Ilford Pan F Plus 50 — one of the smoothest monochromes on the market! This extremely fine-grained B&W film manages contrast and a wide tonal range with style.
I tend to shoot higher speed films in most of my cameras, but the fast lens of my Horizon Perfekt was just begging for a smooth slow monochrome. That’s how I came to discover Ilford’s beautiful Pan F 50.
The grain in this film is spectacular. It’s a wash of smooth gradient tones with rich deep shadows and finely balanced highlights.
I use a light meter when shooting a fully manual camera like the Horizon, so I can say that it is a true ISO 50. Like most good monochromes though, it’s very forgiving and has a wide dynamic range.
This is the perfect film for sunny architecture shots and urban scenes with a wide range of tones. It gives every photo the feeling that it should be printed LARGE and displayed on a wall.
My only critique of this fine film is that it seems a tad fragile. When I was first getting used to my Horizon, I had some issues with several rolls of film breaking. In most cases, this was a failure on my part to load the film correctly. However, it still seems strange to me that 3 of the 4 broken rolls were Pan F 50. Since then, I’ve learned to load the film correctly and have not broken any more rolls.
I think the results are worth handling this film with care — a definite sunny day favorite!