Rollei Retro 400S - 35mm Film

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Note that some of our rolls are being sold without boxes. These films are still fresh and come in the secure plastic canister.

A reliable and good-looking black and white 35mm film, this emulsion will suit most shooting situations and consistently deliver images with great detail quality and retro look.



Format: 35mm
Colour: B&W
Type: Negative
ISO: 400
Exposures: 36
Pack size: 1


For full technical details please download the data sheet.


As a company Rollei is most famous for it's cameras - particularly the iconic twin-lens Rolleiflex - but this German-based company founded in 1920 has also had a long history of making B&W films. Unfortunately the parent company didn't survive the digital revolution of the 90s/00s but the brand survives today under licence to AgfaPhoto - who continue to support emulsions old and new.

For more information about the brand check out our bio of Rollei

Sample shots (c) Trojan_Llama


Where we ship

When you buy your camera film from us we can ship it across the UK, Europe, USA, New Zealand, Australia and Canada (more countries planned soon!) So buy your Rollei Retro 400S Film 35mm B&W ISO 400 today and dive back into the fun of 35mm film photography!

The Analogue WonderLab

When you’ve shot your roll of film and are looking to get it developed and scanned, then look no further than the Analogue WonderLab!

We can process your film for you, scan it at the resolution you need, and email back the files quickly and securely.

We offer FREE tracked shipping to our lab so that you can send us your negatives with total peace of mind. And our lab team are all passionate film shooters themselves, so you know that your film will get the best possible treatment!

Head to the WonderLab page here to read more details, or add the bundled developing above when you purchase your film.

Please note that our long-term aim is to offer developing for every film that we sell, but this is a work-in-progress. For full details and FAQs please head here

How Does the Bundled Developing Work?

To make your analogue adventures even easier (and cheaper!) we’ve implemented the option to pre-pay for your processing when you buy your film. This means that you choose your developing and scanning options on this page, via the little tick-box above, and add everything to basket for an immediate 10% saving on all processing costs.

Your film will be dispatched in line with our usual shipping times (full details here) and you will also get an email with instructions on sending the film back to the WonderLab (with tracked shipping - on us!)

When you have shot the film - whether that takes you a day, month or year - you generate the free tracked postage label by following the simple instructions from the email, and pop it in the post with a note of your original order number. We’ll do the rest!

So buy the bundle and relax into the shooting process, knowing that you’ll get to see the final results from your photography, without having to reach for your wallet again.

Happy Shooting!

We send all parcels via TRACKED service - free in the UK for orders of film over £50.

This means that when you buy your film from us you will be emailed a tracking link at dispatch, and will be able to follow your parcel’s journey all the way to safe arrival.

Please note that it is not a signed service so you won’t need to be at home to receive your film, and our letterbox-friendly boxes fit through the vast majority of European letterboxes!

You will have different shipping options and costs at checkout, depending on how quickly you need your film. Please refer to the Delivery Details page for full information

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Customer Reviews

Based on 22 reviews
adrian jones
Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Beginners, Landscapes, Travel
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Great Contrast, Flexibility and well priced.

I have been really impressed with Rollei Retro 400s 120 in my Mamiya 645 1000s. I think the first surprise was when i tipped the developer out in the sink, it was a dark brown colour but fear not this is normal.The film was processed in Hydrofen with directions from the massive dev chart. It dried without much curl to the film and there a good range of contrast on the negative. I used silverfast to scan but there was no profile to select from the menu for this film. I was really impressed with all of the tones of the negatives and both shadows and highlights this gives you some adjustment headroom lightroom if you find you have haven't been that accurate with your exposure. The grain is there and looks great but it never tries to take over the picture more of a gentle reminder you are still shooting on film.It is well priced and will probably become my go to film for most situations where i will use black and white film.

Richard walker
Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Beginners, Portraits, Landscapes, Street Photography, Architecture, Creative/Abstract, Travel, Studio work, Low light/Night
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Best contrast 400

I love this stuff it's got great contrast and very little grain I've used it everywhere form a sunny beach to a badly lit studio
Only bad thing is it's thin and bit off a pain to get on Patterson reels

Kevin Isaac
Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Beginners, Landscapes, Street Photography, Architecture, Low light/Night
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The right film for the job.

The job in this case, is shooting ice hockey in my local rink.

Tried various other B&W films from several manufacturers, however the Retro 400S was a stand out winner for me, even when considering it is the first time I have ever used it.
The negatives alone looked clear and sharp long before getting a loupe onto them and then hitting the scanner. Sample images below have had the highs & lows tweaked very slightly, along with a crop.
Shooting conditions were not ideal, notionally daylight balanced LED lights (in reality a mixed bag of colours, from cool white to a slightly warmer white), and through scuffed, scratched and gouged plexi glass, even so, the grain was minimal shooting at box speed and fine enough to be able to pick out the shape of the safety netting above the glass in some shots.
It has a fairly good tonal range and handles the brightly lit & reflecting ice well, along with the darker seating areas. Going beyond the rink I'd like to think this film would be suitable for landscape & urban shooting, areas which I'll be shooting it sooner rather than later, maybe at 200 or 320 to see how it responds.

Shot with a Nikon F4S with 70-200 f2.8 Sigma, and taking into consideration my slap-dash development in R09 (1+25) for 10.5 minutes and minimal processing on scanning, it has given me much better images than I'd have hoped for.

The makings of a great all-rounder for me, with nothing that would trip you up in terms of usage, a decent film to take wherever you go.

Michael Brooks
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Bit of a blank page!

Neither of the two rolls I purchased produced any usable images as both where completely under exposed! Having the first roll fail in my Nikon F80 I tried the second in my Nikon F601 with exactly the same result! Previous and post rolls of various film types both black and white and colour have all been fine in both cameras. In fact I also purchased a roll of KIRO 400 at the same time which I tested in the F80 after the Rollei RETRO and this film processed fine. I do not develop my own films but use a reputable lab that does and in fact specifies that they cover Rollei film as well as the normal Ilford etc
A troll of the internet did find that others have had similar problems with this film in the past.

Added is a scanned examples of developed films strips - Agfa APX 100, Rollei RETRO 400, Kiro 400 from the Nikon F80

Perfect for: Landscapes, Street Photography, Creative/Abstract
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Nice film

Gives rather high contast images which can work well given the right subject. Box speed is a tad optimistic; and it can get quite grainy if exposure isn't right.