Ilford Pan F Plus 50 (35mm)


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.

Credits: russheath

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.

Credits: russheath

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.

Photo by russheath

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.

Credits: russheath

I think the results are worth handling this film with care — a definite sunny day favorite!

written by russheath on 2011-07-25 #gear #film #black-and-white #monochrome #ilford #review #film-review #35mm-film #b-w #lomography #iso-50 #user-review #requested #ilford-pan-f-plus-50


  1. buckshot
    buckshot ·

    I have a roll of Pan F 50 120 roll-film lined up next for use in my Lubitel 166B... hope the results are as good as yours! (And I'll take extra care when loading it - thanks for the warning.)

  2. veato
    veato ·

    Nice pics. I fancy getting a roll now for my Silvi F2.8

  3. russheath
    russheath ·

    Thanks, guys!

    @buckshot -- I think it's made for the Lubitel . . .

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