turn into an absolute favourite film of mine. Not just for infrared images, but in addition for common images. I feel that Rollei IR400 is in a high quality bracket slightly higher than the Retro 400s and 80s movie. This can be a factually unsubstantiated, but loosely based mostly on my expertise utilizing the film, where Ive observed much less emulsion defects and higher packaging high quality, such because the movie backing paper. Infrared films are very attention-grabbing films to make use of. They file light which we cant see, be it only a hair exterior of the visible spectrum. No less, if you are a fan of a red filtered and like to shoot landscapes, the impact of capturing in infrared is substantially stronger than a pink filter. There are some things that change though, like how certain supplies reflect infrared and become white, together with green foliage. Crimson filters with panchromatic emulsions would darken inexperienced leaves, but with IR film it turns into light or white. Rollei IR400, Retro 400s and Retro 80s are all tremendous-panchromatic movies, and have visible infrared contamination when utilizing red filters. Foliage could even flip white. Another cool aspect of infrared film is that it might reduce by means of a stunning quantity of haze, which might lead to considerably clearer distant textures in landscapes. See the instance beneath. The film, like another present IR movie, needs a devoted infra-red filter to ensure that it to file in that spectrum. These filters are either very dark pink, or pitch black. Remember that the infrared spectrum is pretty massive, and that IR films out there right now only document in the extended crimson or near-infrared range, from 700nm to 820nm. That is not like transformed digital cameras, which might document far beyond that. Due to the needed dark and close to black filters, capturing infra-pink movie with a SLR design camera can become a cumbersome train, since it requires removing the filter for each new composition. This can be avoided with the usage of rangefinder or twin lens reflex cameras, for the reason that filter can keep connected for focus and composition. I use the Heliopan 715 with this film for infrared work. I discover that my negs look best when the movie is rated at ASA 12, with bracketing in the type of half stops of over exposure only. Infrared light is not always constant, so bracketing isnt essentially a cop out, but I would chorus from underexposing. The advisable EI of 25 is simply not enough, even when using extremely compensating developers. The usable EI is three to 12, but clearly with matching developing instances. Like most Rollei B&W films, this one is a dream to load right into a creating reel. On hot days, I usually put the uncovered film within the fridge for an hour before I load it into my JOBO tank. This retains the movie base stiff, and it takes somewhat longer for it to turn into sticky from increasing humidity in the altering bag. Make sure to not shock the emulsion by instantly pouring water or developer in it after loading a chilled film! This movie has a transparent PET movie base. This means, that it have to be loaded in subdued light in oder to stop mild leaks. This might be extra essential for 35mm shooters than 120, since 120 movie shooters want to do this with each film. Additionally, the anti-halation layer can also be there to reduce the chance of mild leaks as well to prevent the blooming effect (aura) paying homage to the now discontinued EFKE IR820 Aura. However, the flexibility of your digital camera to tightly wind a a hundred and twenty roll is important, since most gentle piping I've seen is at the tip of the one hundred twenty roll. Personally, I desire an IR film to have this anti-halation layer. I dont just like the blooming impact like that of EFKE IR820 AURA. If you'd like to provoke the impact with Rollei IR400, overexpose the movie however be certain to tug the movie appropriately when growing. Relating to scanning, its a pleasure very like other PET primarily based Rollei films, resembling Retro 400s, Retro 80s, Ortho, etc. If washed properly, the PET movie base is completely clear, which prevents the scanner having to scan and correct for a base fog. Some scanners will find it hard to deal with the elevated contrast as a result of clear PET, but I find its a blessing with my Imacon 343 scanner. Additionally, the film doesnt warp or curl much, which is something that annoys me usually with Kodak B&W movies. Having used this film with Ilfotech HC, ID-eleven (similar as D76), Perceptol, Rodinal, and Beutler, I can solely say I much desire the results of Rodinal. Especially the non compensating dilutions corresponding to 1:25. This may occasionally require extra pulling at instances, however I discover the tonality and transitions of darker tones stay neater this fashion. Rodinal 1:50 is otherwise advisable as a great dilution, however I discover results get a bit uneventful with 1:100. This is identical for Beutler, however, with a really unique grey look. Personal tastes range, and its finest to strive these items out your self. I had poor results with Ilfotech HC; poor grain texture, a usually poor tonality and really short creating occasions. ID-11 had good results, but the grain didnt look good to me. While perceptively much less grain, it seemed a bit extra clumpy, and lacked the dense and nice structure seen in Rodinal. Perceptol was great. It produced low distinction pictures, with fantastic grain, however the development occasions were very long, (23min at 20℃). Rodinal gives sincere grain with none solvent properties, and thus far this has been my preferred look. From what Ive tried, its been the very best developer for IR400, not just for its flexibility to manage pictorial results, but additionally the way it keeps the movie grain looking neat and dense. All in all, Rollei Infrared IR 400 is a fantastic film. To be fair, EFKEs infra-purple movies had been nice, and in some circumstances preferable over IR400. Unfortunately, its quality management points made it an unattractive and excessive danger movie to use for particular work, and ultimately its discontinuation has made its availability very very slim and pricy. Rollei IR400 is a particular film, however much like the opposite Rollei movies, its not a widely used film and due to this fact a poorly understood movie. Rollei movies ultimately have had poor reputations, since Maco has a historical past of artistic advertising statements and very poor developing recommendations. On prime of this, many people tend to purchase a very small amount of movie for evaluation functions, after which write adverse evaluations based mostly on their poor outcomes. You cant review a movie primarily based off using two or 4 movies, please! Especially not when the manufacture has poor growing recommendations and deceptive advertising and marketing knowledge. Twenty rolls of movie ought to offer you a very good insight. On that observe, if Rollei IR400 is simply too expensive, attempt Rolleis other tremendous-panchromatic movies, specifically Retro 80s, which I find better suited to infrared work than Retro 400s. The image on the left was taken with Retro 80s and a 715nm filter. I suspect this film doesnt age nicely. I've seen on two separate batches, that as they cross their expiry date, the extra base fog they develop, and the less delicate they develop into to IR. The bottom fog will increase and the service takes on a green/brown color. More alarming is the decrease in sensitivity of about a stop or somewhat extra. I cant say for sure if that is a world drop in sensitivity or just IR, since most of my pictures with the expired stock have been taken in infrared. Maco didnt elaborate on this either, and I do know that the emulsions werent this colour earlier than expiry. Odd. Under are two strips of negatives (roll over to see detrimental picture). Left is new inventory expiring in two years time, and on the fitting is old stock that expired two years in the past. The detrimental on the proper needed a one stop push in developing for a similar EI 6-12 publicity I usually use, and many of the usable pictures were the EI6 photos. I havent noticed such behaviour with another movie yet.