Experimenting with Rollei Superpan 200 (with bonus infrared)
Today we’ve decided to give you all a look at what kind of results you can expect from Rollei’s Superpan 200 black and white film in 120 format. Before we get started, you might want to check out the original review.
If you’re ready, let’s get started…
I’m never satisfied with shooting film at it’s box speed. I’m simply not happy until I’ve pushed, pulled, or cross processed a film stock and seen first hand what can (or can’t) be achieved.
Ultimately an aerial reference / reconnaissance film at heart, Rollei Superpan 200 supposedly handles haze, poor light and other adverse weather conditions with ease. So, it should yield some pretty pleasing results when pushed or pulled, right? Let’s take a look.
Pushing Rollei Superpan 200
I’ve so far only pushed this particular stock one stop. On both occasions I was incredibly please with the results. So far, both pushed rolls were shot on bright, sunny days with great light and opportunity to shoot lots of high contrast scenes. In fact, the many of the from the roll (featured below), have become my favourites for 2015 so far.
Even when pushed, this film retains so much detail and sharpness. You can click on the images to be taken to a larger version in the EMULSIVE archives. Let me know if you’d like to sample even larger scans. They’re really something special, especially the brick wall. At large sizes, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with a feeling of slow, deliberate movement. rather unsettling, if I’m being honest!
Infrared photography with Rollei Superpan 200
This film has an increased red sensitivity and is suitable for infrared photography. What does this mean? Well, if you have a deep red, or IR filter — something like an R72/ 720nm filter — you will be able to capture stunning images using the infrared spectrum.
IR photography allows you to use a filter (such as the R72) mentioned above, to block out the visible light spectrum and capture only IR light. The results can be breathtaking. Elements in your scene which reflect lots of infrared light will appear as white and those which don’t will appear as blacks.
We’ll be posting an in-depth infrared photography article sometime soon but in the meantime, a picture paints a thousand words.
As you see, there’s nothing too serious or well thought out to see here. Just a quick roll with some test shots to see how this film performs using only the IR spectrum. These shots were exposed at only three stops lower than box speed – ISO 25 on an ISO200 film.
Whilst the IR effect is deep in places, I speculate that shooting this film at ISO12 or even ISO6 will yield better results. Stay tuned for a future update.
Cross processing Rollei Superpan 200
Yes, you’ve not gone mad. You can cross process this film stock as a black and white slide film in Agfa Scala, DR5, or custom black and white reversal chemistry. I don’t have any results to share with you at the moment but watch this space for an update soon.
We’re all done for the moment. I’ll be posting the results of a two and maybe three stop push very soon. Watch this space. In the meantime, you may review the images linked in this article, or view the Rollei Superpan 200 datasheet using the links below.
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