Ilford SFX 200 - 35mm Film

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Customer Reviews

Based on 27 reviews
Martin P. (Stevenage, GB)
Perfect for: Portraits, Landscapes, Pinhole/Long-Exposure, Creative/Abstract, Travel
Accreditation Handles: Martin Pettitt
Great unusual film

Great film, lots of contrast, lots of texture. Works well on bright days. Has higher than normal grain. I would definitely shoot again.

Ben G. (Lewisham, GB)
Perfect for: Landscapes, Creative/Abstract
Accreditation Handles: @bengorman78
An interesting, high quality infrared film with convenient handling properties.

Photo by reviewer: False Spirea Starburst, Cheshire, 2024.

I loaded this film and went out looking for subtle infrared effects in plants and leaves. The photographs I took were in shade rather than direct sunlight. I used a 3-stop red filter on the camera lens and therefore a tripod was needed. I have found that photographs made with this film without a red filter look very similar to normal black and white film images, so a red filter is essential if you are looking for effects.

This film should be handled and loaded into the camera in subdued light, although total darkness is not required. If you are developing the film at home, total darkness is required when loading the film onto the reel and into the developing tank, just as with regular black and white film.

This photograph of a False Spirea plant (above) was my favourite. I was delighted with the gentle glow of the leaves in the image.

Some previous testing with another roll of SFX film showed that, with my equipment, I needed to add an extra stop of exposure in addition to that determined by the through-the-lens metering (with the filter on the lens). However, I would advise bracketing in any case, because results can be a little unpredictable.

The film was developed in Ilfotec DD-X for the manufacturer's recommended time. I printed the image on Ilford Multigrade RC Deluxe (pearl) at Grade 3. I applied some dodging to the centre leaves and a little burning to the leaves at the bottom of the image.

The image uploaded here is a photograph of my print.

m.w. (Manchester, GB)
Perfect for: Architecture
How about with an elderly Rangefinder?

Using a Yashica Minister and an r72 it was great fun to see what I could achieve, involving a lot of messing about with Photoshop. The first thing I noticed was that my iso was too low, and the negatives were very grey. Next time I shall up it to 12, maybe 25 just to see what happens. There is no setting for infra red focusing, so a little twist down from infinity seemed appropriate. Sadly, carrying a tripod is not part of my usual routine, as I have cameras with stabilisation, hence all my shots are hand held, around 1/8 of a second. I could have done with one here!

Buster (Manchester, GB)
Perfect for: Landscapes, Creative/Abstract
Accreditation Handles: @busterchaytor
Use a filter for best results

A lot of people seem a bit confused by this film but the advice I would give is to use a red filter if you want to add some contrast and mild sky darkening effects and an infrared (R72) filter if you want some really cool results where blue skies turn black and vegetation glows ghostly white.

There are lots of guides online but I suggest doing some planning before you shoot, Ilford photo has a good one here

The attached photos were taken with a red (beach) and infrared (church) filter.

Martin C. (North Berwick, GB)
Perfect for: Landscapes, Street Photography, Creative/Abstract
Accreditation Handles: goodbye.1979
Amazing film!

Used this with an R72 filter and really loved the results. Beautifully ethereal images and just the right amount of grain at 200 ISO.
Will definitely be back for a LOT more!!

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