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Rollei Infra-pink 400 has turn out to be an absolute favourite movie of mine. Not just for infrared pictures, but also for regular images. I really feel that Rollei IR400 is in a top quality bracket barely higher than the Retro 400s and 80s film. This can be a factually unsubstantiated, however loosely primarily based on my expertise utilizing the movie, the place Ive observed much less emulsion defects and better packaging quality, such as the movie backing paper. Infrared films are very attention-grabbing films to make use of. They document mild which we cant see, be it only a hair outside of the visible spectrum. No much less, if you're a fan of a purple filtered and wish to shoot landscapes, the effect of shooting in infrared is considerably stronger than a purple filter. There are some things that change though, like how sure materials reflect infrared and develop into white, including inexperienced foliage. Red filters with panchromatic emulsions would darken green leaves, but with IR film it becomes light or white. Rollei IR400, Retro 400s and Retro 80s are all tremendous-panchromatic films, and have seen infrared contamination when using purple filters. Foliage may even flip white. One other cool side of infrared film is that it might probably reduce through a surprising quantity of haze, which might result in considerably clearer distant textures in landscapes. See the example below. The film, like another current IR movie, needs a dedicated infra-crimson filter to ensure that it to record in that spectrum. These filters are both very darkish purple, or pitch black. Remember the fact that the infrared spectrum is fairly giant, and that IR films obtainable in the present day only file within the extended purple or close to-infrared vary, from 700nm to 820nm. This is in contrast to converted digital cameras, which may document far past that. Because of the needed dark and near black filters, taking pictures infra-red movie with a SLR design camera can become a cumbersome exercise, since it requires removing the filter for each new composition. This can be prevented with using rangefinder or twin lens reflex cameras, for the reason that filter can keep attached for focus and composition. I take advantage of the Heliopan 715 with this movie for infrared work. I find that my negs look best when the film is rated at ASA 12, with bracketing in the type of half stops of over publicity solely. Infrared mild will not be always consistent, so bracketing isnt essentially a cop out, however I would refrain from underexposing. The beneficial EI of 25 is simply not sufficient, even when utilizing highly compensating builders. The usable EI is three to 12, however obviously with matching growing occasions. Like most Rollei B&W movies, this one is a dream to load right into a creating reel. On scorching days, I normally put the exposed film in the fridge for an hour before I load it into my JOBO tank. This keeps the film base stiff, and it takes a little longer for it to change into sticky from rising humidity within the altering bag. Make sure you not shock the emulsion by immediately pouring water or developer in it after loading a chilled movie! This film has a clear PET film base. This implies, that it should be loaded in subdued mild in oder to stop light leaks. This is probably extra important for 35mm shooters than 120, since a hundred and twenty movie shooters need to do that with every film. Also, the anti-halation layer can also be there to cut back the chance of light leaks as nicely to forestall the blooming impact (aura) paying homage to the now discontinued EFKE IR820 Aura. Nonetheless, the ability of your digital camera to tightly wind a 120 roll is essential, since most mild piping I've seen is at the end of the a hundred and twenty roll. Personally, I prefer an IR film to have this anti-halation layer. I dont like the blooming effect like that of EFKE IR820 AURA. If you would like to impress the effect with Rollei IR400, overexpose the film but make certain to drag the film appropriately when growing. With regards to scanning, its a pleasure very similar to other PET based Rollei movies, such as Retro 400s, Retro 80s, Ortho, and so forth. 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 discover it hard to deal with the elevated contrast on account of clear PET, however I find its a blessing with my Imacon 343 scanner. Additionally, the film doesnt warp or curl a lot, which is one thing that annoys me usually with Kodak B&W movies. Having used this movie with Ilfotech HC, ID-11 (identical as D76), Perceptol, Rodinal, and Beutler, I can solely say I much favor the outcomes of Rodinal. Particularly the non compensating dilutions similar to 1:25. This may occasionally require extra pulling at instances, however I discover the tonality and transitions of darker tones stay neater this manner. Rodinal 1:50 is otherwise recommended as an amazing dilution, but I find results get a bit uneventful with 1:100. This is the same for Beutler, nevertheless, with a really unique grey look. Private tastes range, and its best to try these things out yourself. I had poor results with Ilfotech HC; poor grain texture, a typically poor tonality and very brief creating instances. ID-eleven had good results, however the grain didnt look good to me. While perceptively much less grain, it looked a bit more clumpy, and lacked the dense and positive construction seen in Rodinal. Perceptol was great. It produced low distinction pictures, with fine grain, however the event occasions have been very long, (23min at 20℃). Rodinal offers honest grain with none solvent properties, and thus far this has been my most well-liked look. From what Ive tried, its been one of the best developer for IR400, not only for its flexibility to control pictorial outcomes, but additionally how it keeps the film grain trying neat and dense. All in all, Rollei Infrared IR four hundred is a unbelievable movie. To be truthful, EFKEs infra-purple films had been great, and in some circumstances preferable over IR400. Sadly, its quality control points made it an unattractive and excessive danger film to use for special work, and in the end its discontinuation has made its availability very very slim and pricy. Rollei IR400 is a particular movie, but very like the opposite Rollei movies, its not a widely used film and therefore a poorly understood movie. Rollei films in the end have had poor reputations, since Maco has a historical past of artistic advertising statements and very poor creating suggestions. On prime of this, many individuals have a tendency to purchase a really small amount of movie for analysis purposes, after which write negative evaluations primarily based on their poor results. You cant review a film based off using two or 4 films, please! Particularly not when the manufacture has poor growing recommendations and misleading marketing information. Twenty rolls of movie ought to give you a great insight. On that word, if Rollei IR400 is simply too expensive, strive Rolleis other super-panchromatic movies, particularly Retro 80s, which I discover higher suited to infrared work than Retro 400s. The picture on the left was taken with Retro 80s and a 715nm filter. I believe this film doesnt age well. I've seen on two separate batches, that as they pass their expiry date, the extra base fog they develop, and the much less sensitive they turn out to be to IR. The bottom fog will increase and the carrier takes on a green/brown colour. Extra alarming is the decrease in sensitivity of a few stop or a bit more. I cant say for positive if this is a world drop in sensitivity or just IR, since most of my photographs with the expired inventory have been taken in infrared. Maco didnt elaborate on this either, and I do know that the emulsions werent this color earlier than expiry. Odd. Under are two strips of negatives (roll over to see unfavourable image). Left is new inventory expiring in two years time, and on the proper is previous stock that expired two years ago. The unfavorable on the suitable wanted a one stop push in developing for the same EI 6-12 publicity I often use, and most of the usable photographs were the EI6 photographs. I havent observed such behaviour with another movie yet.