HP is a cubic-grain black-and-white film from Ilford Photo with a long history. It originated as Hypersensitive Panchromatic plates in Since then it has progressed through a number of versions, with HP5 plus (HP5+ for short) being the latest. The main competitor of Ilford HP5 Plus is Kodak Tri-X It is my opinion that some photographers mistakenly regard ILFORD HP5 PLUS and its predecessors to be a somewhat cheaper alternative to. Rank, Latest Photo, Photos, Topics, Joined Group. #1, greenlapwing, , 0, 9 years ago. #2, Yriy Karpenko, , 0, 1 year ago. #3, franco-li, , 0, 3 years ago.

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Its wide exposure latitude makes it a great choice for beginners, those returning to film as well as the more experienced professional users. HP5 PLUS can be processed in a wide range of different developers using spiral tanks, deep tanks, and automatic processors. My results suggest they could stretch this at least a couple of stops faster — more on that further down.

Bulk reels in 17 and Medium format roll film is provided on a 0. It is currently available in format lengths and has edge markings running from 1 to The product line was expanded to include cine film, aerial film and yes, more of those plates. Immediate film speed increases across the board. The HP line welcomed a newcomer in A part three at EI is coming. The film typically responds with a medium contrast result when shot and developed at its box speed of ISO As mentioned above, there can be some fall-off in shadow detail in especially dark scenes but this can be controlled in development and hl5 importantly, used to artistic effect.

It is perfectly possible to get a high contrast result although not overpoweringly so if that is not your aim. I metered for the petals of the lily at EI and developed the film for a little over a 1. Both developers, especially the Rodinal in a semi-stand will increase edge sharpness, giving the feeling of greater contrast without necessarily building up too much contrast across the entire frame.


Shoot the film at box speed, expose for the average meter reading of your entire scene and you will welcome a ilfird brush of grey tones to your photography.

Ilford HP5 Plus Black and White Negative Film B&H Photo

Push the film, even a little, and things start getting interesting. Here are a few examples from a single roll. Perhaps not the best but an indication of the possibilities at least. I have an EI and EI test in the works, so watch this space.

From a scanning perspective, the film has been a joy to use. The film is available in 35mm single boxed rolls, roll ilflrd they look like candy! Oh, and there are single-use 35mm cameras available, too.

The film is also available in medium format, although not in or pro-pack offerings.

In my opinion, the film is too often labeled as a response to, and subsequently considered inferior to Kodak Tri-X by many photographers. Perhaps this is a geographic bias, with those from North America favouring one and those from Europe the other?

In this respect I personally find it easier to use because I can achieve so much diversity of tonality on a single roll of film, allowing me to shoot to my mood. At the very least, trying to dispel a few myths is a good place to start. You can help by contributing your thoughts, work and ideas to inspire others reading these pages. Take action and help drive an open, collaborative community: Like what olford see here? It was loaded with the ISO film I use the most: This is my 2nd rangefinder camera the 1st being a Canonet.

Fortunately, the Contax S2 has a built in […]. It is so versatile I ilforv shoot almost any subject in almost any light.


Film review: ILFORD HP5 PLUS in 35mm, 120 and sheet formats

Processing may be a bit difficult, but I would make it […]. You mean underexposed, example EIand push process for one stop.

ph5 Overexposed would be EIpull N-1shorten develop time…. Hp5 is light years behind the shadow detail and small grain of Tri-X. I cannot believe that people still try to fool everyone that they are alike. I just checked and they are exactly the same price at the np5 online stores where I get my film.

When I started using it, it was slightly more expensive than Tri-X, since it was imported. If you work with either of them, pick a developer, ilfird carefully and take notes, you can get any effect you want.

But I make wet prints in a darkroom. If you scan, your mileage will vary. Somewhere I have a clipping with a letter to the editor complaining that if Ilford really went ahead with discontinuing HP3, it would mean the end of photography as we know it. Apparently he was wrong. Thank for ph5 very thorough appraisal. Extremely useful review of this film. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam.

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I am Maxime Evangelista and this is why…. All format 35mm ilfird 65mm format Large format Medium format. Home Articles Film review: How can I help you? Black and white negative film in 35mm format. Push processed one stop.

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