Oct 24, 2019
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Earlier this month, Ilford took us by surprise with a teaser showing new film coming in three different formats which we can guess are 135, 120 and 8×10.

Ilford was nice enough to give us some hints on their Twitter feed and mentioned that background colours were important things to consider. That left us with the possibility of having three different

Since then speculation has been going crazy around this mystery film(s), going from HP6, to a low sensitivity (25-50 ISO) or an extremely sensible film (6400 or 12500 ISO), BW reversal film or even some dreaming about the return of Ilfocolor!

My guess was that Ilford would either bring SFX in large format sheets, along with a new version of their XP2 (maybe ISO 100?) or revive an old emulsion from their catalog but it seems that I was far away from the truth as Ilford has just dropped the bomb and officially announced the release of the following products:


Available from early November, ILFORD ORTHO PLUS in 135 and 120 film. Orthochromatic black and white film is something new for Ilford as all their other ILFORD and Kentmere films are panchromatic. This film should be rated at ISO 80 in natural light and ISO 40 in Tungsten.

“Our Ortho film was designed as a technical, high-resolution copy film for negatives and has been available in sheet format for some time. We know photographers want choice and love to try new films and so we have now coated our Ortho emulsion onto an acetate base for 35mm cassettes and 120 rolls. We believe ORTHO PLUS offers superb photographic potential thanks to its fine grain and sharpness and some of the results we have seen are stunning.” Giles Branthwaite, Sales & Marketing Director.


To celebrate their 140th anniversary, Ilford has announced the 5th generation of their best-selling MULTIGRADE RC Papers: ILFORD MULTIGRADE RC 5th GENERATION.

According to Ilford, these new papers have a slightly warmer base tint than their predecessor as well as better, deeper blacks, improved mid-grade spacing for easier printing and more consistent contrast throughout the tonal range.

“Improving them was not going to be easy but we wanted to bring the manufacturing in line with the latest emulsion making technology used in our other RC and fibre papers and so we have redesigned the emulsion from the ground up. This project has been in development for 8 years and we are extremely pleased and excited with the final product.” Giles Branthwaite, Sales & Marketing Director.


Available from early November, the ILFORD & Paterson FILM PROCESSING STARTER KIT came out from the collaboration of both companies aiming to bring a starter kit containing all you need to process your first two rolls of black and white film.

The kit contains: 1 x ILFORD 35mm Film Cassette Opener, 1 x ILFORD Simplicity Film Starter Pack (containing developer, stop bath, fixer and wetting agent), 1 x Paterson Universal Film Tank, 2 x Paterson Super System 4 Reels, 3 x Paterson 600ml Graduates, 1 x Paterson Thermometer, 1 x Paterson Stirrer, 2 x Paterson set of 2 film clips.

“ILFORD Simplicity chemicals are pre-measured for simple, convenient use and while they can easily be used in most tanks their volumes work perfectly with the Paterson 2-reel Universal Film Development Tank as they hold 600ml of diluted chemicals. Working closely with Paterson we have now created a kit that offers film photographers a convenient and affordable way to start processing their own films.” Giles Branthwaite, Sales & Marketing Director.

More information can be found in ILFORD original announcement.

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