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Ilford HP5 (35mm, 400 iso) user-review

A friend in the darkroom: The most user friendly B&W film for analogue fiends... Its does all the hard work so you don't have to worry that much for a quite daunting process of doing monochrome photography.

A friend in the darkroom: The most user friendly B&W film for analogue fiends… Its does all the hard work so you don’t have to worry that much for a quite daunting process of doing monochrome photography.

If you are doing B&W hand printing, Ilford HP5 is a great ally… it is one of the most versatile films out there. If you want your pics to have high contrast you can do that and if you want to flatten your image a bit, that’s not a problem either. You can get away with almost anything!

I also like to point out the grainy quality of the photos which gives it a great atmospheric touch…

Of course, being B&W is not the most cost effective of films to use but if you are interested in doing things the old-fashioned analogue way, i strongly recommend this one as a perfect film to start with…

The only warning I would give is to get it processed in a professional lab with a contact sheet and not on a high-street minilab because their machines leave the emulsion badly scratched and covered in dust… which could look interesting but quite often looks bad.

written by lolfox

1 comment

  1. notcub

    cool..

    almost 6 years ago · report as spam