Hasselblad 55mm extension tube + Rollei Retro 400S

Hasselblad 500CM
Zeiss 120mm Makro Planar
55mm extension tube

Rollei Retro 400S
Ilford ID 11
13 min

One thing is me coming in here are share my thoughts about something in the most amateur way and another totally different thing is reading and learning from someone who knows what he’s talking about.

Mr. Martin Zimelka has an amazing database on Rollei films with his own recipes.
Please do take a look and bookmark it.

My thoughts at this point are… damn and double damn. The Rollei Retro 400s is a hard film. Contrasted, sharp and harsh. It may sound stupid but it reminds me of an HP5+ gone to the Dark Side. These are very early thoughts but the Retro 400s demands extra attention to exposure and correct light reading.

I’ve used the 55mm extension tube (without any exposure compensation) with TriX or Delta 400 and I always managed to get pretty good results. The Rollei gives very little room for mistakes and it’s not a very forgiving film.

I’m looking forward to use it again. It will slow me down and make me think more about the right way to approach a certain scene. I think Mr. Ansel Adams will be on my mind for the summer.

As for the 55mm extension tube, I don’t know how to say it in English but it is “bent” and that’s the cause for the light leak.


No exposure compension. Lens set to minimum focus distance.


1 stop exposure compensation.


1 stop exposure compensation.

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