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Ilford SFX 200 Black and White Negative Film (120 Roll Film)

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Ilford SFX 200 Black and White Negative Film (120 Roll Film)

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Product Highlights

  • Panchromatic B&W Negative Film
  • ISO 200/24° in Standard Process
  • Extended Red Sensitivity to 740nm
  • Infrared Appearance with Deep Red Filter
  • Wide Exposure Latitude and Tonal Range
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A unique black and white negative film with extend red sensitivity, SFX 200 from Ilford is a medium-speed film with peak red sensitivity to 720nm, which can further be extended to 740nm with the use of a deep red filter to produce infrared-like results. It has a nominal sensitivity of ISO 200/24° along with a wide exposure latitude and tonal range, and is well-suited to fine art and pictorial applications. When used without filtration, full panchromatic sensitivity is afforded, however when filtered with yellow, orange, and red filters-with deep red filtration producing the most pronounced effect-skies can be rendered a dramatic black and vegetation will be depicted as white.

Film Type Panchromatic black and white negative film with extended red sensitivity
Film Format 120
Sensitivity ISO 200/24°
Process Standard black and white chemistry
Base 5 mil / 0.125 mm-thick acetate base with good halation protection

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IlfordSFX 200 Black and White Negative Film (120 Roll Film)
 
4.6

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Consistent (10)
  • Good tonal range (10)
  • Accurate (9)
  • Reproduces well (6)
  • Scans well (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Artwork (9)
    • Travel (6)
    • Photojournalism (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (7), Enthusiast (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (7)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Easiest IR film to use, good results

    I used this with an R72 filter from Hoya. I ended up getting some great results. Sunlit foliage whites out, and blues come out very dark to give a pronounced...Read complete review

    I used this with an R72 filter from Hoya. I ended up getting some great results. Sunlit foliage whites out, and blues come out very dark to give a pronounced "wood" effect.

    IR is hard to shoot with, but the results are very rewarding.

    Of the three IR films I could find available(Ilford, Rollei, Efke), this one is a tie for best (I got my best end results with Efke's IR film, but it's more expensive, harder to find, and harder to use). Overall, Rollei's IR film has a less pronounced effect and is much more delicate.


    Some tips for using the film:

    Exposure: It's difficult to get a good idea of exposure time when using these nearly opaque filters, so I recommend bracketing about 5 stops the first time you use this film. A good starting point with this film/filter combo is the exposure level that corresponds to f/22 and 1/4 sec. on a sunny, cloudless day.

    Loading: I had NO problems (fogging) loading this film indoors.

    Although tripods are a pain, with IR film, they'll make your life alot easier when it comes to composing and focusing. Also, you should probably get your cable release out while you're at it.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Underwhelming as a Konica substitute

    I'm still looking for an infrared film to use as I did Konica 750. I tried SFX and it's really not that great. I like dark skies, clouds that pop out, and...Read complete review

    I'm still looking for an infrared film to use as I did Konica 750. I tried SFX and it's really not that great. I like dark skies, clouds that pop out, and "wood" effect on trees. You really don't get any of that with a red #29 filter. If you use an R72 filter, the ASA drops into the range of unmeasurably low. Hard to use film.

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    5.0

    Infared

    By Jake

    from Moncks Corner, SC

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Consistent
    • Reproduces Well
    • Scans Well

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Artwork
      • Home

      Comments about Ilford SFX 200 Black and White Negative Film (120 Roll Film):

      Always pleased with this film , looking forward t using more.

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      5.0

      Beautiful halo effect

      By Amer

      from Houston, TX

      About Me Photography Student

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Artwork
        • Photojournalism
        • Travel

        Comments about Ilford SFX 200 Black and White Negative Film (120 Roll Film):

        If used with the correct IR filters, it will give an amazing halo effect.

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        5.0

        Great and fun to experiment.

