Shooting in monochromatic black and white is a favorite alternative among Lomographers. While most consumer films range somewhere between 100 and 400 ISO, the 50 ISO Ilford Pan F+ 50 is an exotic film. Gladly, I own a classic LC-A since the ISO range of the LC-A+ starts at 100 ISO.
But considering one of the Ilford Pan F+’s strengths, the tolerance of under and overexposing, I think there´s no problem using it with 100 ISO setting.
As mentioned before, the 50 ISO rating causes little to no grain. While high grain also looks nice with some black and white films, I enjoy the sharpness of the Ilford Pan F+. When using black and white films there’s always to consider, that it doesn’t “see” every color the same way. When taking a landscape picture with sky and clouds, for example, the white of the clouds and the blue of the sky look very similar to a black and white film. Using colored filters fixes this problem. The filters color deters the color ether been shown darker or lighter. A red filter makes red appear lighter and it’s opposite color, blue darker.
The Ilford Pan F+ is unproblematic with under and overexposure. When scanning the negatives you can adjust the pictures brightness and contrast with ease to either make it look darker and bolder or lighter.
The downside of using a Pan F+ is that it´s low ISO rating requires good lighting conditions. But using it for stills and landscapes well lit is no problem. Another remedy is using a flash.
Ilford films sure are a well-known brand and the Ilford Pan F+ is no exception.