To be honest, I have not heard of Walgreens as a film. I googled about it and know that Walgreens is a pharmacy in the US? And they also have film developing services, similar to Costco. Anyway, I found these Walgreens 200 at the film developing shop in Singapore.They are selling at SGD4 per roll of 24-exposure.
As I have not seen it before, I bought one roll to try out of curiosity. Previously, I have tried the expired FujiC200 (my first ever film) but it turned out sucks. I think it was due to my skill. And I didn’t know I AM NOT SUPPOSED to change the ISO for each shot, meaning my ISO must be constant for the whole roll, otherwise some would be under- or over-exposed.
I also placed a big bet by using this Walgreen film for my first ever Point of View Street Photography shoot. Link to my YouTube video here.
After developing, I felt so amazed by the result. The ‘filter’ is so aesthetically nice. It’s somewhere around Agfa Vista but with super rich colour shade. I love this Walgreens film so much that I bought another 5 rolls!! (Because it’s cheap)
For this batch, while shooting on a sunny day, I actually forgot to change my ISO setting from 400 (usual setting) to 200. But looking at the pictures, I guess it doesn’t matter.
I later found out that’s because colour negative films have a dynamic range of 3 stops. This means if you over or underexposed by 3 stops, you would still get result. This is unlike a limited dynamic range of 1.5 stop for slide film. In another words, it’s not easy to blow off a colour negative.
By the way, I think Walgreens has stopped film production so all the available films in the market are expired. Correct me if I am wrong.
Below are some sample photos by Walgreens film:
Updated Feb 2017: