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Ilford SFX 200 Infrared 135-36 Black & White Print Film (ISO-200)

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SFX 200 Infrared 35mm Black & White Print Film - Ilford has over 100 years of expertise in black and white photography and continues to develop outstanding products for both picture taking and print making. SFX 200 is a medium speed panchromatic film which has peak red sensitivity at 720nm and extended red sensitivity up to 740nm. Wedge spectrogram to tungsten light (2850K). This film produces dramatic, infrared results which will offer the photographer new creative dimensions.

When using SFX 200 film with a red filter, the film is exposed using only red light. Areas which reflect little red light, e.g. the sky, will be low density areas on the negative and dark areas on the print. Areas which are excellent reflectors of red light, e.g. most green foliage, will be high density areas on the negative and light areas on the print.

Any yellow, orange or red filter can be used, but the effect will depend on its transmission characteristics. The redder the filter, the more dramatic the effect. Ilford especially recommends the Ilford SFX filter which is optimized to the film's spectral sensitivity. Suggested filters include:

  1. Light red
    B+W 090, Cokin 003, Heliopan 25, Hitech 25, Hoya 25A, Kodak Wratten 25 and Lee 25.
  2. Dark red
    B+W 091, Heliopan 29 and Kodak Wratten 29
  3. Very dark red
    ILFORD SFX, B+W 092, Heliopan RG695, Hoya R72 and Kodak Wratten 89B

    Extended red sensitivity
    Ease of handling in subdued lighting
    Produces negatives of normal contrast
    Ease of printing on mid-range paper grades
    Compatible with standard black and white developers
Type 35mm black and white infrared film
Speed ISO 200
Applications Infrared photography
Process Ilford ID-11, Microphen, Perceptol and others
Color Saturation Not Applicable
Grain Fine
Sharpness High
Exposure Latitude Narrow
Push/Pull Not Specified by Manufacturer

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IlfordSFX 200 Infrared 135-36 Black & White Print Film
 
4.6

(based on 33 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tonal range (18)
  • Consistent (16)
  • Accurate (12)
  • Reproduces well (10)
  • Scans well (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Artwork (23)
    • Travel (10)
    • Photojournalism (5)
    • Home (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (14), Photo enthusiast (7), Pro photographer (5)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great film, easy to work with

    This film really achieves the IR effect with dreamy looking shots, while it also achieves fine grain and nice contrast. I tested in under ideal conditions on a sunny day when the leaves in...Read complete review

    This film really achieves the IR effect with dreamy looking shots, while it also achieves fine grain and nice contrast. I tested in under ideal conditions on a sunny day when the leaves in Central Park in New York had just started to come out, so the effect may not be as good on other days.

    IR, black and white sports photography may not be such a common field, but I tried it out, and I liked the results.

    I loaded the film in the same way as I would any other film, without special care because it's in IR film. I dropped it off at my local camera store, and they developed it in a few hours, without special chemicals. I used a darkd red Tiffen filter (91) and a Nikon FM2N, and the whole thing was very easy. I scanned the negatives in a Canon 8800F, and although some of the shots came out a little light, I think that's a problem with the setting on my scanner, as opposed to the film itself (because that happens with all my rolls).

    In short, a great and practical IR film that achieves what you want from such a film.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Heavy grain, poor sharpness

    It's possible that some of this is my fault since I'm new to IR photography, but my experience with this film was poor. I shot this in a Nikon F100 using 24-70mm...Read complete review

    It's possible that some of this is my fault since I'm new to IR photography, but my experience with this film was poor. I shot this in a Nikon F100 using 24-70mm f/2.8, 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII and 50mm f/1.8G lenses all with a Hoya RM72 filter. I let the camera meter shots but bracketed 1/3 under and over just in case. Like the title says, there is very heavy grain, which isn't actually a bad thing since its a pleasant typical film grain if you're going for that look. But there is virtually no sharpness when viewed closely (perhaps I'm just spoiled by digital). The film didn't resolve any foliage whatsoever, whether grass or leaves. It's all washed together. I might have overexposed it, but I shot this film at ISO 12 instead of ISO 200 to compensate for the filter. I'd be willing to give it another try and will remember to use -0.7 to -1.0 exposure comp next time to see if that improves things a bit. I've attached an example image to illustrate. but the downsampling is forgiving quite a bit of what I'm talking about here.

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    4.0

    good film but limited IR range

    By Joel

    from Minneapolis, MN

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Contrast

    Cons

    • Grain

    Best Uses

    • Artwork
    • Landscape

    Comments about Ilford SFX 200 Infrared 135-36 Black & White Print Film:

    I shot this with a LDP 715nm filter, not much of a Wood effect from foliage but still nice contrast between blue sky and clouds. I used EI 12 with the filter (and fortunately bracketed) which was somewhat overexposed, I might use EI 25 next time. Overall, less of an IR-look and more grain than the Rollei near-IR film.

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    5.0

    Great Results every time!

    By Suzy Pentax

    from Northern CA

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    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Consistent
    • Good Tonal Range
    • Reproduces Well

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Artwork

      Comments about Ilford SFX 200 Infrared 135-36 Black & White Print Film:

      I shoot this film with a red filter and it always gives me the high contrast that I love in landscape or architecture scenes. It is by far one of Ilfords best B&W films.Not a true infrared, but as close as you can get without all the hassles. I've been using this film exclusively for the past 2 years

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      5.0

      Ilford SFX 200 Infrared film

      By Skypro74

      from Brooklyn, NY

      Comments about Ilford SFX 200 Infrared 135-36 Black & White Print Film:

      The Ilford SFX 200 speed film is sharp and gives an interesting tonal range. For black and white prints it works very well. As with all infrared film be sure to bracket your exposures more than you would with conventional film depending what light situation you have. Although exposing the film correctly worked out extremely well for me with what I consider a narrow bracketing range of 1/4 stop over and 1/4 stop under. Perhaps I was lucky? It is also suggested that you use infrared film with a red lens filter and read up on how to focus and handle loading the film in darkness.

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      4.0

      Excellent film, excellent results

      By photography fiend

      from Sevens Point, WI

      About Me Photography Student

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      Pros

      • Accurate
      • Consistent
      • Easy to use
      • Good Tonal Range
      • Load In Subdued Light

      Cons

      • Price

      Best Uses

      • Artwork
      • Infrared Photography

      Comments about Ilford SFX 200 Infrared 135-36 Black & White Print Film:

      Great film, functions very well as a standard b/w film also very easy to produce IR effect with the use of deep red filter(tripod needed). Excellent tonal range, performed better than expected. Enlarged fantasically! Only reason for 4 of 5 stars is the price, a little higher than some other true IR films. Ease and range of use make this an over all great product, and a must have if your camera fogs true IR film.

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      5.0

      Love this film

      By Chris96

      from Madison heights Virginia

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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      Pros

      • Consistent

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Artwork

        Comments about Ilford SFX 200 Infrared 135-36 Black & White Print Film:

        I've had nothing but great experience coming to
        B&H for all my 35mm film and camera needs -
        I am sad that where I live in VA, film is very rare but when I find it hard
        To get I come here . This black and white film was fun and amazing to use -
        Loved it

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        5.0

        Awesome artsy

        By @loscarface

        from New York

        About Me Pro Photographer

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        Pros

        • Good Tonal Range

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Artwork

          Comments about Ilford SFX 200 Infrared 135-36 Black & White Print Film:

          Amazing BW pics

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          5.0

          Good Infrared Film

          By acmineiro

          from Charlotte NC

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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          Pros

          • Good Tonal Range

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Surreal Shots

          Comments about Ilford SFX 200 Infrared 135-36 Black & White Print Film:

          Next best thing to Kodak Infrared. Which is no longer availiable. Use a #25 Red filter.

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          2.0

          Heavy grain, poor sharpness

          By Taylor B.

          from San Antonio, TX

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Pros

          • Consistent

          Cons

          • Poor Exposure

          Best Uses

            Comments about Ilford SFX 200 Infrared 135-36 Black & White Print Film:

            It's possible that some of this is my fault since I'm new to IR photography, but my experience with this film was poor. I shot this in a Nikon F100 using 24-70mm f/2.8, 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII and 50mm f/1.8G lenses all with a Hoya RM72 filter. I let the camera meter shots but bracketed 1/3 under and over just in case. Like the title says, there is very heavy grain, which isn't actually a bad thing since its a pleasant typical film grain if you're going for that look. But there is virtually no sharpness when viewed closely (perhaps I'm just spoiled by digital). The film didn't resolve any foliage whatsoever, whether grass or leaves. It's all washed together. I might have overexposed it, but I shot this film at ISO 12 instead of ISO 200 to compensate for the filter. I'd be willing to give it another try and will remember to use -0.7 to -1.0 exposure comp next time to see if that improves things a bit. I've attached an example image to illustrate. but the downsampling is forgiving quite a bit of what I'm talking about here.

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            5.0

            Awesome Film!

            By DeliaDee

            from Philadelphia, PA

            About Me Casual Photographer

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                  Comments about Ilford SFX 200 Infrared 135-36 Black & White Print Film:

                  I have so much fun with this film and don't know what I would do without it. It's a lot easier to work with than Kodak infrared was but still creates a wonderful atmosphere in my pictures. Great stuff.

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                  5.0

                  2nd best film to my taste

                  By Iasonas

                  from Wisconsin

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                        Comments about Ilford SFX 200 Infrared 135-36 Black & White Print Film:

                        It is a bit grainy but not quite grainy enough, which makes it so-so in that aspect, neither strong bold punchy grain, nor clear detail. Also the texture of the grain is not quite that of the beautiful but no longer available Kodak Recording film. However, when it comes to the sensitivities to spectrum, this is the best film I have ever used. You can use essentially any filter and get the results you want. It can be pulled a bit and give good results but 200 ASA is such a good all round speed. Surely, if it was 50 or so with less grain it would have been even better. For that speed Ilford makes a great film but for very different color sensitivities. I use that with no filter. For SFX I shoot with medium red filter some 90% of the time.

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                        5.0

                        It's different

                        By Wundo

                        from Idaho Falls

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                        Pros

                        • Accurate
                        • Consistent
                        • Good Tonal Range
                        • Reproduces Well
                        • Scans Well

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Artwork
                          • Home
                          • Photojournalism
                          • Sports Photography

                          Comments about Ilford SFX 200 Infrared 135-36 Black & White Print Film:

                          Use the film for a family portait and they like the look

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                          4.0

                          great infrared film

                          By smiling

                          from brooklyn, ny

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                                Comments about Ilford SFX 200 Infrared 135-36 Black & White Print Film:

                                For those still using film, this is a great performing infrared film. just be careful loading and unloading it so you don't expose it to light and lose all your images.

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                                5.0

                                beautiful contrast

                                By JJC

                                from New York, NY

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                                Pros

                                • Accurate
                                • Consistent
                                • Good Tonal Range
                                • Reproduces Well
                                • Scans Well

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Action Shots
                                  • Artwork
                                  • Photojournalism
                                  • Travel

                                  Comments about Ilford SFX 200 Infrared 135-36 Black & White Print Film:

                                  This is the best B&W film I've ever come across. The "Infrared" aspect of it just helps to amp up the contrast, like having a red filter, but without needing it. Using a red filter however will increase the results dramatically. With or without, your images will end up dreamy looking nonetheless. I prefer this over Tri-X.

