Can anyone say what does a name like "digibase" mean in the context of film?
It means just that Rollei is a bullshit company. It's their "marketing", just like "clear base" (when all other films have also a clear base), "good for scanning" (when the film is worse for scanning, too) etc. etc.
Originally Posted by snowblind
I think their "digibase" probably means just PET base. Their marketing made it sound like a new innovation. I remember they and their dealers screaming all around "A NEW GROUNDBREAKING SYNTHETIC BASE".
AgX, yes I know that there are/were maskless CN films for special purposes from major manufacturers also. Kodak also had some ECN-2 maskless cine film for video productions. However, the idea is, like you say, that the masking is done elsewhere. It can be done digitally, but NO consumer scanner or image manipulation program can do it. Selling maskless film as a some new "easy-to-scan" innovation is just a marketing rip-off. Just like the crossbirds and redbirds, come on lol .
When I said the masking effect is done in processing I meant the standard C-41 processing, where with these maskless CN films the correction for mal-absobtion of the image-forming dyes is achieved.
It was not about post-processing.
The Rollei designation Digibase is chosen because both of their films have no mask (not surprising with their E-6 film...) which should facilitate scanning of D-max.
At least I guess so for the designation; but who knows.
Thanks very much for the response.
Originally Posted by AgX
Originally Posted by GinaMaree
Agfa-Gevaert Aviphot Chrome 200 = original Agfa RSXII emulsion coated on PET base = Rollei Digibase CR200 = Rollei Crossbird (available in 127 format = SuperSlide) = Lomography X Pro slide 200.
No secrets, because this was several times said in official statements by Maco Photo Products.
And if you use these films you will see identical results.
The right film if you like the Agfa colors (I prefer Astia 100F pushed one stop if I need 200 speed, best quality in this speed class, or Provia 400X if I need even more speed, also excellent pushed one or two stops).
The most interesting detail with this news is, why the LSI is introducing a 120 slide film:
Because they see significantly rising demand for slide film. That is the reason why they invest in a house brand slide film. I have talked to them at last Photokina, and recently in their new German gallery store. Their Lomo house brand slide film is a great success, increasing sales 10-20% p.a., other slide films being in higher demand as well. Slide film is very popular among the lomographers.
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