I have never been a big fan of Ilford but because I am working on a project I thought I would order some and see if my view has changes. It has you can get some quire nice contrast out of the film. I developed it in ilford microphen and the grain was far less then I was expecting to be honest. Worth having a go with this film!
Works great in outdoor natural lights, decent grain size and affordable price!
Great film even works amazing in low light indoor environments as seen in the shot. Fine grain even in low light!
I really like the way this film handles blues, a bit too contrasty for me.
I have used this film before and am very impressed with it.
I came a cross a development formula in the book Experimental Photography.
It uses instant coffee as the main ingredient
The formula is
400 gr instant coffee
54 gr sodium carbonate
16 gr Ascorbic acid
1 gr Potassium Bromide
All mixed with water to produce a 1 ltr stock solution.
I was dubious that this would work but I tried it out
Film loaded into an old rollei 35 camera and e12xposed F11 at 1/125
Then developed for 10 min at 20c
I like the results let me know what you think
I bought this film to shoot in my Chroma camera snapshot. I got the camera in late summer and have mostly been shooting paper negatives, not believing that I could develop sheet film with the kit that I have.
Following a YouTube video I decided to get some of this.
Although expired aerographic film, its great and works really well.
I really like this film. The packaging is beautiful and, being old enough to remember the moon landings, is very evocative.
Even the tape that secures the film to prevent it unspooling has a cosmonaut with a camera on it.
The kosmo foto mono film gives great negatives that dry flat and scan easily, so really good for beginners. It works well with the pixl-ator too, from that point of view.
I'm very pleased with the results.
This film seems the obvious choice and it is. But that doesn't mean that its boring or unadventurous. It's a well loved film that has been in production for a long time. The key to getting great pictures is paying attention to metering. Expose for the shadows and let the highlights look after themselves. While this may seem unnecessarily technical, it will reward you with beautiful pictures. That said you can get good pictures anyway because this film is very forgiving. I've been shooting this film in 6x9 format and the huge negatives are amazing.
While not the cheapest B+W film out there XP2 Super is one of my favourites. No it's not as fine as FP4+, it doesn't have the contrast of Tri-X or the affordable grain fest that is Foma 400, but with a red filter I think it is perfectly contrasty enough, there is some texture (albeit different to traditional B+W) but not overpowering and the cost of C-41 processing for those of us that don't develop our own film is lower than B+W chemistry. However all that said the key selling point for me is the latitude you get. Ilford reckon you can rate it at anything between 50 and 800 ISO on the same roll with no changes to development which is a godsend. It allows you to just put a roll in and not worry too much. I don't use a camera with an internal light meter so that flexibility makes life a lot easier and drastic mistakes a lot rarer. These images were taken rating the film at 400 but then using a red filter and I still didn't need to allow as many stops compensation as perhaps I ought. All in all a great flexible film and also available in 120 thank goodness.
Fine grained and great value. Gives good low contrast and detail. Have used for family portraits with very pleasing results. Will definitely use more of this in good light. Highly recommended for beginners.
Works brilliantly in low light and difficult conditions. Great contrast with no ultra black shadows. Have used for landscapes and portraits. Extremely reliable and always delivers.
Amazing soft grain which seems to gently burnish skin in the right light. Renders pale blues and greens extremely well. Can be foxed by super bright oranges, but small price to pay! Simply the best and love everything about it. Can't wait for summer!
FP4 is great all rounder, lovely contrast and great for beginners!
Ektar is one of my all time favourite film to use. The colours it produces are always bright and full of colour!
I've used this for regular B&W photography where it is rather high contrast, but nonetheless does the job well. Great for atmospheric street photography, architecture or creative work. But I want to concentrate this review on the infrared properties of this film. It's not an IR film as such, but does have IR sensitivity in addition to it's regular panchromatic properties. So, slap an IR720 filter on your camera, meter for ISO25 and you can take infrared shots. With Rollei Retro 400 such shots are simply stunning when you get them right.
As a regular B&W pan film, it is a little high contrast but within this constraint it's lovely and cheap.
