Ilford SFX 200 - 120 Film

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Description

SFX 200 film from Ilford is a premium B&W film created for high-quality and high-detail infrared photography. Add an intense red filter to get unique and powerful images.

As always with infrared we recommend aiming your camera at full vegetation and dramatic cloudy skies. In medium format this infrared film will dazzle with its detail and other-worldly impact.

 

Specification

Format: 120
Colour: B&W
Type: Infrared
ISO: 200
Exposures: 12
Pack size: 1

 

To understand more about the details above you can check out our film guide or if you want some inspiration then head over to our page on choosing your next film. And if you want the full details about the film, including technical information, read about Ilford over on EMULSIVE.

 

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.

For more information about the brand check out our bio of Ilford

Sample shots (c) Tea, two sugars and Antony Shepherd used under CC2.0 licence

 

Where we ship

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 120 B&W ISO 200 today and dive back into the fun of medium format film photography!

The Analogue WonderLab

When you’ve shot your roll of film and are looking to get it developed and scanned, then look no further than the Analogue WonderLab!

We can process your film for you, scan it at the resolution you need, and email back the files quickly and securely.

We offer FREE tracked shipping to our lab so that you can send us your negatives with total peace of mind. And our lab team are all passionate film shooters themselves, so you know that your film will get the best possible treatment!

Head to the WonderLab page here to read more details, or add the bundled developing above when you purchase your film.

Please note that our long-term aim is to offer developing for every film that we sell, but this is a work-in-progress. For full details and FAQs please head here

How Does the Bundled Developing Work?

To make your analogue adventures even easier (and cheaper!) we’ve implemented the option to pre-pay for your processing when you buy your film. This means that you choose your developing and scanning options on this page, via the little tick-box above, and add everything to basket for an immediate 10% saving on all processing costs.

Your film will be dispatched in line with our usual shipping times (full details here) and you will also get an email with instructions on sending the film back to the WonderLab (with tracked shipping - on us!)

When you have shot the film - whether that takes you a day, month or year - you generate the free tracked postage label by following the simple instructions from the email, and pop it in the post with a note of your original order number. We’ll do the rest!

So buy the bundle and relax into the shooting process, knowing that you’ll get to see the final results from your photography, without having to reach for your wallet again.

Happy Shooting!

We send all parcels via TRACKED service - free in the UK for orders of film over £50.

This means that when you buy your film from us you will be emailed a tracking link at dispatch, and will be able to follow your parcel’s journey all the way to safe arrival.

Please note that it is not a signed service so you won’t need to be at home to receive your film, and our letterbox-friendly boxes fit through the vast majority of European letterboxes!

You will have different shipping options and costs at checkout, depending on how quickly you need your film. Please refer to the Delivery Details page for full information

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Customer Reviews

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Ian Craig
Perfect for: Landscapes, Architecture, Creative/Abstract
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Great for bold effects

Before using this film I checked the advice from the Ilford website. You absolutely need a tripod and a IR filter - I used a Hoya R72.
Choice of camera helps. With an SLR you won't be able to see anything with the filter in place - A TLR or Rangefinder will be easier to use. I used my Mamiya C220 TLR.
Pick a bright sunny day to get the best results. Overcast conditions will give dull, grey results.
For exposure your exposure meter will not be accurate, and it is best to use a modified version of the "Sunny 16" rule. For sunny conditions it's best to start with 1 second at F8 (using the R72 filter) and bracket 1-2 stops either side.
Follow that and you'll get great results. Skies are dark, foliage is almost luminescent, and stone buildings shine !

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Nick Hood
Perfect for: Landscapes, Creative/Abstract
Lots of fun

I bought this film and some IR filters to have a play with the idea of shooting "near" infrared. This isn't a true IR film -- it's a perfectly good B&W film at 200 ISO -- but it is sensitive to infrared light, so if you put a 760nm filter on and add about 6-8 stops to your exposure, you get a mysterious whitening of foliage that changes the entire mood of a landscape.

I put this roll in a Fuji GW690ii "Texas Leica" rangefinder 6x9 on a trip to Dunkeld and the Hermitage Forest in Scotland. In autumn, there's not so much chlorophyll, which I think would render foliage brighter white, but I'm quite pleased with the results and will come back for more.

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Ian T
Perfect for: Landscapes, Pinhole/Long-Exposure, Creative/Abstract
Pricey! But Good...

Another 3.5 star film for me, and this time because of the price. I'll tend to wait for it to go short date before picking up and here's why. (current price £13)

It's not really any better than Rollei 400 IR in my opinion, and certainly not worth twice the price. If this ever drops to within shouting distance of the Rollei film I may try another roll. It's also ISO 200 which means longer exposure times with a red filter (ISO 25 is pushing it for hand-held use with this) or an IR720nm filter. The reciprocity is less flexible too, and when you couple this with (for example) an IR filter, it can make for some silly (6 minute+) exposure times.

I shot this side by side with the Rollei film when I was looking for my "IR go to" film, and there's not much in it quality wise between the two - certainly to my old eyes. Sharpness is very good, and the grain is pleasing (to my old eyes anyway). It's a great film, but hard to buy at the price point when there's others just as good for less money.

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Oliver Clarke
Perfect for: Landscapes
Great for dramatic Landscapes

I use this for landscapes with a dark red or orange filter to get some dramatic skies and a lot of detail in the distance even if it's a bit hazy.

The film is quite sensitive to light leaks etc so good to load /unload in subdued light and wouldn't use if the lights seals/bellows on the camera aren't super tight.

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Adrian Cullen
Perfect for: Landscapes, Creative/Abstract
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Quality at a price

The main point of using SFX200 is to utilise it's near IR sensitivity. It doesn't give that IR until a 720nm IR filter is used. Red or dark red filters will darken skies but only lighten foliage a little.

Grain can be a bit of issue but this can be tamed by developing in an ultra fine grain developer such as Perceptol. It has more controlled contrast compared to the extremes seen with the Rollei films. Retro 80s can for example yield blown highlights and limited shadow details on the same negative. Even more importantly is that the Ilford film is produced to a much higher standard than the Rollei films judging by the number of times I've experienced emulsion artefacts with the latter. The big BUT of course is the price. It's double the price of the Rollei films. Its a shame as it's a great emulsion which would no doubt be used more if it wasn't so expensive.