Review: Tesla 2

After much personal anticipation I’m able to present a short review on Revelog Tesla 2 special effects film.  I don’t know much about the company other than they produce eight films with wild effects and plan on expanding their range.  So far all available film is in a 35mm format(C41 process).  Personally I would love to see some 120 or even some black and white.  I assume they’re a German company because of the German language option on their website(8/10/2011 10:30a.m CST: just notified by Revolog that they are located in Vienna, Austria).  The first film I wanted to try was the Tesla 2 which exhibits random red lightning across the film.  I purchased my film from the Four Corner Store.  I’ve purchased a number of toy cameras there and always been very happy.  The only real downer is that the film costs 12 bucks for 12 shots.  After shipping fees my roll cost nearly twenty bucks.  Ouch!  I loaded my only roll into one of the crappiest cameras I own and got started.  Just as background I should tell you I really love to shoot but don’t often have the time to make extravagant trips to exotic locations.  I end up doing a lot of shooting on the way to and from work or  dropping the kids off at daycare.  The good news here is that I think this film is perfectly suited for this kind of day to day nonsense shooting.  Here’s my example.  While driving to work I spotted a typical suburban scene.  A junky car covered partially buy a green tarp and knew the Tesla 2 would breathe some life into this otherwise mundane scene.  Feel free to click on any of these images for a larger view.

The lightning is completely random so I got lucky with the strike on the flat tire and trunk.  When I arrived at work some co-workers were checking out the latest 3D video technology and I knew the way these guys were lookin’ that I had too immortalize the moment.  On a somewhat unrelated side note I have to wonder, is this what the future really holds for human kind?  I hope not.

I feel really good about this last one.  It’s not often you get to capture images of your co-workers looking like such tools.  So far I’m having a great time with this film and have completely forgotten about the ridiculous price I paid for it.  Enough with the narrative.  I’ll post some more images so you can draw your own conclusions.  The bottom line for me is that I’ll definitely be buying more Revolog.  It’s not practical or cheap but it’s fun.  Other than the things I mentioned previously I would like to see the availability of 24 exposure rolls for the same cost as the 12.  If you into film or need a break from digi pick some up and try it.  You’ll probably like it.  Full disclosure: I scanned some of these backwards and was to lazy to fix them.  Sorry.

  1. August 15, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    I need some of this stuff. You got so lucky with the strikes on the car. Looks intentional. Really digging all the photos though.

    Billy.

  2. November 2, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    You have a cool blog Alan Wheeler. I’ll be coming back again again in the near future.

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