Ilford Ortho 80 is a wonderful new medium format emulsion: designed for situations requiring high-resolution detail and fine grain. Its colour sensitivity is skewed towards green and blue with two benefits: landscape photography will look particularly dramatic, and the film can be handled safely under dark-red safelights for easier processing and development.
Rate at 80 under natural light and 40 under tungsten light for optimal results.
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Also available in 35mm format
Sample shots 1 and 3 (c) MattParryPhotoFilm, sample shot 2 (c) Natalie Oberg
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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Cannot recommend this film enough, not made for portraiture but it's almost all I use! Go for it!
Wonderful film, highly recommend
I was very excited when Ilford announced this film, but a bit unsure as I hadn't shot a true orthochromatic film before. I shot a mixture of things and it demonstrated great versatility delivering wonderful sharpness, it lends itself to a little bit of post processing, either in a darkroom or a computer. Maybe increase the contrast plus a little dodging or burning but I was very very happy with the images.
I suppose the thing of note is the way the highlights bloom, it reminds me a little of Kodak HIE, except much more subtle.
I'd say probably don't use it for street as that isn't where it's strengths lie and at 80 ASA you might struggle with coming in and out of buildings but don't let the slow speed put you off it is more than capable.
That rings true in general, if you're coming from digital then 80 seems very slow but it's very adequate in most outdoor situations.
I'd really recommend this film as a first step into the more interesting B&W films. If you've shot delta and want to try something different then absolutely give Ortho 80 a try.
Everything about this film is gorgeous. The tonality is exceptional and the amount of detail is stunning. You need to be accurate with your metering, but when you get it right it is just soooo lovely.
I bought this just for something different. The shots that I took without filters were fine but those where I used my usual orange filter were hopelessly underexposed - the film isn't sensitive to red/yellow light so simply adding a stop wasn't nearly enough.
I don't think I'll buy it again, Pan F has finer grain IMHO and is panchromatic. But it was an interesting experiment. But with only 5 usable negatives out of the roll a bit disappointing(user error!).