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Agfa Portrait (220, 160 iso) User-Review

A reasonably priced film that can handle most of what you might choose to throw at it. Don't expect any craziness! This is a gentle film, the tones are mellow even when cross processed.

A reasonably priced film that can handle most of what you might choose to throw at it. Don’t expect any craziness! This is a gentle film, the tones are mellow even when cross processed.

I lucked into a cheap 5-pack on ebay and decided to try it out.

I took the first roll into the fields behind my old apartment last summer. These rolls expired in September 2007, and are starting to show a slight pink shift, which brought out the reds in the sunset scenes beautifully.

When wrapping up that first roll I got a pleasant surprise,: the little paper strip you lick to glue the roll shut is peppermint-flavoured!

The second roll came with me on a walk in the Botanical Garden in Copenhagen. This time I wanted to try something a little different! You can read more about what I did and how here

The cross processed redscale turned out as vibrant as ever, but with a slightly cooler tone. The non-redscale bits show a soft and pretty blue shift.

Finally, monoflow and I were planning some doubles, and we decided to use 220 film. I started the roll off by laying down a redscaled layer in Copenhagen, monoflow shot a normal layer in Manhattan.

All in all, I think I prefer this film with my Holga WPC. The results are interesting, the exposure latitude of negative film makes it easy to work with in a pinhole camera, and the extra length is really nice to have with the WPC’s 6×12 frames.

Here’s a basic guide to 220 film

written by eggzakly

5 comments

  1. breakphreak

    breakphreak

    handsome, truly handsome shots and colors and good research of proper development processes

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  2. nicolas_noir

    nicolas_noir

    I've got a few rolls of this in 120 and debating what to use them for! I've also just finished a roll of Agfa RSXII 200 and that had a lovely pepper mint flavour tab to it too! Ilford XP2 Super 400 has it too.

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  3. anarchy

    anarchy

    Ooooh, I love this =) Very nice!!!

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  4. tveden

    tveden

    WaoW, the last gallery is very cool.

    Fedt review.

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  5. stouf

    stouf

    Wonderful review. The range of methods is super informative, and the galleries so impressive !

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