        By Aw

        from California

        Comments about Ilford SFX 200 Black and White Negative Film (120 Roll Film):

        Love the effect it does.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Fun Film

        By Cortina23

        from San Diego, CA

        Comments about Ilford SFX 200 Black and White Negative Film (120 Roll Film):

        Unlike many other infrared this film isn't as sensitive as others. What I mean is loading your camera you don't need to be in pitch black. I personally load it in a low light location. Beautiful pictures it takes and cool effects

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        5.0

        Great infrared film

        By KB

        from Chicago, IL

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Accurate
        • Consistent
        • Good Tonal Range

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Artwork

          Comments about Ilford SFX 200 Black and White Negative Film (120 Roll Film):

          The Ilford SFX 200 infrared film is of high quality and gives reproducible results.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Excellent Film

          By Guillermo

          from Dubai

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Artwork
            • Travel

            Comments about Ilford SFX 200 Black and White Negative Film (120 Roll Film):

            this film requires a dark Red Filter to show best results, I used the R72 from Hoya and reduced 4-5 Stops ( bracketing is recommended), Results where out of this world!, extremely recommended.!
            dues the nature of the film there is some grain but definitely is part of the magic of this film

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            5.0

            Good B&W Film With Creative Punch

            By ipaintbrush

            from Dallas, TX

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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            Pros

            • Accurate
            • Consistent
            • Excellent grain
            • Good Tonal Range
            • Reproduces Well
            • Scans Well
            • Versatile
            • Widely Compatible

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Artwork
              • Fine Art Photography
              • Photojournalism
              • Travel

              Comments about Ilford SFX 200 Black and White Negative Film (120 Roll Film):

              I've been using this film for awhile. It's versatile in that it can be used as a regular B&W film with good tonal range or it can be used as a slightly infrared-sensitive film with a red filter. I have not tried a true infrared filter which might heighten the infrared effects.

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              4.0

              Great for Landscapes, of course

              By Jake

              from Santa Cruz, CA

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Good Tonal Range
              • Reproduces Well

              Cons

              • Difficult to Load

              Best Uses

              • Artwork

              Comments about Ilford SFX 200 Black and White Negative Film (120 Roll Film):

              Works great with my R72 filter and old 6x6. Has nice, fine grain and great contrast when used with the correct filter. I haven't tried using it without a visible light blocker. Careful when loading/unloading. I noticed a few light leaks on the last frame of a roll I took out in bright sunlight.

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              (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Underwhelming as a Konica substitute

              By tedw6

              from Atlanta

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                • ISO Incorrect

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Ilford SFX 200 Black and White Negative Film (120 Roll Film):

                  I'm still looking for an infrared film to use as I did Konica 750. I tried SFX and it's really not that great. I like dark skies, clouds that pop out, and "wood" effect on trees. You really don't get any of that with a red #29 filter. If you use an R72 filter, the ASA drops into the range of unmeasurably low. Hard to use film.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Shot a roll last weekend

                  By Gene

                  from Fairfax, VA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Accurate
                  • Consistent
                  • Good Tonal Range

                  Cons

                  • None

                  Best Uses

                  • Artwork
                  • Photojournalism
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Ilford SFX 200 Black and White Negative Film (120 Roll Film):

                  Remember you need a red filter to use this. It does give good results with good grain and good blacks.

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                  (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Nice Deep Red film (not IR)

                  By Debejyo

                  from Tempe, AZ

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Good Tonal Range

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Ilford SFX 200 Black and White Negative Film (120 Roll Film):

                      Use a deep red filter with this film. Produces nice contrast. Remember: if you can't see through the filter, neither can this film @ ISO 200.

                      If you want to use a 720nm filter (b+w 092 or equivalent), the settings are at bright sunlight (sunny 16 condition) at F16, exposure is 2 min. I shot at F32 with a 8 min exposure. Anything less is useless. You can probably go little more... This is primarily because this film is very less sensitive to IR and all the pictures are through the red leak in the filter. So, if you are expecting white trees, you are out of luck :( . Oh, and at this setting, the you will have a lot of grains.

