Posted on October 24 2019
31st October update: the films are now AVAILABLE TO BUY! Head here to place your order
After weeks of teasers and guesses, Ilford have today confirmed that they are bringing a new film to market: Ortho Plus 80 in both 35mm and 120 medium format!
What is Ortho Film?
Ortho is short for 'Orthochromatic' which means that this B&W film is sensitive to all colours in the visible light spectrum apart from red!
There are two main benefits to Ortho film:
1) Landscapes look wonderfully dramatic thanks to the film's focused sensitivity on blue and green
2) The film can be handled under red safelight in the darkroom without becoming over-exposed or foggy. This makes developing and experimenting with the film much easier!
We already stock some Ortho B&W film (like the Rollei Ortho 25) but nothing with this high an ISO. So Ilford's Ortho Plus 80 immediately becomes the fastest and most versatile Ortho B&W film in our range :-)
(c) Natalie Oberg on Ilford Ortho Plus 80 film
When can I buy Ortho Plus 80?
Of course as the date nears and we get confirmation of the Big Day then we will keep everyone updated via our social media channels.
(c) Matt Parry Photo Film on Ilford Ortho Plus 80 film
Can I pre-order?
We have decided to not accept pre-orders in case there are issues with delivery dates and to avoid people paying multiple shipping costs if they bundle with other films.
But we have ordered a HUGE amount of stock: so signing up for stock notifications on the product pages will allow you to get involved with the first batch as soon as it lands.
I know - us too!
Now if you're looking for something fun to play with while you wait for the stock to land then we've just made the Harman 35mm film camera available on-site. Created by the same company behind Ilford and Kentmere: two rolls of Kentmere, a battery for the flash and a wrist-strap are all included. A wonderfully cheerful little starter camera for slipping in a pocket or gifting to someone curious about film photography... you can find it here :-)
You can read even more about the Ortho Plus film, see more sample shots, and explore a couple of other Ilford product announcements on EMULSIVE's in-depth article here
- Paul and Mary