The film i bought from Germany, based on the Aviphot Pan 80 Aerial film with it's extended red sensitivity (A red filter normally has a factor of 8x with panchromatic black & white films, but with Rollei Retro 80s only 3x)

Aviphot Pan 80 can be processed as a low contrast film for large-scale photography and as a high contrast film for high altitude civilian or military applications

Earlier I tried a couple 35mm rolls developed in "Spur HRX3 new" developer... but the results where really odd - not even close to the main character of this film. Instead i got coarse grain, lots of strange white dots. It reminded me of an ISO 800 film, not of an extreme sharp and fine grain film.

Well - i had my suspicions. I had developed the film in something called "Spur HRX3 new" - and although the company writes that it is gives excellent results together with the Rollei Retro 80s films... i can only this this: DON'T USE THAT COMBO.

See yourself - in a high resolution photo here below.

When i switched to Kodak X-TOL developer - what do you think what happened ? A beautiful, very sharp, extreme fine grain black & white film came out. No strange black micro dots (white points in the final picture). Instead a very clear beautiful working film. And suddenly it gets even more interesting, actually.

Due to the extended red sensitivity - it's like having a medium red filter on your camera when using black & white film, making the blue sky much darker, pronouncing white clouds, increased contrast, lighter skin tones and lips. At times in the studio - really interesting portraits come out, but you have to make some semi-dramatic lighting... think Film Noir, 1940s type of lighting style.

The photo of Daniel above, is made on Rollei Retro 80s, but developed with that strange "Spur HRX3 new" developer (which is a very good developer of most modern type, giving brilliant results when combined with T-MAX 400 II - but not for Rollei Retro 80s film. The latter get's screwed up totally)

since the photo is smaller now, you can't see the white dots, but there is a hint of the coarse grain visible. Normally, the Rollei Retro 80s is extreme fine in grain, barely visible.




The main use for this film, is for me with the Hasselblad XPan panorama camera, both daytime as well longtime exposures at night (which actually worked very well last night.

The results are good, and the reciprocity effect isn't severe - which means the difference between measures light level and the actually sensitivity of the film is good. It doesn't get that much less sensitive. And city lights are usually warm in color, which are favored by this film - because it is more red sensitive, and will serve you well when making long exposures at night.

I exposure it around E.I. 32-40, and develop it in Kodak Xtol 1+2 at 20°C. around 10 minutes. (it's better to strengthen the shadows with some extra exposure, and therefore it's better to expose Rollei Retro 80s around ISO 32-40, but take down the develop time a little, between 9-10 minutes XTol 1+2, 20°C). If you need more contrast, expose according ISO 50-64, and develop 11 minutes in XTol 1+2, 20°C.

And of course, when exposing at night, the film does have a Schwarzschild effect / Reciprocity Failure. I often double or triple the length of my exposure when my light meter says 10 seconds.

Anyway - this film is now DEFINITELY ON MY LIST :-)