AGFAPHOTO vista plus is a super affordable, yet versatile film. It can famously be found in selected Poundland’s (yes, it costs £1) across the UK. The film's specs are as following:
ASA (ISO) of 200
C41 process colour film.
As an affordable film, I thought it might not live up to the standards of Kodak and Fuji films. So, I decided to take a few test shoots with it before deciding whether or not the film was a feasible 200ASA film alternative.
The grain level seems somewhat reasonable for a £1 film. At an ASA of 200, there are films with much finer grain, but as an affordable alternative for shooting film, I think the film is great!
Although, I do find the images to be a bit too contrasty coming straight out of the negative/scans. I’ve been getting my scans done on the cheap, meaning they won’t fully do the negatives justice, but I do find out of personal preference that I like my images to have a flat feel so that I have more creative control over in post.
But when exposing the film with an extra ½ to 1 stop extra, I find the image grain is significantly reduced!
The mid-tones in this film are very saturated. For situations where your subject or environment only has faint patches of colour available, this film really lets you accentuate the mid-tones within low contrast colour situations. - For previous large format work, I’d use this technique for bringing out the mid tones in low colour contrast landscapes using 4x5 Kodak Ektar 100!
Below, are some more examples for you to enjoy
This is a great film! Given the cost of buying, developing, and scanning film, AGFA 200 is really versatile and affordable film. The “cheap” nature of the film allows you to experiment and shoot things you may not usually consider shooting. The film has also been reviewed within Peta Pixel’s affordable films article and there are some rumors that this film is actually a rebrand of the famous FUJI C200 film!