Review – Duochrome Black & Red Film for 600 Cameras

Impossible Project Duochrome Black and Red Film

Since I am an Impossible Member, I sometimes get emails to try out some of their experimental film or film that is still in the early stages before it goes into mass production. I have  reviewed some of their other film in the past and you can check two of them out below:

Magenta Monochrome Film for 600 Cameras

Cyanograph Monochrome Film for SX-70 Cameras

I think both of those films were pretty great and they were a lot of fun to work with. The Impossible Project has made some other experimental films in between which I have regrettably missed out on, so I jumped at the chance to try this new film they are calling Duochrome Black & Red Film. They claim it is a similar formula as their regular black and white film, which is my favorite. I like it because it develops much more quickly than their color film and is much less sensitive to the elements, such as temperature and light.

I have used about a pack and a half of this film and I really do love it. I am still trying to figure out what I like to shoot best with it, but I am leaning more towards portraits with dark backgrounds. It really gives you an unexpected result, but still reminiscent of a black and white pic. I took most of these pics on a SX-70 SLR with a filter on it.

Impossible Project Duochrome Black and Red Film

Impossible Project Duochrome Black and Red Film

Impossible Project Duochrome Black and Red Film

I also took some photos in brighter situations with white back ground and outdoor photos, but I felt that it sometime was a little bit overexposed. It might have been based on my cameras settings, and i might have been able to even it out if I had opened up the light meter a little more.

 

I took a few group photos in a group setting and I felt that those came out pretty well too, though it did take me a little bit of tinkering with the camera settings to get the right shot. The first pic we took completely blew out our faces 🙁

MAGENTA 600 MONOCHROME FILM REVIEW

The second was a little better, though I somehow got a light leak in there. Impossible Project Duochrome Black and Red Film

And then the last one showed our faces well, but was then going in the opposite direction of getting too dark.

Impossible Project Duochrome Black and Red Film

I scanned all of these Polaroids in with my HP Scanner, but it gave them a little bit of a greenish hue on the black areas of the actual photo that I could not seem to get rid of. The Polaroids themselves are actually a true red and black so the scans don’t capture their true essence.

I still love the results that I have been getting, and I look forward to using the rest of the film that I have. I do think that this film is more sensitive to over exposure, and that is the main criticism I have. Hopefully people that have been using it like it enough that it becomes available for everybody that shops on The Impossible Project website. The only film that I could find of The Impossible Project monochrome and duochrome films was on Amazon. It is actually the Third Man Records Black and Yellow film, which looks really cool but I have yet to try it out. You can check it out by clicking on the picture below:

Specifications for the 600 Series Film(based on what I know):

  • 8 exposures per pack
  • Type: Duochrome Black & Red 600 Film
  • Format: 3.5 x 4.2 in (8.8 x 10.7 cm)
  • Image area: 3.1 x 3.1 in (7.9 x 7.9 cm)
  • Finish: Glossy
  • Battery: Built in, long lasting battery to power up the camera and flash

I hope that you enjoyed this tiny review and look at this new Impossible Project Film. Maybe I will buy some the Duochrome Black and Yellow film next. I mean the packaging itself looks amazing :p

Leave a Reply!