DIY Redscale.

The easiest way to redscale a 35mm film also requires you to waste a full roll.

Luckily I had one from when my Meikai Mango camera popped open with a full roll inside. Damn £3 eBay purchase.

Firstly, pull out all the film from the roll you don’t mind wasting.

Then cut it off, leaving about an inch still attached to the actual canister.

Get the film that you want to redscale and tape the end of film hanging out onto the inch of film that’s hanging out of the canister you cut earlier, but flip the film over first as the main aim is to have a film that is flipped over inside the canister.



Take the two canisters that are now attached by the taped together film into somewhere dark (I normally just put my hands under a blanket in my bedroom).

Start winding your empty film canister so the film from the full canister is wound into the empty one. This has to be done in complete dark or your film will be exposed.

Once all your film is wound into the canister that started emptyyou can cut it off from the canister that is now empty. Don’t forget to leave an inch of film still attached to the now empty canister as you can use this for your next redscale film, without having to waste another roll of film.

One thing to remember when shooting with redscale film is that it needs a hell of a lot of light. Most of the photos I took with my first roll came out too dark but there were a few that turned out ok.





4 responses to “DIY Redscale.

  1. Vincent Black Shadow

    Where are you getting all these developed? i have around 6 winders that need doing including ones from them old abandoned building that we painted that used to be near hendon hof….. the oldest one could be around 9 years old! they have been kept in the dark, do you think the film will still be of a good standard?

    Some of the stuff on them could be pure GOLD….. early dash style maybe even cujo classic’s

    • I get them done at Boots in the bridges. It’s about £6 for the 1 hour service but cheaper for 24 hour. I always get them put on cd for an extra 2 quid so I can put them on the computer too. You can scan your own photos onto cd in there too. It’s 2 quid for up to 500 photos on one disc.

      • Vincent Black Shadow

        cheers….. I am going to get the 6 of them done…. might try sainsburys, if i recall that used to be quite cheap! and if they have turned to dust i will just refuse to pay haha…… could be some hidden gems within these 6 winders….. defo stuff from me and you down hendon off years ago!

      • I’m going to get mine done tomorrow like so we could meet up. What time you going?

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