Film News: Hasta la Vista baby, another fan fav takes a dirt nap

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by Michael Nguyen /

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Marvin Gaye once belted out “Not much longer would you be mine, oh I heard it through the grapevine,
oh i’m just about to lose my mind…” Well, what everyone’s heard and surmised for awhile has been confirmed by reliable industry sources: Agfa Vista is no more.

Shouldn’t come as overwhelmingly shocking as it’s a poorly-kept secret that Vista was actually produced by our favorite Japanese film manufacturer but it still stinks to high heaven. It’s a beloved and wonderful inexpensive color film that earned a huge following and the PTSD from the untimely demise of Kodachrome and Neopan relapses not insignificantly.

It gained a cult following worldwide but especially in the UK where it was a staple at Poundland. High quality for just a pound a roll made it adored by students and frugal photographers alike. When Poundland announced it was no longer in stock at the end of last year, people feared the worst. Indeed, stock here in stores throughout Tokyo has dwindled to Sumatran Rhinoceros numbers. A quick pop into the local Yodobashi Camera today here revealed a grand total of 3 rolls of Vista 200 and none left of the 400.

As our favorite Japanese film manufacturer has deep shareholder pockets to fill and made it abundantly clear their direction, the chances of Vista coming back are approximately equivalent to Mary Swanson accepting a relationship with Lloyd Christmas.

Here’s hoping Ferrania gets moving and brings back Solaris as previously planned. Good news initially but it’s almost a quarter into 2018 and we’ve not heard a peep on that regard. *Sigh* This does however leave an opening to say, other smaller companies to take the initiative and produce a new and wonderful yet inexpensive color film ;)

I loved the poppy colors and contrast of Vista and it had great latitude which worked well with a strobe or not. Without Vista or Solaris, what’s everyones go-to cheap color film now?

Some places still have it in stock though (until it is all gone), like www.camerafilmphoto.com so head over there and grab some before people slap it on e-bay for stupid money.

MN

22 comments on “Film News: Hasta la Vista baby, another fan fav takes a dirt nap”

    Gus March 9, 2018 at 7:47 pm / Reply

    I mean this means that choosing Kodak Colorplus 200 is an even easier choice. It’s been roughly the same price for quite a while, and I’ve always been happier with the results. But options for cheap colour film are always nice and I guess for now Kodak will have the entire market (more or less).

    Bill Smith March 9, 2018 at 8:00 pm / Reply

    I’m not surprised Agfa Vista is gonzo, it was fun to shoot with but I prefer Kodak Ultramax 400 and Lomography 400 (essentially the same film) for my cheap and cheerful C-41 fix. As for Solaris 400, loved shooting Lomography F Squared 400 last year (which was freezer stored Solaris 400), however, I won’t be holding my breath that Ferrania has its act together, they are barely keeping up with demand for P30.

    Jordan Michael Lockhart March 9, 2018 at 8:52 pm / Reply

    If you live anywhere in Europe with a Mueller drug store, you can buy Agfa Vista there, a 3 pack of 400 ASA costs me about 9 Euros in Hungary.

    This is my favorite film :,(

    Jim March 9, 2018 at 9:27 pm / Reply

    I am a fan of E-6. So I’m disappointed that there hasn’t been any recent updates from Kodak about progress on reviving Ektachrome. It’s supposed to happen this year. Right now the Fuji Velvia or Provia are the only E-6 that I’m aware of that is easily obtainable in the U.S.A. I think Fuji will eventually kill off Velvia and Provia too. But since they are the most readily available E-6 on the market, I pray that it is one of the last films they kill off.

    Alvaro March 9, 2018 at 10:02 pm / Reply

    ” Without Vista or Solaris, what’s everyones go-to cheap color film now?” well uh, the Fuji originals, C200 and Superia 400. Until they’re gone too, of course

    The other Matt March 9, 2018 at 11:06 pm / Reply

    Agfa Vista Plus 200 comes out more vibrant and colorful than Fujifilm C200. I’m not at all convinced it is the exact same formula as people claim. Must have shot over 100 rolls of that gem now. I love that film and this is sad news. Better buy some more rolls before it’s all gone.

    James March 10, 2018 at 3:27 am / Reply

    Extreme bummer. Ultramax, I guess!

    Lewy March 10, 2018 at 6:27 am / Reply

    Does make you wonder what’s the future in our films!!??

