Rollei Retro 400S - 120 Film

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



Format: 120
Colour: B&W
Type: Negative
ISO: 400
Exposures: 12
Pack size: 1


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 Retro 400S 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

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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 120 B&W ISO 400 today and dive back into the fun of 120 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 12 reviews
Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Beginners, Landscapes, Street Photography, Architecture
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Accreditation Handles: Jonny Russell
Simply amazing film

Having wanted a film which sat at price point between foma/ilford and Kodak I decided to try the Rollei R400S. I loaded it in my Pentax 645, and developed it in Rodinal at 1:25. I was blown away by the results, the contrast was incredible, exactly how I like my photos to look, grain was perfectly acceptable, and the level of detail was exactly as I remembered the scene. For the price this film is exceptional and will certainly become on of my go to films

Leigh Reke
Perfect for: Portraits, Landscapes, Street Photography, Creative/Abstract, Studio work
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Not sure what emulsion is this

I love this film. A friend recommended it to me as a substitute to discountinued Agfa 120 film, but this is something much different than Agfa and it looks even more traditional - great, thick base, solid blacks, quite low sensitivity, traditional grain, everything makes this film a perfect choice for retroholics like me, but it's not for begginers - this film requires more precise exposure than regular 400 ISO films, don't forget to meter before every shot you shoot. In Rodinal it produces 200-like speed, which requires even more precise metering (or longer developement time if metered for highlight). I want to say it's a portrait film, but if you can master landscape with it, it definitely creates exceptional image.

Graeme Simpson
Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Beginners, Portraits, Landscapes, Street Photography, Pinhole/Long-Exposure, Architecture, Creative/Abstract, Travel, Studio work
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Punchy contrast

I’ve shots on 120 but wanted to try 35mm.

Just as good, still as punchy and lovely tones all the way through.

Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Beginners, Landscapes
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Accreditation Handles: _thatguybren_
My new favourite B&W film

My go to Black & White film is usually HP5, however this is my new favourite.

The grain is really fine for a 400 speed film, with lots of detail and great contrast. Really happy with how this has preformed in low light situations.

Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Beginners, Portraits, Landscapes, Street Photography, Travel
Excellent contrast

All the Rollei films I've tried are great. But Rollei Retro 400 really does have lovely contrast. Whereas some of the other Rolleis can sometimes lose the blacks if you haven't metered correctly, I find this a bit more forgiving.

It has excellent tonality across the range and not much grain. Lovely stuff.