Experience Reports Photography

Rollei RPX 100 and Svema Foto 200

NOTE: I’ll begin this experience report with a brief disclaimer. It’s been less than three years since I returned to shooting 35mm film after switching to digital photography over 20 years ago. I’ve inundated myself with as much film education as possible between web articles and advice from experienced film shooters. But, since my prior experience with film is decades old, this review is from a rather novice point of view.

This afternoon I got a notification from The Darkroom that my rolls of Rollei RPX 100 and Svema Foto 200 35mm film had been processed and scanned.

man facing camera through a window

"RV" | January 2021 | Minolta XD-11 | MD ROKKOR-X 45mm F2 | Rollei RPX 100

The 36 exposure roll of Rollei RPX 100 was exposed between January 2021 and February 2021. The subject matter is uninteresting. This was my first time shooting a roll of Rollei RPX 100. The images above and below are among the best frames from the roll and my two favourites. The remaining frames were either badly exposed or the subject matter was uninteresting.


March 2021 | Minolta XD-11 | MD ROKKOR-X 45mm F2 | Svema Foto 200

The Rollei RPX 100 scans do not appear to have a lot of contrast, but I love how the whites are rendered.

The 24-exposure roll of Svema Foto 200 was exposed between March and April 2021. Unfortunately, I forgot the roll was still in the camera. A few weeks ago, when I opened the back of my Minolta XD-11 to load a cartridge of Vision 250D, I exposed the roll. Ugh! There were far fewer keepers than with the registration of Rollei RPX 100.

Fujifilm X-T2

MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2 adapted to Fuji X-T2 | March 2021 | Minolta XD-11 | MD ROKKOR-X 45mm F2 | Svema Foto 200

The Svema Foto 200 appears to have more contrast than the Rollei RPX 100, but I’m not happy with the result from these 35 B&W film stock.

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