Name: Rollei Vario Chrome
Film type: Positive Slide
Character: High saturation with warm tone
Vintage feel and Warm tone
Rollei Vario Chrome is a daylight highspeed colour reversal film with good sharpness. The warmth produced from the film depends on the environment that you use, the brighter the sun is, the warmer the picture will be. Besides, I discovered that it is quite similar to its brother, Rollei CR200 slide film. Except that CR200 tends to be more attracted to green or blue colour. Rollei Vario Chrome tends to be more sensitive to yellow and orange colour. Also, it has strong orange cast in it and Vario tends to has a more vintage looking.
All of the sample images was taken on a dazzling day.
Quite special when you look at it again and again
At first, I was attracted by its fancy packaging and the beautiful film cassette. After the film was developed at my local lab. I was shocked looking at the slides, even Mike, the owner from Colourluxe lab also has his jaw dropped. Both of us were thinking why is it so warm? Few days later when I look at it again and again, I think it is quite special and distinguished from my other images.
Which ISO speed to shoot at? 200? 320? 400?
The box speed is at ISO320. But offical website mentioned that the ISO speed is ranging from 200 to 400. The concept is that if you use it at ISO200, it will be slightly overexposed and achieve with lower saturation. At ISO400, the image will be slightly underexposed. So you can follow this rule to set the ISO to determine what kind of images result you would like to have. In my opinion, I like it at ISO400, exposure is similar to other positive slide film.
200 – 320 ISO: Lower saturation (preferable for scanning applications)
320 – 400 ISO: Higher saturation (preferable for slide projection)
Source from macodirect
What lenses did I use to take the images?
Leica Summicron 35mm f2 IV pre-asph