An Ode to AGFA – The £1 35mm Film That Stole Hearts

Farewell AGFA, you’ll be missed, (kind of).

Agfa Vista 200: The film that captured the hearts of budget shooters all around the U.K is no more! If this is news to you we suggest you check out our previous article (warning: contains scenes that low-income photographers may find distressing).

We are now left asking ourselves if the decline of a cheap 35mm film will mark a fall in the re-growth of the analog industry?

“If you head to any of the big high street names you’ll be hard pushed to find a decent roll for under £9.”

For shooters that haven’t been in the game long, it may seem like a daunting task to find a roll at a fair price. which is completely understandable, If you head to any of the big high street names you’ll be hard pushed to find a decent roll for under £9.

Now you’re just starting out shooting on film. You want to practice your skills on a good roll of film, right? Automatically the cost is going be a barrier to entering the industry. A £10 per roll kind of barrier… Whats more, you still need to develop them and Take it from us; that shit can be expensive.

Keep an eye out for our guide to buying and developing film in issue 2 of DOIN’ BITS.

Rather than dwell on the fact that £1 AGFA is no more, We asked you to send your best photos taken on the notoriously cheap film – and you guys didn’t disappoint!

We had submissions from up and down the country and even some from abroad. It was tough narrowing it down but check out the gallery at the top of this page for the editor’s favourites.

Our Number one shot was sent in by Damien Hart, it was taken back in 2015 at the Million Mask March in London which ended with a rally outside parliament. We think it is a clear demonstration of just how good a photograph AGFA Vista 200 can produce in the right hands. Congratulations Damien you bagged yourself a feature across our social media as well as an AGFA keyring to remember the good old days!

The winning entry from Damien H.

Don’t forget to #doinbitsmagazine with your photos no matter what film you shoot on!

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