Thursday, February 03, 2011

Agfa Portrait XPS 160


 This particular film is no longer in production, so you'll have to excuse this post for a certain level of sentimentality as Agfa Portrait was probably my favourite ever film.

I think the film was first introduced in the early 1990's a part of the 'Agfa Triade' which consisted of three emulsions Ultra 50 which was a high contrast & saturation film, Optima 100 which had a normal saturation and Portrait 160 which had a lower contrast and saturation. Later they added an Optima 200 as well and dropped the 'Triade' moniker.
Here is a schematic of the layer structure:

Agfa Portrait had a very natural colour rendition and because of its lower contrast it captured white wedding dress detail even in the brightest of conditions. I also remember it having excellent latitude to over exposure with detail in overexposed areas easily recoverable four stops over, it couldn't be underexposed I'd say half a stop at the most.

I used this film mainly for weddings where the aforementioned detail in the whites coupled with very nice skin tones nearly always gave great results. I think it is one of the most natural colour films I've ever used.

Cool natural tones
I found a small amount of this film which expired 2007 on a well known auction site and just had to go on a little trip down memory lane and have had fun revisiting an old favourite.
I had forgotten the peppermint flavoured 120 roll seal :)

© Photo Utopia 2011


Jonathan said...

great blog! I just acquired some old 1950's unused kodak plus-x and Ilford selochrome 620 roll film. No idea what conditions it's been kept in, but I'm thinking of giving it a try, any tips would be very useful.
Cheers, Johnny

A.J. McConnochie said...

love it...great blog.

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