35mm Film Test Review: AGFA Photo 200 Vista Plus
For this month, I tried AGFA Photo 200 Vista Plus. It is known to be one of the cheapest 35mm color negative film ($3.29 per 36 exposure roll on B&H). The effect of the film is similar to Kodak Gold but AGFA's red is way more saturated and has more visible green tint on the shadow areas. I prefer Kodak's quality on the skin more than AGFA's. However, for its cost, AGFA has a nice overall warmth to its color while it has slight vintage dullness with the grains. This film has really punchy red and orange color while green is slightly faded. There are some red halation on the highlights if the highlight is 2 or more stops over the exposure but not as common as Cine Still film 50D.
Why do you shoot film? Isn't shooting films costly? Some people say the film is dead. Even film companies stopped producing films or raised its value. For example, a year ago, Fujifilm has announced to discontinue FP-100C Polaroid-compatible film. It was a popular Polaroid among film photographers because of its quality, accuracy, and peel apart function. It had the traditional look of Polaroid film. Even my favorite AGFA Rollei Infrared 400 film was discontinued over the Fall of 2015. Seeing the diminishing number of films, I wondered what if the films that I am currently experimenting discontinue one day and disappear forever? Never knowing its quality, possibility, and beauty, I would regret not experimenting with different types of a film when I had the chance to. Therefore, even though the film is costly and dying, I don't regret shooting film.
- Nikon F3
- 50mm f/1.8
- Hoya HMC filter 52
- Flextight x5 Scanner
- Too red for the skin color
- faded green if the red is dominant in the frame
- Consistent color quality
- Punchy red color (if you desire it)
- Overall warmth
Overall I would use this film again if I want a punchy red in my image but wouldn't use it for a portrait shoot.