I Shot a Roll of Ilford HP5+ pulled to EI200 by Renars Matvejs

Mar 6, 2019
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Ilford is a well known company in b&w film market. HP5+ is one of their most popular film stocks today because of it’s flexibility as a good all-around black and white film, both for casual and professional use.

For the casual user this works as a good, slightly cheaper alternative to Kodaks professional b&w films. For the more advanced photographer this film provides you with great push and pull characteristics as well as small grain.

I shot this film at iso 200. Pulling it one stop gave me more shadow details retaining the highlight at correct exposure. Shooting at box speed of iso 400 this film is slightly less contrasty than Kodaks Tri-X, but also with a lot less grain, pushing this film to  EI800 might give you a similar overall look as the Tri-X with similar grain performance. 

A lovely addition is a chart, found printed inside the box, for what developers to use in what ratios for whatever speed you decide to shoot this film at, it really goes to show Ilfords involvement in the film comunity. 

Camera used: Fujica St705w with many different lenses-35mm roll, shot over a period of 4 days, kept in a cool place while not in use

Renars Matvejs 

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