After a positive 35mm experience, I tried out Ilford Pan F 50 120 in my Lubitel to see if it matches up!
So my first introduction to low ISO film happened when I impulse-purchased some Ilford Pan F+ 50 35mm from Lomography. I tried it out on a 37 degree day, and then the rainy day after in my Olympus OM-1:
What struck me most was the near-invisible grain meaning the photos were glass-sharp, even at low shutter speeds. This crop is the actual scanned-image size, 100% zoom:
So when I saw I could get it in 120mm, I thought it to be the perfect match for my new Lubitel 166+. I was using my iPhone LightMeter app to check the shutter speed & aperture.
So I loaded up my TLR friend Sasha with Ilford Pan F+ 50 120mm, and went for a walk around Circular Quay:
And around to the Museum of Contemporary Art:
Later, my wife and I did the Bondi-To-Coogee Cliff walk. I brought along my Lubitel, but only took 1 light reading (f9, 125), at the start of the walk (I was worried that I would drop my phone off a cliff if I was fumbling too much with it). While bright, it was a windy, hazy day, with rough seas, and salt spray. I had to stop & clear off my glasses & lenses several times.
When I got the photos back, I noticed they weren’t as razor-sharp as those from my OM-1. I attribute that to the hazy day, the larger film format, and the different lens.
Also, I noticed the 120mm was far more likely to have grey tones, rather than the stark black-and-white contrast of the 35mm.
Here’s the actual scanned-image size, 100% zoom:
The grain is still tiny, but it’s far more noticeable than the 35mm version.
So would I buy again? Absolutely. While the 35mm gave more consistent results, I’m eager to experiment more with the 120mm, to see how the film will react.