Ilford Pan F+ (35mm, 50 iso) User-Review


Darks as black as the strongest coffee and whites as bright as new fallen snow. I used the 35mm version of Ilford Pan F+, ISO 50 and achieved the greatest contrast ever! This is one film that delivers very true blacks and whites.

Normally, I’d stay away from film reviews. All the technical chemistry information puts me to sleep faster than a live-feed of C-Span however, I recently used some WONDERFUL film and had to share my results.

It was a very bright day, not a cloud in the sky. I decided to take my kids to “The Great Dune” a very desert-y looking place at Cape Henlopen State Park in Delaware. I had some low-speed film that I had yet to use. Since I don’t use flash…well… ever, I use faster film but given the conditions I figured iso50 would work.

I loaded the Ilford Pan F+ ISO 50 into my Olympus XA2 and off we went. The images I got were stunning. First off, the contrast is amazing! I developed them myself in Ilfosol 3 for the recommended time and got excellent results. There’s also very little grain in this film. I blew some of these shots waaaay out when I was editing them and was really surprised by the smoothness. This is one roll of film I will be buying in bulk from now on. Go Ilford!

written by ipdegirl on 2009-03-18 #gear #film #ilford #35mm #review #sand #white #black #delaware #olympus-xa2 #beach #pan-f


  1. halfawakehaiku
    halfawakehaiku ·

    awesome shots!

  2. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    The place could look like covered by snow and not sand.... really great shots!

  3. ethermoon
    ethermoon ·

    great shots and of course, great developing! :)

  4. eyecon
    eyecon ·

    Yes, like Vicuna - before I read his comment - also snow is the first thing comes into my mind! Amazing gallery!

  5. stouf
    stouf ·

    Beautiful !I love N°7 !

  6. anarchy
    anarchy ·

    Awesome!! I think I need to stock up on this film now =))

  7. maddyoulook
    maddyoulook ·


  8. morsini
    morsini ·

    it looks like mars!!!!!! WOW!!!!

  9. redfactor
    redfactor ·

    excellent work, the contrast really is amazing :-)

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