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Ilford HP5 (35mm, 400 iso)

A faster film with more grain and stronger contrast. Whites are super-bright, blacks are super-bold, and it's all good! Go ahead and live it up a little - we ain't gonna tell nobody!

A faster film with more grain and stronger contrast. Whites are super-bright, blacks are super-bold, and it’s all good! Go ahead and live it up a little – we ain’t gonna tell nobody!

It is a high speed, medium contrast film that is suitable for action and press photography and also an excellent choice for general purpose photography. With a speed of ISO 400, it yields negatives of outstanding sharpness and fine grain under all lighting conditions.

You like it grainy? You like high speed black-white? Then grab yourself some Ilford HP5 and let’s go out shooting some action!The HP5 is a fast black-white film with excellent contrast and a good grain. Like all Ilford films it is a real black-white film: strong shadows and punchy highlights. Depending on the light-situation it either gives you a very grainy black-white picture or a soft overexposed greyscale one. Both can be very interesting and if you know how the film reacts you can play with these different characteristics. Use the HP5 in bright sunlight and it will turn out a bit overexposed – depends how you use your shutter settings – use it in low ligth situations and it will be grainy and have a high contrast. It really is an all purpose film that you can use in every situation due to its high ASA.” – graefin

I haven’t (yet) shot many rolls with this film, but I have processed and scanned a few for my girlfriend, and I’ve got to say I like it quite much! Its being quite fast allows you to shoot with either low lights or high speeds (which is perfect for shooting freestyle bicycle or any other sport, which can look great in black and white). I usually process it in Rodinal at 1+50 dillution, 11 minutes (not even so long) for a smooth and tiny grain, great blacks and contrasts, well, a B&W film like I love’em! Oh and looking at the sky outside reminds me another great thing about this film… It can make great pictures on dirty cloudy days!” – Champi

Gallery credits:

photos 11-17 by graefin

photos 18-26 by Champi

photos 31-48 by MissKhali

written by fookshit

6 comments

  1. peter

    peter

    Where are the images?

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  2. pan_dre

    pan_dre

    Here they are!

    over 6 years ago · report as spam
  3. vicuna

    vicuna

    I just sent a review+pics of this film! Hope you get it :)

    over 6 years ago · report as spam
  4. misskhali

    misskhali

    woa! my first time in the blog! i'm honoured! thx

    over 6 years ago · report as spam
  5. alexeiz

    Marvelous film indeed!

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  6. callumbum

    callumbum

    Its an alright film, not my fave

    about 6 years ago · report as spam