Ilford HP5 Plus 400 B&W ISO 400 35mm Film - 36 Exposures
Our Price: £5.25 GBP100140
The iconic Ilford emulsion, the slightly larger grain structure in the Ilford HP5 Plus 400 film will provide a wonderful vintage look to your photos. This 35mm black and white 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) Bezalel Ben-Chaim
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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 35mm B&W ISO 400 today and dive back into the fun of 35mm film photography!
HP5+ is a traditional grain, high speed black and white film, popular through all of its incarnations throughout history. I only rate this film four stars as it does exactly what one would expect. Rather, it’s simply a standard black and white film, that gives reasonable results with fair to good contrast / high dynamic range. I usually develop mine with Perceptol, which loses almost a full stop of speed when compared to box. Even with a fine grain, high acutance developer, I find the image quality to be acceptable but not truly capable of huge prints if image sharpened and quality is your game. Despite this, it’s more than capable of demanding a wonderful image in varying light and contrast situations, making it ideal for general photography, reportage and travel photography. I have since been shooting TMax 400 as my go to high speed black and white for comparatively sharper and finer images but I wouldn’t be remotely upset if HP5+ was all the camera store had.
A beautifully smooth and silky film. HP5 is a staple film for many people. A lot of people compare it to Tri-x but I feel they both have very different feels to them - the only similarity being that they're both black and white 400 from a similar generation but the tone and feel of the photos is quite different so I can find good uses for both. For portraits and planned photos I much prefer the HP5 film. If I had to choose, I would say that I slightly prefer HP5 for the silky smooth pictures. The film has character without being over the top about it, and that's what I like about it. It is quite a personal preference though - my advice would be to try a roll and see what you think. And have a look at different images online so you can get a feel for what it's like. There's a reason it's so popular. 5 stars.
You can't really go wrong with this one - well documented and huuge exposure latitude so you can be as lazy or creative as you like with exposing it. Shoot around box speed for flatter images with plenty of shadow detail, over/underexpose to cater for particular tastes. It's also super cheap as well as super versatile - what's not to love!
In my opinion, this is the best 35mm black and white film on the market. It shoots amazing well in all lighting situations and can be pushed up to 1600/3200 without losing much detail either!
Develops super well with ilford chemistry such as Ilfosol 3 or DD-X. Negatives dry amazingly flat also, which helps massively with scanning or using in the darkroom.
I’ll be leaving reviews throughout the website with pictures for full frame scans, so if you’re like me who loves to see the entire image and border, you can see what the results will be like.
Can’t really fault this stock too much, it has appealing grain for a 400 speed film and lends itself nicely to different shooting scenarios. The slightly flat look when exposed at box speed gives you more flexibility within a modern workflow compared to other, more contrasty stocks and HP5 handles push processing very well (the attached examples were pushed to 800). Whats more, it’s at a pretty reasonable price. Top job :)