I was given a couple of complimentary rolls to test by AG Photographic in the UK. I am mainly a 120/5x4 shooter so am eagerly awaiting it in 120.
This entire story smells like something went wrong during exposure time. It sounds like the film was underexposed by two stops. The only way for that to happen, except user error, is if the film is actually a 100 ISO film wrongly packaged as as the 400 ISO variant in a 400 ISO canister.
Originally Posted by seafoto
Now that is unlikely too, although manufacturers do screw up once in a while. However, to be sure, could you verify your exposure times next time, and make absolutely sure you are exposing for 400 ISO. In addition, you may wish to have your HP5 run along doing exactly the same exposures at the same F stop / time settings. In addition, shoot one of your supposed Rollei Retro 400 films at 100 ISO setting. If it turns out good after development, I guess you have definite proof you have a wrongly packaged ISO 100 film.
rphenning, I too stumbled around for years getting what I thought were ok results until I decided I would try calibrating as described by many photographers far more knowledgeable than me, Ansel Adams to name but one. It is time consuming and sometimes tedious, but well worth the effort in my opinion. Manufacturers data is a starting point, that's all. Some manufacturers are better than others in this regard and one can be relatively close.
We were finally sent some film to test RPX100 & 400. The initial word was this film was not happening. The situation seems to have changed. We have tested it in dr5 but not yet in our neg-line. It is not like any other film in our current line-up. http://www.dr5.com/blackandwhiteslide/rpx100.html http://www.dr5.com/blackandwhiteslide/rpx400.html
Some good news that these films come in 35mm and 120. I'm particularly interested in the RPX100 in 120 with the recent withdraw of Plus-X for medium speed medium format fans.
Originally Posted by dr5chrome
As for availability in the US, I hope this is a turn in a positive direction.