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.