Last week I partook in a film swap with a twitter friend who had never shot my favorite colour negative film” Fuji Reala ” so I sent him some in return for some of his film one of which was a roll of Rollei CR200 colour reversal film in 120 format.
I have never shot this film before so I was intrigued to find out how it looked so I loaded up my Fuji GW690iii and visited my favourite tree and shot away.
I returned home and processed the film as normal in the Tetenal E6 kit and when they emerged out of the tank they seemed ok at 1st glance when I hung them to dry.
The only difference in my procedure was that I left it to dry overnight so when I went to scan it I was really confused as the colours were totally wrong, I immediately thought that I had my scanner settings wrong but after a few attempts with different settings nothing changed much or got even worse.
I dug out my lightbox and had a look at the film which instead of having the usual black rebate/frame it was purple.
I double checked the box that it was actually a reversal film incase I had got it wrong and obviously it was.
So to cut a long story short I have absolutely no idea what went wrong here … it does appear a bit like Solarization but no light got to the film while I was developing so I can only assume that the roll of film has had a very varied storage life.
So here are the images …. any comments welcomed …
After my initial shock and disappointment I actually really like the look and would love to be able to replicate it 🙂
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4 thoughts on “Disaster or Happy accident? … 1st time shooting Rollei CR200”
Still love these shots. But so bizarre. Definitly a hapoy accident, in my opinion.
Very good. I think it works well in the shots where some of the ‘correct’ colour comes through, as in the third one.
CR200 can be unpredictable, but I’ve never quite seen anything like this. But I’d consider it a “Happy Accident” because the images are so interesting. Love the Camera! I just bought one of those GW690iii, taking it out to shoot this weekend.