Comparing 5 of the Most Popular B&W Films


Want to begin with black-and-white photography but don't know which film to use? After all, each B&W film are unique of their own! Fear not, photographer Hans Rosemond dipped his hands on with five of the most popular B&W films: Kodak T-Max 400, Ilford XP2 Super, Kodak Tri-X 400, Ilford HP5 Plus, and the Ilford Delta 400.

Rosemond compares each film by studying the grain, sharpness and values of the film's results in 400 ISO, since they're the most practical for frequent use. He distinguished the T-Max to have a flatter, less contrasting and sharp result, perfect for those just shifting from digital to film; the Ilford XP2, because it is processed in C-41, is easier to develop in regular labs and has superb contrasts and film grain quality, also fitting for those used to digital photo quality; the Tri-X is a very vintage film with sharp and gritty results, great for pushing and pulling; the HP5 Plus, compared to the Tri-X is less grainy and shadows less contrasting and a bit challenging to use, but it's perfect for mastering lights and shadows; and the Delta is sharper than the HP5 Plus with a bit of Tri-X quality in there.

Find out more comparisons of the films through this video.

Preview image was taken from the video.

2017-01-23 #gear #videos #monochrome #b-w #kodak-t-max-400 #kodak-tri-x-400 #ilford-hp5-plus #ilford-delta-400 #film-photography #black-and-white-photography #ilford-xp2-super


  1. akula
    akula ·

    I have used the Ilford Hp5 film and HC-110 developer for many years and just started using Rodinal as my developer - the developer choice can make a big difference - more than the film choice - finding the right camera/film/developer combination for a given image is challenge - experiment. Thanks for posting this video.

  2. bsmith
    bsmith ·

    I'm currently running a roll of xp2 through my AE-1 and it's the first time I've used b&w film. Excited for the results. The tri X looks cool though. Might need to try that.

  3. giandoman
    giandoman ·

    I've been using hp5 for a while and developing it in rodinal. Maybe not the best in terms of sharpness and grain reducing...but I like the style a big classic. I used the other films except for trig which was hard to find. Thanks for the comparison.

  4. mlester
    mlester ·

    Nice comparison! I wish there was maybe Fujifilm Acros Neopan and some Rollei for a greater window of choices!

  5. objectionableconformity
    objectionableconformity ·

    I've had a lot of fun with Delta 100.

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