Revolog Tesla 1 Film Review
I have always loved lightning so naturally when I saw a photo taken on Revolog Tesla film with lightning bolts etched into the film through a chemical process I had to order a roll. This particular roll was the Tesla 1 which produces blue/purple lightning bolts, there is also another version called the Tesla 2 which produces red lightning. I paid $12.50 for my first roll of 12 exposures (it is actually around $9 a roll if you buy it directly from Revolog) so I stored it away for ages before using until after they had sent me a pack of all of their specialty films aka the “All in One” pack for review.
This is a C-41 process film with an ASA/ISO of 200. I used it on a bright sunny day through my Canon Elan IIe and had it developed through Snapfish. I don’t think I have shot with a 200 ASA film any time in the last decade, I’m used to something a little faster, but on the amazing bright sunny spring day that I shot this roll it worked perfectly for me. The sticker on the film container suggested underexposing the film for more vibrant results, I did not underexpose the film and I thought that the results were still really vibrant. I had heard suggestions to not use this film for portrait work considering how unpredictable the location of the lightning would be, but I did it anyway and I’m really happy with the results that I got with this film.
Overall I LOVED this film, initially I thought 12 exposures was not going to be enough, but considering the dramatic results it produces it ended up being plenty. The only negative I saw with the film was that a couple images had a strange yellow mark that looked like crayon at the end of the lightning bolts, but it is hard to say if this was part of the film or the processing done in the lab. Considering Revolog is the only company I know of that carries 35mm film with the special effects like the Tesla (and the others that I have and cannot wait to try) I will definitely continue to shoot with their film. I love using toy cameras and my favorite thing about shooting analog is the unpredictable results and their film takes unpredictable results to a whole new level!
I will be posting more photos from this roll later on this week when I finish editing the digital photos of Kirsten (pictured). If you want to give a roll of Tesla 1 a shot, you can pick it up on the Revolog.net website!