HP5 Plus is a fast black and white film. It is ideal for action, available light and general purpose photography. It is designed to give optimum results under most lighting conditions and when processed in a wide range of developers. HP5 Plus is rated at ISO 400/27° when exposed to daylight. HP5 Plus has the fine grain, good edge contrast and sharpness required to give excellent image quality. These characteristics give prints with outstanding brightness and a full tonal range. HP5 Plus, though, is more than an ISO 400/27° film. By extending development with some developers, for example ILFORD ILFOTEC HC and ILFORD MICROPHEN, it is possible to use meter settings up to EI 3200/36. This makes HP5 Plus the ideal film for all photography where factors such as poor lighting and moving subjects demand greatest emulsion sensitivity. HP5 Plus is compatible with all current processing systems including those which give the standard short fixing and washing times. There is no need to change standard processing techniques when switching to HP5 Plus, or any other ISO 400/27° film. HP5 Plus is very robust during processing, giving excellent results under most conditions, and will also tolerate processing conditions that are less than ideal. HP5 Plus 35mm film is supplied in DX Coded cassettes, so the film speed of ISO 400/27° is set automatically on automatic 35mm cameras. These cassettes are very strong and have the end caps firmly fixed to the body. This ensures the caps remain in position during rough handling. The combination of the tangential style cassette and the film's low friction characteristics allows the film to advance easily, thus saving battery wear. The base tint of HP5 Plus enables easy print contrast assessment on a light box. For easy negative identification, it also has bold frame numbering for whole frames and letters to indicate half frame numbering.
When I shoot in bright conditions and don't want grain, I go to Pan F Plus, also by Ilford. But when I want gritty BW photos in any light, I go for HP5 Plus. I'm a new user to this film, but it's already my go-to for BW shooting when speed is of the essence. Ilford claims HP5 Plus is formulated for push processing, and I believe it. It's a pretty average film when shot as rated, but when you shoot it at 800 or even 1600, it becomes grainy, gritty, contrasty and beautiful. I'm a little crazy -- I shot the push test rolls in broad daylight -- but I was thrilled by the results. You can supposedly push it all the way to 3200, but I haven't tried that yet. You don't lose a whole lot of sharpness when you push it -- you only gain grain. In the attached photo of the stray cat, note the detail in the fur even at ISO 800 -- and the detail in the rust on the door frame in the photo of the lock. I'm sold, and it's now my go-to for BW shooting in mixed light, which is most of my BW shooting.
I have used this film for decades & still love the images I get. THe problem is, the roll does run out & you have to put another roll in hte camera. Wo is me....
easy to use
I have just started to use film again after getting two film cameras at Canon A2 and an RB67. I like to support those companies that are being faithful to those of us who grew up using their film. I used to make money using film. It makes you a better photographer. You have to think and you can't chimp.
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I love the sharpness and tonal range of this film, extremenly versatile.
sharp, excellent tonal range, perfect quality control and all out dependable. This is my go to film and I always order in bricks from Adorama. Their hepfulness and efficiency can't be beat.
I am new to 8 x 10 format and in the process of getting my new/old recently acquired Deardorff together. I shoot mostly medium format and always use HP-5, so I figure I'll stay consistent and with what works for me in my new challenge of shooting large format.
Great for a gambit of uses - indoor and outdoor. Easy and quick development times. Lovely grain.