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5 Frames with… #12: Rollei Retro 80S (EI 80 / 35mm) by Rob Davie

These five photographs were shot with 35mm Rollei Retro 80s film using a Canon FTb and Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens. Retro 80s is an unusual film in a couple of ways.

Firstly, it has an extended red range into the near infra-red. This changes the results in subtle and sometimes unexpected ways. If you use it with a red filter then you can get the effects that we usually associate with infra-red photography – weird shades of foliage, that sort of thing. If you use it just as you would any other film however, it’s a great slow speed film with something different about it. The last photograph in the mosaic below (Blocks) below highlights that otherness nicely I think.

Secondly, Retro 80s has an amazing tonal range and lovely contrast. As you can see from my examples below, it took ranges of 6 or 7 stops in its stride! Maintaining detail in shadows when there are a couple of really bright spots in frame is quite possible, admittedly through some pretty serious spot metering and thinking; that’s all part of the fun though!

These shots were all taken in and around York Minster. I am incredibly lucky to live just 10 minutes’ drive from the centre of York and am currently (slowly) working on a collection of black and white photos of and in the Minster to compile into a book or Zine.

Thanks for reading!

~ Rob Davie

 

 

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Rob Davie

Rob is a photographer and writer living in York, UK. He loves film and film cameras and wishes he had more time to get out and use them! Rob is currently working on his first book entitled "Nowhere To Go" investigating the feelings associated with depression through photographs and written pieces.

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