Rollei Retro 80S - 120 Film

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Rollei Retro 80S  is an interesting black and white film that can be shot down to ISO 32 and up to 100 - so a very interesting medium format emulsion for situations that are guaranteed to be bright (sunlit holiday destinations or extreme studio set-ups).

Great detail and wonderful image quality, your photos will look fantastic.

 

Specification

Format: 120
Colour: B&W
Type: Negative
ISO: 80
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 80S 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 Retro 80S Film 120 B&W ISO 80 today and dive back into the fun of 120 film photography!

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Customer Reviews

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Peter Kay
Perfect for: Portraits, Landscapes, Street Photography, Architecture, Creative/Abstract, Travel
Sharing with the Film Community: Yes
Good but very contrasty

Red window compatibility very good which is handy because it was shot on a zeiss ikoflex tlr with a little red window. It was developed In id-11
I like this film but it was very contrasty. I plan on using it again and have a roll of 35mm waiting. The grain is fine and it develops nicely in id-11. I am not quite sure where it gets the "retro" tag from but purely as an identifier it partners the brilliant (and better imo) retro 400s very nicely. It is a lovely film. The sharpness is good and the grain is virtually invisible but I found the shadows to be very dark and highlights need protecting. I think, if you have a specific purpose in mind this film is superb, It is after all a little bit different, but as a daily film, there are others that give you more options

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Harvey Mills
Perfect for: Landscapes, Pinhole/Long-Exposure, Architecture, Low light/Night
Sharing with the Film Community: Yes
Accreditation Handles: https://harveymills.com
Great for Pinholes!

I normally use Rollei RPX25 for my medium format pinhole work but thought I'd give the Retro 80s a try. The stock performed well at box speed - fine grain, easy to work with and similar contrast to the ultra low iso of the RPX (which I still prefer but would definitely keep some of this in the fridge). I'd recommend it for long exposures in overcast conditions.

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Ian T
Perfect for: Portraits, Studio work
Sharing with the Film Community: Yes
Accreditation Handles: @ian_ctee
Not a great all-round film

tl;dr This film seems to work best on gloomy overcast flat-light days as it doesn't work very well with high contrast situations. This doesn't partner well with an ISO of 80 sadly. YMMV with lab development...

The data sheet states 8 minutes in HC-110 (B) but MDC has it at 5 minutes which is quite a difference. I bit the bullet and went for the MDC time as it's never let me down before. At least I got results! Downside is not really knowing whether it was dev error or a quirk of the film but the highlights have mostly gone. I had a couple of metering errors too which didn't help evaluate it.

As others have stated it's a very clean film with no visible grain to speak of and when the exposures were right, I really liked the look of it - especially for portraits. Very flat to scan too which is nice. Overall, 6/10.

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EB
Perfect for: Portraits, Studio work
Fine grain but nice contrast

Another great film from Rollei, the grain on this film is almost imperceptible, even zooming right in to scans. It's smooth as butter. So smooth some will probably complain... But for me the good thing is that the film manages to keep some contrast delisted the fine grain. I've used films before that lose some of that contrast along with the grain, and you end up with a flat image. Not with this film though, produces some great results.

Obviously you need a lot of light, but a good sunny day is enough. I would love the chance to take this into a studio, I think you could achieve some terrific results. It's on my list!

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Jim
Perfect for: Portraits, Landscapes, Architecture
Rollei Retro 80s

Great for portraits and architecture with a stunning fine grain! The slow speed kept me to just shooting in the daytime with lots of light but would love to try it out with some longer exposures or more challenging conditions. Will definitely be picking some more of this film up in the future!