35mm film review: Agfa APX 100
My name is Andrew and I am a fine art destination wedding photographer in Italy (Lake Como, Amalfi). On the weddings and styled photo sessions I also shoot 35mm film, mostly black and white. This article is going to be about 35mm film - Agfa APX 100.
As you know this film is quite cheap. You can get it online or in most local stores for about 5 Euros. However, I decided to try this film myself and share the results with you. I used to take a lot of wedding pictures on Kodak T-max 100 in the past, but in 2020 I decided to try other brands too. Agfa was one of those films that were on the list and I gave it a chance. Surprisingly, the results turned out to be very artistic and really good quality and color-wise. Even though I did not expect anything special from this film I was really glad it turned out to be so good. I was able to slightly edit the exposure and blacks where needed - the film and a good scan preserve enough information for saddle editing like this. What I don't like about higher ISO 35mm films in weddings - the amount of grain they provide. Once I tried Kodak T-Max 400 and I did not like it at all even though T-max is known for its fine grain. For weddings and portraits of beautiful brides, the noticeable grain is something that is better to avoid. Since then I always stick to ISO 100 for weddings. And Agfa APX 100 just nailed it - really fine grain, deep blacks, nice subject separation, a very good film for outside and inside use (just place your subject closer to the light source like a window). I hope you will enjoy the provided shots. I am not trying to teach here which is why I do not write about the film itself. If you want to learn more about its structure, brand, etc - you can google it. But if you want to see the samples of the film - you are always welcomed here in my blog, where I post many samples of different film brands and stocks. If you want you can also donate a couple of bucks to encourage me to post more samples and articles about different film - every little helps (more info on the bottom of this page).
Agfa APX 100 35mm
Shop: online /local store
Camera: Canon 300v
Lens: Canon EF 50mm F/1.8 II
Location: Siauliai, Tytuvenai (Lithuania)
Dev + Scan: €6 Photolab.lt (Lithuania)
Total test price: €11 or €0.30 per frame.
The main challenge was to dare to use such cheap film on a real wedding which I normally don't do. However, I reviewed the samples of this film on Google and decided that this film should be just right for me. I don't like moody and dark images so something like Ilford or T-max is always on my wish list for weddings. Agfa APX looks quite similar - to me it is really like Ilford Delta 100, just a bit cheaper. I may post a side by side comparison of those two films sometime later - they do look alike a lot. Would I ever use this film again - oh definitely YES.
Hey there! If you enjoy reading my blog and would like to support my work, please consider donating, as every little bit counts! Your contribution will help me continue creating content for you to enjoy!