    Wayne March 11, 2018 at 1:24 pm / Reply

    While Kodak seems to be at least attempting to recognize the film market, Fuji seems motivated by something other than recent market trends. Here in US the camera shops I regularly visit state there is a renewed interest in film. Fuji’s behavior seems almost unexplainable……Like somebody of great influence at corporate level had predicted the total demise of film, and so, come hell or high water, that is the way it is going to be.

    I am going with the kodak 200 and 400 color films. While not the same as Fuji and Agfa past offerings, the results seem to be just as enchanting.

    Arcadia4 March 12, 2018 at 1:06 am / Reply

    Since 2005 Lupus imaging commission the films produced under the Agfa photo brand name and red dot logo licensed ultimately from agfa gevaert. The b&w apx films are currently produced by harman technology and colour films used to be ferrania post agfa leverkusen. Its unclear if vista is gone permanently or vista manufactured by fuji? That of course for now only leaves lupus the option of kodak to contract from. Presumably fuji decided it was a low margin operation it no longer wants for the volumes involved. Hence ct precisa (provia) is also finished according to one uk supplier.

    Kevin Eyewanders March 12, 2018 at 4:21 am / Reply

    Well at least RDPIII is still around. Here’s hoping (as you mention) that Ferrania finally gets cranking. And I can’t wait for Ektachrome to come out of the gate finally as well. Neither could come a moment too soon.

    Leo Sze March 12, 2018 at 10:36 am / Reply

    VISTA 400 is my go to and favorite travel film. Sad to see it goes.

    Poppel Yang March 12, 2018 at 8:22 pm / Reply

    Same observation here.
    I’ve shot both Vista 400 and Fuji superia 400, and the color palettes of those two film look rather different to each other. I’m not convinced Vista is simply repackaged Fuji.

    I also find this article overall very vague and full of rumbling.

    You can still buy Vistas on ebay as when it’s in 2010. The Majority of the people always buy it online since it is not a film you can buy in a real shop in, I dare say, most of the countries in the world. Just buy it and use it and don’t try anything to hype the price up.

    Chan March 13, 2018 at 5:46 am / Reply

    In the Netherlands you can go into any bigger Kruidvat store and find Agfa film 200 and 400 in 24 or 36 shots. However I just checked their website and the film isn’t in stock anymore besides the 24 shots ISO 200. It seems that the price of the film even increased in price. I remember buying a ISO 400 24 shots for €2,50.

    Bastien B. March 15, 2018 at 9:46 pm / Reply

    It is the same in Germany. You used to be able to buy Agfa Vista at drugstores like DM or Rossmann. Nowadays, the only Agfa they still carry is usually CT Precisca and some APX. The Vista has largely been replaced by 3-packes of Kodak Gold 200.

    iGlad March 16, 2018 at 7:14 pm / Reply

    Afga Vista 200 24 exp used to be available in U.K. Poundland stores but they stopped selling it just before Christmas so I guess this was coming. Luckily for me there was a Poundalnd discontinue scare about 2 years ago so I stocked up and bought a big box of the film.

    It’s a very good film with nice deep colours which I’ve been using for about the past 4-5 years and it’s always given me good results.

    There are still supplies of it around and I’ve just ordered some Agfa 400 36exp which should be with me soon. I think Kodak will start raising it’s prices now that Fuji appear to be getting out of film. Kodak Ektar 35mm is a great film but now oh so expensive at £9 for 36 exposures.

    The Resurrected Camera March 21, 2018 at 8:03 am / Reply

    I don’t see the big deal. Wasn’t this just rebranded Fujicolor 200?

    NateLuvsFilm March 21, 2018 at 2:57 pm / Reply

    Is it only the 200 film that’s being dropped, or is it both that and the 400? If it’s the latter case, time to stock up on them, as well as Superia.

    As others have said, aren’t we supposed to be in the middle of a film renaissance?

      Michael Nguyen March 30, 2018 at 3:03 pm /

      Yes, to be clear both 200 and 400 are out of production

    natali March 22, 2018 at 2:38 am / Reply

    what page?

    Rafael Frontado Gómez April 8, 2018 at 8:56 am / Reply

    Dont you think that this will make other companies to produce a similar film in order to cover the absence of this one? Or else, wouldnt make this issue the increase of the of other films?

    iglad April 19, 2018 at 11:39 pm / Reply

    I will miss it as I could buy a 24 exp roll for only £1 in the UK and its a great film not as good as Kodak Ektar but it was certainly a great help in my colour photography. I have a box of about 100 rolls ( mostly recently expired) under my stairs so I have a decent supply. I have been discovering the joys of shooting it at 100asa instead of the box speed and it has produced some pretty awesome colours.

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