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Ilford HP5 plus (120, 400) User-Review

It is a Great film, has nice blacks and whites, but the grey lacks a bit for my taste though.

This is a so-called real black & white film, that means no C-41 processing. It gives you real nice contrasts. As a result, you’ll deep blacks and whites that are really white! For my taste however, it lacks a little bit in the grey areas – not as contrasty and defined as they should be. Also, it is almost impossible to get nice cloudsscapes. I noticed, with the Holga, the sky just turns white, despite the use of filters and what not.

Nevertheless, I am a shameless fan of this Ilford child. The darker your motive, the bigger grain you’ll have. If you do doubles, the grain gets larger too! If you like these kind of things, then there’s nothing to loose upon loading this film in your camera! You can shoot any day or night time, indoors and outdoors! at ISO 400, you won’t be disappointed, I guarantee you! And most of all, it is affordable and you can develop it yourself for cheap!

written by vimalakirti

11 comments

  1. eyecon

    eyecon

    So retro! Fantastic!

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  2. smclemon

    smclemon

    Nice pics. "I noticed, with the Holga, the sky just turns white, despite the use of filters and what not." - this isn't Mr HP5+'s fault. At ISO 400 during daytime the Holga (~1/100th sec, f/8-ish) hasnt a quick enough shutter speed or small enough aperture, so it'll look a bit washed and white :(

    However this reminds me I am gonna have to get some more HP5 as I do like the stuff :D

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  3. smclemon

    smclemon

    by "it" i mean "the sky"

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  4. stouf

    stouf

    Nice ! I love N°5 !

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  5. rater

    rater

    Nice photos!!!

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  6. vicuna

    vicuna

    Great gallery of shots with a cool vintage touch! :))

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  7. panelomo

    panelomo

    ... haven't tried ilford - this review will make me wanna buy one later.

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  8. d_i_d

    d_i_d

    1th pic of the gallery is excellent!

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  9. azurblue

    azurblue

    Great film and great gallery !!!

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  10. otterattack

    i bought a film which i think was this stuff... i don't know but the pictures are kinda like this...

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  11. redfactor

    beautiful mysterious quality to your photos

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