Ilford HP5 Plus Film 120 B&W ISO 400
Our Price: £5.00 GBP100141
The iconic medium format Ilford emulsion, the slightly larger grain structure will provide a wonderful vintage look to your photos. This 120 film is also very forgiving of wide exposure range so you will get good results in a variety of difficult light and contrast situations.
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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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Sample shots (c) Ric Capucho
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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 your Ilford HP5 Plus Film 120 B&W ISO 400 today and dive back into the fun of 120 film photography!
I wanted to explore what medium format has to offer. Analogue film in vintage cameras offers an easily accessible route to do this. I've been using an old folding camera (Ensign) a box camera (the box camera is a 620 but I used 120 rerolled onto a 620 spool) and more recently a Bronica SQ-A. The robust, reliable and forgiving performance of Ilford HP5 and FP4 made them an obvious choice for me as starting point..
I shoot more HP5 than anything else, largely down to its flexibility and fantastic value for money. It gives relatively low-contrast results, which works well for me as I can dial in the contrast how and where I want it. There is of course some grain, but (particularly in 120) it's not intrusive. There have also been shots where as I've fired the shutter I've realised I had the exposure set up all wrong... and I've still got a very usable result out of the other end. In short, why are you still reading this and not already buying some?
I enjoy shooting HP5, especially in 120 flavour, as it's always available, produces consistently good results, and is often the cheapest option for b&w 120 film. I find the film is a little flatter than something like Tri-X which in my experience is a bit more contrasty. That being said, I find HP5 has a bit more latitude when it comes to correcting slightly off exposures once scanned or even in the darkroom. I also really like the results that HP5 gives when pushing by a stop or 2 - in fact for my liking it renders nicer contrast at 800 or 1600 iso without losing much detail to grain. Certainly a great go-to choice for b&w photography.
This film is always given to students at our workshops - it is easy to use and even when it all goes drastically wrong you still get something half decent out of it. I usually use it with a Mamiya 645 and it is a pleasure to load, unload, process and print from. As you can see from my examples I overexposed my photographs and they still came out looking alright. Definitely a good one to practice and experiment with.