Rollei Retro 400S 120 film is 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.
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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.
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This is an ace film, but very contrasty. So check your metering - the blacks can be very black!
I've always found it gives a softened edge to contrasty areas which at first looks like a lack of definition, but on closer look you can still see lots of detail. But overall it's got quite a nice feel to it.
I recently went to stay with my great friend, Jim Graves, for my birthday weekend, and we shot a fair amount of film over a few days. I started this roll of Retro 400s on Saturday in Liverpool, and finished it the following afternoon in Buxton, Derbyshire.
I shot it in my Mamiyaflex C2 TLR, and the results speak for themselves, though I would add that I tend to go with a very slight over exposure with this film..a quarter to half a stop usually works well for me. I developed it in Rodinal 1+50 for 22 mins (minimal agitation) at 20°c.
If you've not tried Retro 400s, why not give it a try?...it's formulated to cut through the haze of summer, and it really does!
I've not shot a great deal of this film, but from what I can see it prefers good light rather than the more challenging, lower light situations. I've got a couple more rolls to work with, but I'll probably wait until we have a brighter day.
I've seen this film used to great effect in silhouette, street and arty geometric shots, but it totally crushes the shadows and is really contrasty. It gives a dark, almost foreboding and menacing feel to the images. It happened to be the roll inside my Pentax when I bought it, so I thought I'd try it for a wedding - won't be doing that again - it just looked totally wrong. It was extremely difficult to develop as well - the compromise was made to retain the highlights and fortunately I was able to rescue some of the shadow detail in Lightroom - sample images to show before and after.
I tried this film as an alternative to HP5 - wow, what a difference. I just love the fine grain, good tone range and overall feel. The accompanying shots were developed in good old Rodinal and scanned at 1200dpi.