This is a piece I’ve been meaning to write for quite a while now.

Sadly, I am down to my last few rolls of AGFA Vista 200 – I have one roll in my Nikon FM2n and another in my Sprocket Rocket (which hopefully I will never find again, as that camera just produces disappointment).

Since the news that Fujifilm is discontinuing the much beloved cheap and cheerful stock, I now reluctantly have to find a new bargain bucket 35mm film. 

This is quite annoying, as not only was AGFA Vista 200 a reasonably reliable bit of film, the cheap price meant it was the “go to” stock when it came to doing things that were a bit more experimental.

I’ll be honest, I am going to miss it.

Over the years, I have learnt quite a bit using AGFA Vista 200 – it’s been that reliable friend that you can always turn to when you want to try something a little different. Especially when testing out old, weird and potentially busted cameras.

The fact that a roll only cost £1, meant that I didn’t necessarily care too much how the images turned out.  It’s quite a liberating to take a photograph on film and not feel like the shot has to be perfect.

It’s been a journey, it really has.

As I’ve grown as a photographer using AGFA Vista 200, I have captured my son growing up too. So the sentimental side of me is really sorry to see it go.

I started shooting the stuff on my Zorki 4k.  I then tested it on my Dad’s Comic 35 (which promptly fell apart in my hands!  I rescued the film though!).  Finally, I saw it’s full potential on my Nikon F50, with it’s 50mm f1.8 lens attached.

So those in search of cheap film, where to go from here? Well, as far as I can tell, the next cheapest option is to bulk buy some Kodak Gold 200.

While not quite working out at £1 per roll, I have seen a deal on Amazon where you can buy 6 packs of 24 exposures for £16.95 – which works out at £2.80ish.

So, perhaps I’ll give that one a punt.

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