Agfa Ultra 100 was a short lived film—introduced in 2003 and discontinued in 2005, although it was still available for a few years after—and was Agfa’s most vibrant color negative film. I’ve been attempting to mimic this film for a little while now (ever since I published the AgfaChrome RS 100 recipe last summer), but I couldn’t get it right. This Agfa Ultra 100 recipe actually has some similarities to the AgfaChrome RS 100 recipe, and (for this particular attempt) I used that recipe as the starting point. I never used this film, so I relied on online references and a couple pictures I found in an old magazine article as samples.
I’m actually not fully satisfied with this recipe. I think sometimes it’s pretty spot-on, and I think other times it is significantly off. Of course, one film can have several different aesthetics depending on how it was shot, developed, scanned and/or printed, and viewed, so perhaps that accounts for some of it. I think an argument can be made that Color should be +3 or even +4, but I also feel that sometimes that’s too much and +2 is just right. I think green is the least correct color, and if you do have a lot of green in the shot, you might consider increasing Color to +3 or +4 for a more accurate facsimile, although you might find reds and blues are rendered too strong if you do that.
Because this recipe uses Classic Negative, Clarity, and Color Chrome FX Blue, this Agfa Ultra 100 film simulation recipe is compatible with the Fujifilm X-Pro3, X100V, X-T4, X-S10, X-E4, and X-T30 II cameras.
Dynamic Range: DR400
Noise Reduction: -4
Grain Effect: Weak, Large
Color Chrome Effect: Strong
Color Chrome Effect Blue: Strong
White Balance: Daylight, -2 Red & +3 Blue
ISO: Auto, up to ISO 6400
Exposure Compensation: 0 to +1 (typically)
Example photographs captured using this “Agfa Ultra 100” film simulation recipe on a Fujifilm X-Pro3:
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Love your formulas but please be more specific on how to make the settings via the specific menu on the X100V can’t seem to get there easily
The “Blu” tram is amazing.
That red parking meter is everything!
Love this, many thanks. Can’t wait to try this on my x pro 3 when weather is decent here
The more I look at this receipe and these photos, it reminds me of Martin Parr’s earlier work. It’s much more of a match than Kevin Mullins recipe.
With a slight boost to the shadows I think it would be spot on match. I like the images to be a bit more punchy.
Great job. Love it.
That’s an interesting observation. It does look similar! I think maybe Shadow -1, Color +3, and Clarity -2, and it would be closer. Thanks for the input!
That is awesome. I had edited your recipe and that is similar to what I had been using. The colours from it are so reminiscent of early Parr especially when you get a scene with those beautiful primary colours. That is where it really shines! Contrasting reds and blues in a scene are to die for with this. Thanks for the feedback.
Have you seen these examples?
These are very contrast rich but quite nice.
Would you consider going a V2?
I don’t think I saw these specific ones. Obviously one film can produce many different aesthetics based on a whole host of factors. I’ll definitely take a look! Thank you for your suggestion!