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02-08-2009, 07:26 AM   #1
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Rollei Retro 100 - first pics

I've just developed my first rolls of Rollei Retro 100. Seems to be a classic film in the Tri-X mould. I processed the films in Rollei High Speed Developer - you get five rolls plus the developer in the cool Rollei wooden box (or ten rolls sans developer, which is actually great value despite the fancy packaging). Nice tone and grain, and no doubt a slower developer would give tighter grain structure still.

Incidentally, I was experimenting here with my newly acquired Agfa Rondinax daylight developing tank. I haven't used one of these since I was at school more than a quarter of a century ago. My verdict? It's a little beauty.

Anyway, here are some samples, all shot on the LX with various lenses. Comments welcome.

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looks really smooth w/o much grain ... at least from what i can deduce from these samples
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Isn't APX100 beautiful?
Rollei retro 100 is a rebranded version of it.

Try not to push it too much and you'll always get great tonality and sharpness.
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Some say that Rollei Retro 100 film is identical to Agfa APX100.
If so, it should look particularly nice developed in Rodinal.

I read that due to a thin film base 120 Rollei Retro 100 negatives wrinkle or curl quite a bit.
Is the same true of the 35mm film version?

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I read that due to a thin film base 120 Rollei Retro 100 negatives wrinkle or curl quite a bit.
Is the same true of the 35mm film version?

Chris
Yes, the film does curl quite a bit. May have some deleterious effect on the scanning, but if so I can't really see it.
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I'm loving that tone. Simply gorgeous. Seems to be a bit more solid than Neopan Acros.

Must find some down here. Wish me luck.
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Simply awesome.
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Thanks. The results are almost as much a testament to the capabilities of my little Konica Minolta ScanDual IV as they are to the film (although I love the film!). That's an underrated piece of kit if ever I saw one.

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Great pics! I love the look of this film.

This film has also been rebranded as Arista II, and as Silvertone. Both are the same great film as APX100 and Rollei, but priced for student use (i.e. cheap.) It's worth looking for. In Toronto, I have paid as little as $2 Canadian per roll, and as much as $3 per roll.
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QuoteOriginally posted by filmamigo Quote
Great pics! I love the look of this film.

This film has also been rebranded as Arista II, and as Silvertone. Both are the same great film as APX100 and Rollei, but priced for student use (i.e. cheap.) It's worth looking for. In Toronto, I have paid as little as $2 Canadian per roll, and as much as $3 per roll.
Can't seem to find this stuff anywhere Freestyle does not seem to have Arista II... any hints as to where I can get some?

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Can't seem to find this stuff anywhere Freestyle does not seem to have Arista II... any hints as to where I can get some?

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Actually Freestyle does have it. However, it comes as a kit. Check it out here. Not sure if that is helpful.

I've shot some Arista EDU but haven't developed it yet. It would be interesting to see how it compares.
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My photo class exclusively uses Arista films (mostly the Premium ones but we shot the last assignment on EDU 100). Does anyone know what the "real" names of these films are? I know that Premium 400 is apparently Tri-X...
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Arista.EDU is Fomapan by Foma (Czech film)

Legacy Pro is Fuji

Arista Premium is Kodak


It's easy to figure out which film is from which manufacturer by looking at the country of origin for the Freestyle-branded film!


I buy my Arista II and Silvertone off the shelf from a couple of camera stores in downtown TO. I haven't had to order it from Freestyle yet.... last I looked Freestyle had Arista II in single rolls for cheap, but now they only have the kit.
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Arista II is from Germany and supposed to be Agfa. seeing Agfa's gone, i wouldn't be surprised the supply of Arista II dried up.
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These shots are very nice. Very convincing tonality and seemingly a good latitude. I can't comment on the grain, as the images are too small, to really make that visible, but all in all it looks very much like Agfa APX100, on which the Retro is based. But the emulsion of the Retro films is of the APX NEW type, which affords different development times compared to the classic APX films.

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