A comparison of VSCO FILM 5 review with examples, before and afters

A post for my fellow photographers, (sorry married-to-be's!) here's a comprehensive comparison of VSCO's fifth pack side by side with the RAW followed by my conclusions, let me know what you think, would you buy it?

Agfa Vista series

Top left: Raw || Bottom left: Agfa Vista 100 || Top right: Agfa Vista 400 || Bottom right: Agfa Vista VSCO5_0052

Black and Whites

Top left: raw || Bottom left: Fuji Neopan 400 contrast/fade || Top right: Kodak BW400CN soft highs || Bottom right: Kodak BW400CN VSCO5_0053

Agfa Vista 100 variations

Top left: raw || Bottom left: Agfa Vista 100 cool+ || Top right: Agfa Vista 100+++|| Bottom right: Agfa Vista 100 warm VSCO5_0054

Kodak series

Top left: raw|| Bottom left: Kodak gold 100 || Top right: Kodak max 800 || Bottom right: Kodak gold 200 VSCO5_0055

More Kodak series

Top left: raw || Bottom left: Kodak royal gold 400 || Top right: Kodak ultramax 400 || Bottom right: Kodak ektar 100 VSCO5_0056

Conclusion

VSCO called this the archetype collection, which "captures the essence of mass market, consumer-friendly stock from the past twenty years, the golden era of analog." Personally I've always liked Kodak tones, so when I saw how many Kodak options there were I jumped for it. I have VSCO 4, which is the slide film pack and one thing I noticed when comparing them side by side was that these Kodaks are almost more contrasty than their slide film pack. The skintones are lovely, although some of the Agfa's are a little too pinky for my liking. The black and whites didn't really do much for me, I don't feel they're much different from previous VSCO packs, so if the b+w's were your main motivation for buying this, with only 3 new options (+ variations of contrast/fade/soft highs) I wouldn't bother. My favourites are probably  Kodak Ektar 100 and Kodak max 800. I do think some of the other more heavy vintage styles look cool, but it's not natural enough for my tastes to edit a wedding with. Hope that helps anyone who was considering buying VSCO 5! Let me know your opinions in the comments below!  

7 Comments

  • Posted February 25, 2014 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    Wowww! Im excited for this! I have the 01 pack and havent liked the others but the 05 looks rad! Cant wait to try it! Thanks for the post! 🙂

  • Posted February 25, 2014 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing this. Great comparison OF ALL THE VSCO presets which are very helpful , as I was thinking of buying them or not.

  • Laura DeBourde
    Posted February 25, 2014 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

    Looks quite nice! I particularly like the look of the Kodak ones too, especially Kodak Ektar 100!

  • David Hunter
    Posted April 14, 2014 at 5:18 am | Permalink

    Hello, I am looking to buy VSCO film packs but I have no idea which one to buy. I love your frank and direct comments. There are now 5 film packs, would you please suggest which ones I should buy for my Fuji X100S? Thanks.

    • Marianne
      Posted April 16, 2014 at 11:03 pm | Permalink

      I think only packs 4 and 5 actually have the presets available for the fuji x100s, otherwise you have the standard preset options (it comes in standard, nikon, canon, sony etc. to compensate for colour profile differences between the brands. I think it depends what look you find aesthetically pleasing, the earlier packs are more classic vintage looks, I find the polaroid pack (3) a bit much, 2 used to be very popular because of portra etc. 4 are slide films, which I don’t think a lot of people took to but actually I used 4 up until my last 2 weddings as I love the vibrancey. I’ve just tried kodak gold 100 vibrant with the aim of replacing the vsco 4 one but I’m not convinced as the kodak gold is probably a bit strong. The full line up is here: http://vsco.co/film

  • Posted April 25, 2014 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

    Gah- I love your example photo so much that it makes me like all of the filter options.
    Good post- makes me go further into thinking which pack to buy. Thanks!

  • sourav
    Posted June 24, 2014 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

    Just go with VSCO 01 and 05 packs. Seriously dont bother about the rest

    05 has useful variations (cool and warm tones) plus tungsten presets (pretty useful to get away with any yellow cast). In the tool kit..Fix Orange Skin and Creamy Highlights are great stuff plus the few Kodak and Fuji tones

    Regards
    Saha

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