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5 Frames With… #06: New Agfa APX 100 (EI 100 / 35mm) by Marco North

As a young cinematographer in the 90s, Agfa was a legendary European movie film stock that I longed to shoot. It was barely available in the States and most American films were shot on Kodak. So, unable to source their motion-picture stock, I used their still camera films to satisfy my love affair with the old master colors of Agfachrome RSX200, and of course, their APX 100, a black and white negative as gentle and honest as La Strada.

When Agfa disappeared from the market some years ago, I was heartbroken. Their Scala (a black and white slide film) was a rare, magical stock. But, sometimes the winds of change bring back an old friend. Is the “new” APX 100 the same, or as good as the “old” one?

In my opinion and experience, the difference is negligible. At the end of the day, this stock has many of the fantastic qualities of stocks made in the 1950s, and it is readily available. That is good enough for me. If you want an open palette, and plenty of graduations in your tones, I cannot urge you enough to try this stock. I shoot mine in a cherished Leica M4-P, typically with a 35mm Summilux.

I overexpose slower films like this one a third or half a stop – unless I am in snow, or some other heavily bright scene. The images from this set of 5 are from one roll.

~ Marco North

 

 

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About The Author

Marco North

Marco North is a photographer, filmmaker and author. Born in Brooklyn, and educated at SUNY Purchase, he studied with the likes of Jan Groover and Richard P. Rogers. For the last twenty years he has generated a body of work that has been described as evocative and singular. Past projects include a documentary short titled Grass Will Grow that was funded by a NYSCA Decentralization grant, a novel Samantha, and a tribute film for the Nantucket Film Festival honoring Paul Schrader. He has taught and lectured at The Pratt Institute, The School of Visual Arts, NYU, and the British School of Design in Moscow. His personal blog, Impressions of an Expat is followed by readers from over 130 countries.

5 Comments

  1. I think Agfa photo have some really interesting films available even if they’re not all unique to Agfa, and love these images, especially love the Lada ! Well done Marco

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    • thanks Stig! I use their 400 as much as the 100 APX by the way.

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  2. happy to be taking part in your site’s mission!

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