Agfaphoto CT Precisa 100
I recently bought a few rolls of Agfa Precisa color positive film and was wondering what you think about it. Do you have any suggestions/opinions how to get the best out of it? I have very little experience with slides and my first attempts with Fuji Velvia were quite hopeless. I am so used to color negative I can' t live without that wonderfully huge dynamic range and ended up with blown highlights and blocked shadows. But I was thinking to give myself a second try with a less contrasty film. Any advice is greatly appreciated.
It's Fuji Provia 100. You'll find it lower contrast and wider range than Velvia but still nothing like neg film (or the late, lamented Astia :( )
You just have to get used to the range of it and expose for what's important to the photo if you can't control the lighting.
I haven't used the Precisa. But I can say that my most successful slides were when I embraced the idea of blown highlights and blocked shadows. By considering where to place that narrow window of three or four stops of good image exposure, you can choose to strategically employ those pure blacks or blown highlights. You can hide details that you don't want in the frame by letting them fall into blackness or whiteness, and you can work with the graphic nature of pure shadow. There is a character to the blacks on reversal film which is quite unlike anything else. When I switched from slides to neg, that was the hardest change -- losing those lustrustrous inky blacks.
Thank you both for your replies. I will take some time to get used to a different approach. Very inspiring what filmamigo is suggesting, I never thought about it that way.
I´m going to post some results and will be glad to get more comments then.
Is Fujifilm manufacturing it (and perhaps all films) for AgfaPhoto/Lupus Media??
Originally Posted by Roger Cole
AgfaPhoto/Lupus used different manufacturers for their films. Fuji is one of them. So far there had not been an indication that special emulsions were used, but seemingly simple re-branding was employed.
Of course in the beginning they could use the outcome of their own short production fase or stock inherited with the buy of those Agfa assets.
At present time, all colour negative and positive AgfaPhoto films are made by Fuji under contract to Lupus Imaging.
Originally Posted by AgX
The AgfaPhoto color print/negative films, I haven't seen for sale locally. The last time I saw anything Agfa for sale around here, was when Agfa-Gevaert itself had owned the division. At one time, they also manufactured Walgreen's-branded color print films for the Walgreen's pharmacy chain in the U.S.