As part of our tireless quest to bring you the most complete analogue film information on the planet, we present Part 2 of the Great Big Lomography Film Bible: Colour Reversal/Slide Film Edition. Today, it’s all about Agfa!
Agfa RSX-II – ISO: 50/100/200 *
The most coveted of all discontinued slide films, Agfa’s classic RSX-II series is best known for it’s wonderful saturation and colour balance, even when cross-processed. Like many of the old Agfa films, it’s the reds and blues that sing the loudest with RSX-II, giving images a distinctly retro Technicolor quality. While it was a sad day when Agfa stopped producing these films, savvy companies like Lomography and Rollei recognized the ongoing demand for RSX-II and produce the 200 speed emulsion under the names Lomography X-Pro Slide 200 and Rollei Cross-Bird and Rollei Digibase CR200.
Agfa RSX-II 50
Agfa RSX-II 100
Agfa RSX-II 200
Agfa 1000RS – ISO: 1000 *
High-speed slide film is hard-to-find, which makes Agfa 1000RS such a treat (if you can find it!). Like most high-speed film, expect plenty of grain, but in typical Agfa fashion, you’ll find that the colours still pop. A great film for shooting in low-light conditions or at night — particularly live entertainment — 1000RS produces images that have a warm, vintage-style feel.
Agfa CT Precisa – ISO: 100
Okay, so we can all pretty much admit that “new Agfa” films are not as spectacular as the “old Agfa” films, but that doesn’t mean that Precisa is a bad slide film — it’s just unpredictable. While reds and blues remain strong, this film often has massive colour shifts when cross-processed and there are few constants. It’s an inexpensive consumer film, so the low price is appealing and if you’re up for experimentation, it can be a whole lot of fun. But if you’re looking for solid, somewhat predictable results, you’re better off with a pro film.
Pamela Klaffke is a former newspaper and magazine journalist who now works as a novelist and photographer.