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AgfaPhoto Vista Plus 400

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Name: AgfaPhoto Vista Plus

ISO: 400

Film type: Colour Negative

Character: Sensitive to red colour, saturation is high

 

Brief Summary

ISO 400 is the perfect box speed to shoot under different conditions. Since my beloved Kodak Super Gold 400 has already been discontinued. I need to find a replacement for it. I tried Kodak Portra 400 but we didn’t really work out. I always have the impression that the Agfa Vista 400 is cheap with low quality reflected on its price tag. But I was totally wrong to have this impression to it. Why? Let me explain with the follow points.

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Sharp colour and fair sharpness

“RED” is the first impression of Agfa Vista, at the same time it is the signature. It has great skin tone reproduction which I am quite surprised. I love how it can enhance my presentation on street snaps. When I do photo walk in Hong Kong, I always wanted to bring up colour as one of the key matter in my content. Agfa Vista 400 helps me a lot with bringing up the sharp colour rendering. Also, it is great to use under different weather as other film cannot really bring up the right mood when the weather is bad. And normally I will just shoot with black and white film immediately when I knew it is going to rain on that day. Frankly speaking, I like it more than X-tra 400 or Superia Premium 400 because it doesn’t has the Fuji green tint. I like it presented in warmer tone like the Kodak film and it is cheap in price. Sharpness is fair, not so sharp compare with Kodak Portra 400 but you couldn’t ask for more with such price.

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Grain

Even though they stated it has fine-grain structure on their website. But I think their grain formation is a bit coarse. When you compare other film with ISO400. Agfa’s grain is less appealing. I find Fujifilm Superia Premium 400 and Portra 400 are much better in grain structure with more consistent and smooth grain particles.

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Why do I prefer Agfa Vista 400 than Kodak Portra 400, Fujifilm Superia Premium 400 and X-tra 400?

Based on my experience of using these films. The main reason I love Agfa is that it has wide exposure latitude that makes me achieving consistent result under different lighting environment. Whether it is sunny or cloudy, it maintains great grey balance. However, for Fujifilm Superia Premium 400 and X-tra 400, when you use it on cloudy day and lack of sunlight, the mood will be more depressed. So I would describe Agfa Vista as a happy film, it absorbs colour and present it in high saturation. On the other hand, the thing that I like Agfa Vista more than Kodak Portra 400 is that I can get better tone in various environment, such as landscape, portrait even though the grain is not as fine as Portra 400. But all these characteristics shape the Agfa Vista 400 to be an all -rounded film.

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Fujichrome Provia 100F (RDPIII)

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Name: Fujifilm Fujichrome Provia 100F (RDPIII)

ISO: 100

Film type: Positive Slide

Character: Medium saturation with fine grain

 

Colour and Character

Provia 100F is a daylight balanced colour slide film with super fine grain. Medium contrast and saturation character make this film ideal for use in landscape, portrait and nature photography. I would recommend you to use the film at ISO 100 or maximum at ISO 200 and to avoid pushing the film beyond this as it will cause the contrast to go up and lose the details in shadow. It has the signature green tint inherited from Fujifilm and this film is sensitive to blue and purple colour. Compare with Velvia 50 or Velvia 100F, Provia 100F tends to render a cooler mood and skin tone is more natural.

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Accurate metering is the Key

Sometimes RDP III can be difficult to use. Not too bright or too dark is the key of success with this transparency film. You have to get the right exposure in order to have great picture result. My advice is to use light meter to check on different spots and get an average exposure. Otherwise, the picture will be overblown or too dark that cannot be saved from post processing.

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Dynamic Range is narrow

The film is too rigid to shoot under different conditions. Thus, it is the main reason why slide film is not my daily film even it gives you vibrant, accurate colour correction and “3D” feeling. Negative film is more flexible that can let you set +/- EV for 2/3 stops but slide film will mess up your images if you do that.

When should I use Provia 100F?

Bright sunny day would be the best time to snap with the Provia 100F because if the light is too dim, the picture will look more flat and muddy. Therefore, I prefer using it outdoor with sunlight. But if you love to take dramatic pictures at night with colour shift, then Provia 100F is the film that you should work with.

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Long Exposure with RDPIII?

Base on Provia 100F (RDP III) data sheet for long exposure more than 4 minutes, it needs a colour correction filter of 2.5G with an exposure correction of +1/3 stop otherwise it will lead to a colour shift.

What lenses did I use to take the images?

Leica Summicron 35mm f2 v1

Leica Summicron 50mm f2 Rigid type 1

Leica Noctilux 50mm f1 e58

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