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                                  4.0

                                  Sfx 200

                                  By Michael M

                                  from Suny purchase

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                                  Pros

                                  • Accurate
                                  • Consistent
                                  • Good Tonal Range

                                  Cons

                                  • Poor Quality

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Artwork

                                  Comments about Ilford SFX 200 Infrared 135-36 Black & White Print Film:

                                  I bought this product after purchasing a Hoya RM-72 filter to try out in my photography class. The resulting images came out better than I had expected. I was very pleased with this film, except you maybe limited to 8x10 prints using a 35mm frame because the image tends to be a bit grainy. I recommend stoping down by 4 full stops the. Bracketing a full stop from there at iso/Asa 25.

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                                  5.0

                                  Very nice film.

                                  By Randy

                                  from Springfield, mo

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                                  Pros

                                  • Good Tonal Range

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Artwork

                                    Comments about Ilford SFX 200 Infrared 135-36 Black & White Print Film:

                                    I really like the look this film gives with a #25 filter. Very dramatic, crisp photos. I use the Dr5 process to make B/W IR slides, and am pretty sure this is the best film for that kind of thing.

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                                    3.0

                                    Not what expected but....

                                    By photogirl2012

                                    from Omaha, Ne

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                                    Pros

                                    • Easy to use
                                    • No special development ne

                                    Cons

                                    • Not quite infrared

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Artwork
                                    • Home
                                    • Travel

                                    Comments about Ilford SFX 200 Infrared 135-36 Black & White Print Film:

                                    I used this film in my pentax k-1000. The photos I developed did not have the infrared effect I was hoping for. However I did get a nice grainy quality to my photos and I was pleased with the end results. Just a bit disappointed to not get the results I was hoping for.

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                                    4.0

                                    Not exactly infrared, but still great.

                                    By the Unicorn

                                    from Washington, DC

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                                    Pros

                                    • Good Tonal Range
                                    • Scans Well

                                    Cons

                                    • Not quite infrared

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape

                                    Comments about Ilford SFX 200 Infrared 135-36 Black & White Print Film:

                                    I wouldn't exactly call this "infrared", but using a 29 red filter you can get pretty cool results that are very infrared-like.

                                    Kodak HIE was my infrared film of choice until it was discontinued, and I find that the results from Ilford SFX are nowhere near as dramatic as those from HIE.

                                    However, as I said before it is still a great film to use-- great contrasts on a sunny day using a dark red filter.

                                    Very fine grain, and it scans well too.

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                                    5.0

                                    Best special effects film ever!

                                    By LEL Photography

                                    from Downers Grove, IL

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                                        • Artwork
                                        • Photojournalism
                                        • Travel

                                        Comments about Ilford SFX 200 Infrared 135-36 Black & White Print Film:

                                        I wanted to try something out of the ordinary than just regular color or b&w film, this SFX 200 Infrared film was just the trick. Coming from someone that was not use to using any sort of special effects film the results were amazing! It definately defined what I was taking pictures of, tree roots and bark had more debth. The background would always become black making the foreground that much more apparent. I would absolutely recomend this to anyone looking for an experiment.

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                                        4.0

                                        Good Film

                                        By Bill

                                        from Pittsburgh, PA

                                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                                        Pros

                                        • Accurate
                                        • Consistent
                                        • Good Tonal Range

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Artwork
                                          • Photojournalism

                                          Comments about Ilford SFX 200 Infrared 135-36 Black & White Print Film:

                                          Ilford is a great film, but you will probably have to develop this yourself, as no one seems to offer processing for infrared anymore.

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                                          5.0

                                          amazing!

                                          By jjc415

                                          from nyc

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                                            Cons

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                                              • Artwork
                                              • Photojournalism
                                              • Travel

                                              Comments about Ilford SFX 200 Infrared 135-36 Black & White Print Film:

                                              if you're going to shoot black and white, you have to try this. it gives an amazing contrast, and when you shoot lights at night, every day structures have a dreamy ethereal look.

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