Rollei Infrared - 35mm Film
The optimum creative tool, this 35mm film can be shot in two different ways. First - as a straight black and white film ISO 400, with a slight ghostly result due to the infrared sensitivity. Alternatively you pair it with a deep red filter to disproportionately focus on the IR spectrum! Trees will be bright white, people will glow, the sky will be dark black, and you will be rewarded with some of the most dramatic images straight out of the camera. Note that this will increase the necessary exposure significantly (it will respond at sensitivity of ~ISO 12-25)
To understand more about the details above you can check out our film guide or if you want some inspiration then head over to our page on choosing your next film. And if you want the full details about the film, including technical information, read about Rollei Infrared over on EMULSIVE.
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
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 Infrared Film 35mm Infrared ISO 400 today and dive back into the fun of 35mm film photography!
I bought this some time ago but have avoided shooting it until today because, frankly, I was a little worried about getting it wrong! But, finally, it got loaded into my faithful old Chinon CE5 (the camera I'm most familiar with so least likely to mess up with) and set off armed with a 28mm f2.8 lens, a light meter, a normal red filter, and a 720nm opaque IR filter.
The instructions say to expose as 400ASA unfiltered or 25ASA with an IR filter but said nothing about normal reds. So I started off guessing at 100ASA for that but soon discovered that the TTL metering, with the camera set to the base 400ASA, seemed to be agreeing with the hand-held set to the "filtered" speeds so I just trusted the TTL for the rest of the roll - really couldn't have been easier!
The biggest problem was framing and focusing with the IR filter. First, you can't see through it, and, second, especially on close shots, there can be a significant difference between visible and IR focus.
Very happy indeed with most of the results, with both the IR and the red filters!
In the attached images, the two similar shots of the boat are red-filtered and IR filtered, it's hopefully clear which is which! The gate is red filtered, and you can already see some lightening of the foliage creeping in. The others are IR filtered.
Developed for 7.5 minutes in Rodinal 1:25 and scanned @ 1440dpi.
Just run my first film through my F801 and I am quite pleased so far. I processed on Rodinal 1:25 for 9 mins, my usual first try with a new film but I think the Massive Development Chart's recommendation s probably spot on, i.e. 1:50 for 12 minutes. That will be next. Otherwise, as compared to using th e720nm filter on digital, a much stronger effect is acheived. Rated at ISO25 exposure seems to be OK.
Never shot infrared before, but I actually quite enjoyed this film. It's most effective with a red filter, so I would recommend getting one if using this film. I can't say I like what it does for portraits but it's good for landscapes and architecture in my opinion.
Good quality infrared film that can be processed as standard black & white but will let you see a different side of your images. Works best with a red filter and turning down the ISO (film is rated to 400, turn down to 25). It takes some experimenting to get good images but its worth it.
I didn't even know they still made IR film, and after years of being bummed that IR digital seemed so elusive for me (and disappointing when I used it), I decided to finally give the film stuff a go. I developed mine in HC-110 and loved it. Then I got the idea to do tri-chromatic photos with it ... filtering 3 different shots to combine into a color photo via PS. Kinda like reviving Aerochrome. My process is on a YouTube video if you want to search for my name and infrared. Anyway, I've included one B&W shot, and one trichrome. Still need to try this with 120 and 4x5!