Dear 2F / 2F,
we have a lot of these customers. Not only in Japan.
But in Japan is the "lomo art technique" very, very popular. This may be a reason for the demand.
At moment this users are ordering endless quantities of color negative 400/27° films ex our stock.
A product of the Maco Surveillance Business Divison: Maco TSC EAGLE. art no. TCS4030.
T stands for traffic.
S stands for surveillance.
C stands for color negative.
40 stands for 400/27°.
30 stands for 30,5 meter lenght (100 feet).
The price for one single roll 135-36 self made out of the bulk filmbox may be a little bit more than 3 Dollar.
This Maco standard films are winded on a spool.
For our b&w bulk films we are normally the Ilford AA standard core.
I understand...but don't ever call it the "lomo art technique". Pointing your holga at some power lines is not lomo, art, or a technique.
Dear 2F / 2F,
today, was an image example recorded, where I also have scanned the film-signature, so it is visible for everyone:
Here this is the original film.
Yesterday, easily captured with a camera that does not cost USD 17 (in Euro 11,90), and developed overnight.
I am new here in the APUG forum.
Thank you for the nice welcome.
In the future, I will post about more products from our product range here, and I am looking forward to hear from the expert comments.
It's not drama; is is extreme sarcasm, and IMO, what is going on here deserves abuse. Plain and simple. WHO are these people running this company and making these decisions? They need to be abused!
As I said before, at least Redbird is just a convenience, while Crossbird is designed to lie.
...but BULK ROLLS of a film that is just a film rolled backward? People really really need help.
Knock yourself out...but you should really rethink releasing Crossbird, as it is totally unethical. There is more to business than simply selling anything you think can earn you a profit.
Therefore it is absolutely wrong to say the people at Rollei-Film are liars.
For those who are interested, here are pictures with Rollei Redbird:
A lot of apuggers seem to have a problem with Lomography, low fidelity photography, toy camera photography, experimental photography or whatever you will call these style(s) of analog photography.
They define themselves as "fine art photographers" and have a sometimes arrogant or snobbish look at those photographers who are going a different way.
I don't do low fidelity photography by myself. But I respect everyone who likes to do it.
And very very important: The low fidelity photographers are supporting us "classic photographers". Meanwhile there are more than 1,5 millions photograhers doing these new styles worldwide. They are buying millions of films and keep the production lines running.
Without these photographers we would have lost much more films.
Furthermore the Holga company,the Lomographic Society and some other companies in that area do active promotion for using film as photographic medium, as an alternative to digital capture.
And they give workshops worldwide for young photographers. Lots of young photographers have discovered film in this digital age by the lomography / low-fi movement.
There is indeed good reason to be thankful that this movement and these companies are deeply committed to film and very active.
You may have a look at this photographer explaining these styles quite good:
I think it would be appropriate to explain up-front that the film might contaminate a C-41 process, especially if a lot of film runs through. I used to work at a pro lab, and the continuous testing and calibration of the various processes was painstaking, and I remember every time some cross processing came in there would be frowning faces among those that operated film processing.
Cross processing is cool. We have all seen the work of JD Callow on this web site, for instance. His X-processed images are just phenomenal, and the creative possibilities are exciting to say the least.
It's cool that Rollei has come out with these films, probably to satisfy the lo-fi types of photographers. But it would have been even cooler if there was a disclaimer about the cross processing. You may also want to invest some time in recommending to process these at home with a C-41 processing kit. They work quite well, are fairly inexpensive, and are a lot easier to do than most people imagine.
Labeling my and Ian Grant's anger as an anti-lomographic, snobby, fine art attitude is way off base. You know nothing about my attitudes toward photography of any kind. This anger has nothing to do with the intended uses of the film. Attempting to represent valid ethical complaints against a corporation as a supposed attack on lomography itself is vile and absurd. I am attacking the activities of a corporation, not a form/style of art.
Is labeling an E-6 film as a C-41 film with the sole purpose of pulling one over on minilabs not a lie? It is, plain and simple. A harmless lie for the labs' chemistry, but a lie nonetheless. The only difference between the film and CR 200 is that the label is a lie (and perhaps the all-important edge markings that allow Japanese photographers to be "individual"). Therefore, my use of the word lie is totally appropriate.
So, I shall make the points again, briefly, just to be extra clear (will try to be a bit more "mild" this time :D):
1. Rollei Redbird is a convenience, and not unethical. Silly perhaps, but I see no harm in it.
2. Rollei Crossbird is designed to dupe mini labs, therefore I feel it is unethical and should be pulled. This is lying.
3. Rollei Redbird in bulk rolls seems incredibly nonsensical to me. (If anything, it is those Japanese people requesting it who are caught up in the pretentious world of supposed fine art photography.) No harm in it; just incredibly silly.
4. Someone's all-right's-reserved image was used without their permission by Maco Direct to promote the Redbird. This is thievery.
5. The image in question was passed off as being made on Redbird, when it was not. This is lying.