I’ve shot Agfa Vista Plus 200 for the longest time. It’s a film that’s neutral but with punchy colours and great midtones. To me, it always felt like a faster, slightly more neutral version of Kodak’s Ektar 100. The highlights always had a tendency of being blown out, but I always fixed that in post anyway. More importantly, it was a film for the budget-conscious.
I was going to be in Europe for 5 months for an exchange semester in Switzerland, so I decided to stock up on a bunch of film to bring with me for my time there. Agfa Vista Plus 200 made up the majority of the colour film I brought with me. At the time, I had no idea it was going to be discontinued, had I known, I would have stocked up more. Anyway, throughout my time in Europe, I capitalised on the opportunity to travel more — I am from South East Asia — and landed myself in Seville, Spain.
Knowing that the Andalucian capital even had a Pantone colour for the unique shade of orange (Color Especial de Sevilla) that the city was covered in, I thought Agfa 200 would be the perfect fit.
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I made sure to save some shots for my time at the Royal Alcazar Palace. However, I was shooting on an Olympus PEN FT, a half-frame camera, I struggled a little bit with my lens choice. As the Olympus G. Zuiko 40mm f/1.4 AUTO-S — a 60mm equivalent lens on full-frame 35mm film — lens was the only lens I owned for the camera at the time, so architectural shots were challenging at times. Despite this, it has led me to interesting perspectives and photos as I had to adapt to the narrow focal length.
I was delighted to see the images being everything that Agfa Vista Plus 200 was good for when I got the scans back from the lab. All images were shot in or outside the Royal Alcazar Palace in Seville. It was a sunny day, so all shots were probably f/5.6 to f/8 at 1/500.
If you manage to find a roll of Agfa Vista Plus 200 at your local shop, do try it out before it dies for good!
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