Best cheap 35mm colour film stock? (scanning oriented)

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  1. Bolal

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    Hi! Ever since I've got into film, I've been shooting Portra and Ektar and have not been blown away compared to the cheaper film stocks I've shot. I was thinking of trying my luck with some cheaper films, and I was wondering which cheap film stock you find to be the best. So far I have been considering Fujicolor C200, Kodak Gold, Superia and Agfa Vista. Any advice is welcome!

    Edit: I am most likely going to be using this film for shooting beaches, sunny weather etc.
     
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    I've used the C200 and the VistaPlus from time to time, and both are fine, perhaps a slightly softer look than the "more modern" films (I say that because both are rumored to be older formulations of emulsion), but good for general use. The VistaPlus seems more readily available in the UK....it was £1 per film for a long time from the "Poundland" stores, but sadly they no longer stock it !
     
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    If you mainly scan your colour film it doesn't matter too much what you use. Any differences in colour, contrast, sharpness, etc, can be included or removed in the edit. I have a few boxes of Fuji Pro400H and Ektar 100 in the freezer, but many more Agfa Vista, Fujicolor 200 (same thing) and Kodakolor, and the differences after a few tweaks are negligible. If you chromogenic (C-type) print, the differences are more obvious.
     
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    Likewise, I've used C200 and Agfa Vista a lot (apparently they're the same thing), as well as Kodak Colorplus. I simply chose them because they were cheapest. Now that I'm developing and scanning my own film, I'm less inclined to buy cheap film. Portra scans so, so, so nicely that cheap films just frustrate me. I save the cheap stuff for souping or putting through toy cameras.

    C200 seems to favour colder colours, Kodak Colorplus favours warmer colours. So that might sway you toward one or the other. If you can find some old Ferrania Solaris, that stuff's super warm.
     
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    Outside of lomography films and redscale films, almost all bargain current color print films are high quality Kodak or Fuji products. There are differences between the two, but it really comes down to a point of personal preference. The films are cheap enough that you can pick up a few rolls of Fujicolor and Kodak Gold and compare them yourself.
     
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    The Portra 400 and Ektar blow away all others. But, Fuji Superia 400 is an excellent, general purpose film.
     
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    For my color film photography I purchased couple of dozens Kodak UltraMax 400.

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    I like it more than Kodak Gold 200. I never liked any Fuji color film and I see no reason to pay for much more expensive Kodak color films or else.
    If I need correct colors, no grain and such, I have digital cameras for it. I just like color film to be different from it.
    I'm not talking about lomography, but nothing fancy film developed by not expensive lab I have used for many years.
     
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    I have always liked Kodacolor or Kodak Gold, not sure if 200 is still available. I think some old stock 100 can be found. What I see in most places is Fuji and Kodak 400.
     
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    I recommend trying the less expensive films on non critical subjects and then pick the ones that please you. It is all about what you like, not what others think or experienced. Some of the adventure is in experimenting.
     
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    Portra for the serious snaps. Superia 400 for casual snaps.
     
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    AgfaPhoto Vista/C200.....much better colors, IMO, than Gold. Scans beautifully. Incredibly low cost.

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    These are really beautiful shots, thank you everyone!
     
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    Fuji C200 is ridiculously cheap, but it is subjectively worse than kodak gold 200. I like gold better tbh.
     
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    best cheap color film stock i use is short date or expired fuji superia200 or 400 used to get it locally for like 50¢/roll
     
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    I tried a couple of boxes of Lomography 100 3 pack for $10.90.
    I understand that results may vary roll to roll but of the 200+ frames I've gotten out it, seems pretty good.

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    One of my favorite films. I keep a stash of 135 and 120 in the freezer.
     
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    I really liked that film. Portra 400 is very good too.
     
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    4B5828F5-BD8D-4B22-8EE0-737495ED9E09.jpeg Ektar 100. It has a different palette than the Portras.
     
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    I haven’t tried Kodak Gold in decades. I remember not liking it. Very grainy for its speed.
     
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    Ektar is my favorite. Portra also gets a lot of use for its flexibility and color palette. But Fuji Superia 400 is probably my favorite general purpose film. It doesn’t do anything amazing, but it doesn’t do anything poorly. It’s got nice grain, a pleasing cool palette, and works in all but the most extreme circumstances. Plus, it’s cheap.
     
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    I concur. Superia 400 is an excellent, general purpose film.
     
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    ColorPlus is my favorite cheap film. It makes for good analog prints for those still interested in this craft, or you can have them printed courtesy of Blue Moon in Portland.

    But it doesn't scan well if that is what you are looking to do with it.
     
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    What is Color Plus? Are you near Blue Moon too?
     
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    Fuji C200:



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