Ilford SFX 200 - 35mm Film
SFX 200 film from Ilford is a premium B&W film created for high-quality and high-detail infrared photography. Pair it with an intense red filter for unique and powerful images.
As always with infrared we recommend aiming your camera at full vegetation and dramatic skies. Or experiment with portraits and flashes for a very different look!
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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.
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When you buy your camera film from us we can ship it across the UK, Europe, USA, New Zealand, Australia and Canada (more countries planned soon!) So buy Ilford SFX Film 35mm B&W ISO 200 today and dive back into the fun of 35mm film photography!
Ilford state that this film, while not being infrared gives similar results. Without having access to an infrared film we are never going to know for sure. It does, without doubt give dramatic results when paired with a dark red filter - I used an R29 from Tiffen. I had very satisfying results with the film in a Pentax MX and 24mm f2.8 A series lens. Ilford recommend bracketing shots by 2 stops. I found that 2 stops underexposure worked best compared with the Pentax MX meter reading through the R29 filter. I think this may also have been related to choosing primary subjects that were red or white, ensuring plenty of red light for the film to record.
I found some of my shots at larger apertures looked a bit soft and I'm not sure if this was because of difficulty in accurate focus through such a dark red filter or my lens being unable to focus the extended red wavelengths of light on the same plane as other wavelengths. My bracketed shots when stopped down look sharp.
Shots with people in look ghostly, with dark skies, stark clouds, and ethereal vegetation all achievable. It pays to think carefully about composition and the colour of your primary subject.
I developed the film in ID-11 to Ilford's instructions. All fine.
Quite grainy for an ISO 200 film, but all in all very pleasing and great fun.
this was one of the first infrared rolls i've shot so i probably didn't use it to its full potential, but i still really liked some of the images. paired it with a red filter which worked best with landscapes / foliage shots whilst on a sunny holiday. easily fixable red cast but that may have been the labs issue. not a huge fan of how portraits look with this film, i would probably avoid taking them with this.
This film is great for landscape or architecture, particularity on a slightly misty or hazy day the infrared will help cut through that and show more detail than may have been visible on the day.
Throw on a dark red or orange filter for some dramatic skies.
Was perhaps expecting more an artistic outcome from the Ilford SFX. Shoot outdoor on both a sunny and overcast day using an Olympus 35SP however did not capture much infrared effect, however the results are sharp and full of micro details.
Definitely a good film - was able to use it also in a museum, however once again the result - although pretty good - was not up to the expectation. Perhaps needs to be paired with a red filter to enhance the effect. Perhaps not for beginners like me :-)
Pictures below are taken at box speed and hand developed using HC110 with recommended times.