Ilford HP5 Plus - 120 Film

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Ilford HP5 Plus is the best-selling black-and-white 120 film in our store, and with very good reason! Beloved by film shooters, this iconic Ilford emulsion has a gorgeous grain structure that will provide the perfect vintage look to your photos - particularly in medium format.

Ilford HP5 is also very forgiving of exposure, so you will get great results in a variety of difficult light and contrast situations.

You can also push it to 1600 speed while maintaining good detail and resolution, and after shooting it you will be able to use a wide range of home developing chemicals to nail your ideal aesthetic.

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Format: 120
Colour: B&W
Type: Negative
ISO: 400
Exposures: 12
Pack size: 1


To understand more about the details above you can check out our film guide or if you want some inspiration then head over to our page on choosing your next film.  

Ilford was founded in 1879 in the English town of the same name. They are B&W royalty in the photography industry thanks to their 140-year heritage and their support for photographers with chemicals and development as well as film. In the mid-20th Century they produced several well-regarded camera lines (including one given to Princess Elizabeth that was later stolen!) but today they are focused on producing the best films and development processes that they can.

For more information about the brand check out our bio of Ilford

Sample shots (c) Ric Capucho


Where we ship

When you buy your Ilford HP5 120 film from us we can ship it across the UK, Europe, USA, New Zealand, Australia and Canada (more countries planned soon!) So buy your Ilford HP5 Plus Film today and dive back into the fun of 120 film photography!

The Analogue WonderLab

When you’ve shot your roll of film and are looking to get it developed and scanned, then look no further than the Analogue WonderLab!

We can process your film for you, scan it at the resolution you need, and email back the files quickly and securely.

We offer FREE tracked shipping to our lab so that you can send us your negatives with total peace of mind. And our lab team are all passionate film shooters themselves, so you know that your film will get the best possible treatment!

Head to the WonderLab page here to read more details, or add the bundled developing above (if available) when you purchase your film.

Please note that our long-term aim is to offer developing for every film that we sell, but this is a work-in-progress. For full details and FAQs please head here

We send all parcels via TRACKED service - free in the UK for orders of film over £50.

This means that when you buy your film from us you will be emailed a tracking link at dispatch, and will be able to follow your parcel’s journey all the way to safe arrival.

Please note that it is not a signed service so you won’t need to be at home to receive your film, and our letterbox-friendly boxes fit through the vast majority of European letterboxes!

You will have different shipping options and costs at checkout, depending on how quickly you need your film. Please refer to the Delivery Details page for full information

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Customer Reviews

Based on 132 reviews
Analogue Explorer
Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Street Photography, Travel
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Old reliable.

Doug Weekes
Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Beginners, Portraits, Landscapes, Street Photography
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Accreditation Handles: @dmw120photography
Perfect film to begin your B/W photography journey

I inherited a Yashica Mat 124 G and recently decide to learn how to use it. HP5 was an obvious first choice for 120 film. Even as an absolute novice with a basic light metering app I was so impressed and surprised with the results! I can really see why HP5 has remained a favourite B/W film for so many decades. Will certainly be buying more rolls in the future!

William McCaffery
Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Beginners, Portraits, Landscapes, Street Photography, Architecture, Creative/Abstract, Travel, Low light/Night
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Great all round Film

This film is a timeless classic. Great tonal range can be used in so many different lighting conditions.

Stephen Ashton
Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Beginners, Portraits, Landscapes, Street Photography, Pinhole/Long-Exposure, Architecture, Creative/Abstract, Travel, Studio work, Low light/Night
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My favourite B&W film

This is my go-to B&W film: it’s cost-effective when developed at home in Ilfotec HC. I generally use at box speed for landscape, architecture and travel, but when pushed to ISO 1600, I can use it indoors at f2.8 and 1/60s using ambient lighting and it delivers great, punchy shots that really pop when printed in the darkroom.

Brian Spencer
Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Pinhole/Long-Exposure
Sharing with the Film Community: Yes
Accreditation Handles: Old bloke.

Hi folk, during Covid I needed to do something different to stop me going mad so I bought a Holga pinhole camera and some Ilford HP5 plus and decided to record where I live in the 21st century as it might have looked on film perhaps 100 years ago. The pinhole and the Ilford film did the trick. With an f number of f192 and no light meter I used the exposure calculator produced by Richard Koolish.
Ilford HP5plus has a wide tolerance for exposure (if that is the technical term to use?), so I was quite pleased with the results. Not too bad for an analogue rookie.