Testing AGFA Vista Plus 200
It is official. The beautiful films AGFA Vista Plus 200 and AGFA Vista Plus 400 were discontinued. What a shame.
I am really sad. I have seen quite a lot of reviews and videos on Agfa Vista Plus 400 (for example here) and I was curious how this film works. I have bought some rolls and - in fear of the fact that the films are maybe the last ones - I put some of them into the freezer. I took also some Agfa Vista Plus 200, which I want to report about now, but not many. Bought at the beginning of this year, the expiration date was set on October 2019! So? Tick... tock...
The story of discontinuing was confirmed here or here. You can read everywhere that this was a favourite film for amateurs and students. The price was (still is) really low and results were (are) pleasing. Is it a stupid and wrong decision when the analog photography is growing in popularity nowadays? I don't know, I am just sorry for another loss. Less films means less diversity.
You should definitely buy this film (or Agfa Vista with ISO 400). This is probably a last chance.
Anyway, one weekend we decided to go on a trip, in particular, to the Vltava river basin area near Štěchovice and Davle. I wanted to try something new. I had shooted Agfa Vista Plus 400 before (some review will come early!) so I took "200" with me. And my Olympus OM-1n (50 mm/1.8 Zuiko lens).
"So much wow indeed" I was going to say to my girlfriend when I was looking at the results. You can look at them too. No filtres, no post-process.
The colours are little bit shifted, the grain is perfect. The foggy atmosphere with "autumn" colours (brown and green) match marvelously, red details are nice and yellow seems slightly muted.
However, concerning the portraits, grain is more than fine, but I would not recommend this film if you want to take only photos of people and their skin and face details. I think the colours are not exactly natural and sometimes the people look more pale than they really are. They can look as they has a hepatitis or different kind of disease. But you can use it on purpose for some special effect or impression.
I am very happy I have still some supplies of Agfa Vista because this film is despite its price absolutely amazing. I can only recommend it. Find a store with the last pieces and do not hesitate. Thank me later.