The legendary and highly sought after Agfa colour film, particularly the ISO 400 36 frame make to its ISO 200 sibling. This film was once cheap and dispensable, but today they are hard to come by and if you do see one, they're definitely expired and twice its original price.
That said, does the Agfa really stand up to its reputation? Why is it highly sought after and why the hype now? To be honest, most of the inflationary pressure is from hype and that it is an ISO 400 film. Hype because this particular film stock is discontinued with the last batch of film expiring in late 2019. ISO 400 in my opinion is also more sought after because of its versatility, forgiveness and that the professional flagship film stocks like Kodak Portra 400 and Fuji Pro400H are also in this ISO category. For me, ISO 400 is my ultimate go to because you can overexpose this by shooting at 200 and still achieve decent results with manageable shutter speeds. Also, Agfa 400 is somewhat sentimental to me as well because I started out film photography with this. In 2014, I used to have at least 20 rolls of this ready in my stash. At one point I also hated this film stock because it was the only film I had since it was "cheap-ish". Looking back, I feel so foolish to have wasted so many frames simply because I had many rolls and was trying to finish them quick. Today, I only have a few rolls of this left thanks to lovely friends (June and Vanessa).
This was the film stock I grew up with. This was the filmstock I'd send to the labs to get developed expecting to get less than average quality photos (because of my photography) but end up getting blown away by the results. I don't know what they do but Agfa made me feel like my photography was of a decent standard (anyone feel this way too?). This being said, I cannot review this film without bias. The following pictures will not demonstrate dynamic range, or tonality, but will instead show how I feel about the shots I've taken.