Voigtländer V200: Attention, Please!


Color negative film often doesn’t appeal to me. There seem to be endless variation and colours are not as reliable as slide film, and cross processing it is basically not an option. But it is the variety, that makes analogue photography ever exciting and the Voigtländer V200 is a choice that catches more of my attention lately!

I tend to buy film in large quantities, especially when it seems to be something that is hard to get and was formerly unknown to me. I get into the spirit of a hunter and I want to own and test it like a mad professor. But as I have limited time and limited space when I am traveling, I have to make choices. And this choice is often the Voigtländer V200.

Credits: wil6ka

Most of my films are expired, and sometimes, they give unexpected results. That is good and bad at the same time. You just have to know what you want in the particular moment you’re shooting. But the Voigtländer is stable like a rock. I figured that the chemistry is quite sturdy and the colour-elements of the emulsion do not fade away.

Credits: wil6ka

On the other hand, the colours are not too flashy; they are more down to earth, but that is what I like about a color negative film anyway. That’s why I managed to take some of my favorite color negative shots with this film.

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written by wil6ka on 2012-01-19 #gear #travel #fun #review #trip #cn #jump #panoramic #africa #lomography #thailand #long-time-exposure #colour-negative-film #ola #user-review


  1. alex34
    alex34 ·

    Film seems to have a blue bias and is quite washed out looking? Or was that just the light on the day you were shooting?

  2. veato
    veato ·

    You say C41 is not as reliable (colour wise) as E6 but then go on to say you use expired film? Also you mention the stability of the V200 and down to earth colour yet some photos look heavily colour cast. I don't mean to criticise but it just seems there are some contradictions.

    If you like neutral 'down-to-earth' colour have a go with Fuji Reala 100.

  3. wil6ka
    wil6ka ·

    @veato Well, I can only relate to the films I use and in my view compared to other C41 films the V200 seems stable and quite down to earth, even if it is expired. Sure it is washed out a little, but I have seen much worse and for me it adds up quality to this film. Just sayin' we are not talking math here! :)

  4. berndtotto
    berndtotto ·

    Interesting ... never heard about that film.

  5. untamedboy
    untamedboy ·

    Oh wil! I own a voigtlander vitoret dr but it’s my first seeing a voigtlander film and yes am stunned! If you wouldn’t mind gifting me some, that is if you still have some unused films to ship away?


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