Sample shots all taken with an IR720 filter, Yashica Minister III camera
IMO this is an amazing value for money! This is the first film I purchased when I stepped into the world of large format. I am almost at the end of my box and you can be sure I'll be ordering some more in the near future!
First off my sample image does not do this film justice. The contrast is rich and the images this film can produce are the best I've ever seen from any Polaroid film. This actually rivals 35mm film in the quality and character of the photographs you can take. Fun and creative. Great for portraits, street scenes, and experimenting.
This is the real stuff, when you think "black and white film" you probably conjure up images of deep contrasty images with noticeable but pleasing grain. That's Fomapan 100 in a nutshell and since trying it in 2015 it has become my "go to" medium speed film. I've shot about 100 rolls and it's never let me down. No scratches, no lines, unlike the 1* reviewer I process all my film myself and I don't need to take any more care with Fomapan than I do with the big brand B&W films. It's also a joy to handle as it doesn't curl, dries almost flat and is easy to print or scan.
I tend to shoot at box speed, others suggest 80 or even 64 ISO. I don't find the need to over-expose or over-develop using ID-11 stock. Mileage may vary with diluted ID-11 or developers like Rodinal. What I find is that I get exactly what I would expect from an old school B&W film. This reacts to light just like the Plus-X and HP4 I learned on in the 70s and 80s. Beautiful contrast from almost ink black to white. A yellow filter will help bring out detail in bright skies. I don't even bother with FP4+ now, or Delta 100 or TMAX 100. Lovely films though they are, Fomapan 100 gets my vote at this end of the speed scale.
This is believed to be strongly related to the Kodacolor 400 of the late 1990s. As such it has a less "modern" look than some films. The colours are quite neutral, it won't make a dull day look bright or a sunny day pop out at you. But it will render scenes quite accurately. I haven't had any backing paper issues but this film does tend to fog a little right at the edges - in the rebate area not affecting the frame. This could be due to the backing paper not being quite as wide as that you find on Kodak, Fuji and other brands? Not a problem if you keep your exposed rolls in the dark.
Like other older formulae, this isn't as forgiving of under-exposure as some modern films but it's fine at box speed. Over expose 1/3 stop and you're probably safer. Good, solid medium/high speed colour negative films. Prints and scans well.
First time out with this film, I went to the ruins of a mediaeval castle near Edinburgh. It performed brilliantly at rendering the atmosphere of the place. Full tonal range, and easy to handle. These images were made in an Agfa Isolette folder, and stand processed in Rodinal. Super quality, contrast and flexibility. Take a roll with you anywhere.
I wanted to try this film to see those halo effects and it's really cool but I have to mention that the portraits are amazing too.
If you want to have some fun with bubbles you should try this film. On my first roll I saw these lovely bubbles much better on the shadows, great for abstract landscape images.
Got this film whilst it was on promotion in the summer - finally got around to using it in November/December. Loading the film I found the numbers on the backing very faint, and there was only a small KODAK on the paper before you got to the frame number.
Unsurprisingly this film has a very fine grain, but what I did find is that there is less exposure latitude than some other films I have used, also some of the photos came out with slightly strange or greenish colour, but others had beautiful warm colours.
This is the first time I have tried FP4 in medium format, I made a mistake loading it and didn't get the tension right and also managed to wind past the first number. That meant I got a fat roll.
That said, the photos came out very pleasing with lots of range.
All I would say is that shooting a slower ISO rather than the 400 speed HP5+ didn't really give me any benefits, and the grain is not really noticeable on either film when you are shooting 6x6. I may give this film another try in the summer, but for now I will stick with my other faster films.
So this is really about 1000ISO, but with the film's characteristics made such that it performs best at 3200ISO, and can be pushed two stops further if needed. I've always used this in low light conditions such as in music clubs or at night in the streets or indoors. There's nothing else like Delta 3200. You can push 400ISO B&W films to 3200 but that tends to give very high contrast which can crush the darker greys to black. With D3200 you get a better tonal range and can shoot film in situations where you otherwise just cannot.
Sample image shot on a 1937 Zeiss-Ikon Ikonta.