                      Conclusion: use it with a deep red filter and not any larger wavelengths.

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                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Easy to use

                      By Mike

                      from Honolulu

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to handle

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscapes

                        Comments about Ilford SFX 200 Black and White Negative Film (120 Roll Film):

                        Loaded this film indoors during daytime like any other film with no problem. Used it with an 89b filter at about an ISO of 25. Loaded it into a stainless steel tank using a changing bag marked not IR safe indoors with subdued lighting. Developed like ordinary film using recommended time. No fogging.

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        SFX film

                        By Pickles

                        from Boston, MA

                        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Creative

                          Comments about Ilford SFX 200 Black and White Negative Film (120 Roll Film):

                          Now that kodak is out of the infrared film business this is a very good substitute. I've tried it in a Holga and a Yashicamat124G hand holding a red filter and obtained decent results. No need to load in complete darkness. I was able to reload film in my car. I am happy with the pictures, now just need to find a decent 120 format film scanner.

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                          (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Great Film

                          By Mel

                          from Albany, N.Y.

                          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Accurate
                          • Consistent
                          • Good Tonal Range

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Plant life
                            • Skin tones

                            Comments about Ilford SFX 200 Black and White Negative Film (120 Roll Film):

                            The film looked great. I also recieved the order VERY promptly! I was very pleased. The only complaint is that it is hard to find a lab that will develope this type of film. The rocky mountain film lab will develope it.

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                            (12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            Easiest IR film to use, good results

                            By PB

                            from Seattle, WA

                            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                            Pros

                            • Accurate
                            • Consistent
                            • Easy to use for IR
                            • Good Tonal Range

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Architecture
                              • Artwork
                              • Foliage
                              • Travel

                              Comments about Ilford SFX 200 Black and White Negative Film (120 Roll Film):

                              I used this with an R72 filter from Hoya. I ended up getting some great results. Sunlit foliage whites out, and blues come out very dark to give a pronounced "wood" effect.

                              IR is hard to shoot with, but the results are very rewarding.

                              Of the three IR films I could find available(Ilford, Rollei, Efke), this one is a tie for best (I got my best end results with Efke's IR film, but it's more expensive, harder to find, and harder to use). Overall, Rollei's IR film has a less pronounced effect and is much more delicate.


                              Some tips for using the film:

                              Exposure: It's difficult to get a good idea of exposure time when using these nearly opaque filters, so I recommend bracketing about 5 stops the first time you use this film. A good starting point with this film/filter combo is the exposure level that corresponds to f/22 and 1/4 sec. on a sunny, cloudless day.

                              Loading: I had NO problems (fogging) loading this film indoors.

                              Although tripods are a pain, with IR film, they'll make your life alot easier when it comes to composing and focusing. Also, you should probably get your cable release out while you're at it.

                              Share this review

                              (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              My favorite film for over 7 years.

                              By Peter

                              from Atlanta, GA

                              About Me Professional

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Accurate
                              • Consistent
                              • Good Tonal Range
                              • Reproduces Well

                              Cons

                              • Daylight or Hot Lamps Req
                              • Graininess apparent

                              Best Uses

                              • Artwork
                              • Travel

                              Comments about Ilford SFX 200 Black and White Negative Film (120 Roll Film):

                              I use this film for everything. It has outstanding tonal range and picks up the infrared spectrum where matters most. When shooting still-life with hot lamps it will really bring out the subject and allow for some very nice glow. In portraiture it is the best outside, hands down. It make the subject radiate. Landscapes is where this film shines. It really can capture some brilliant skies and brings detail to everything the sun touches. Plant life jumps out of every part of the frame and water darkens just enough to set it apart from the rest of the world while remaining unique.

                              The only downside to this film is the scan quality. It is quite grainy for the film speed and while the scans are good, can't really compete with a nice ISO 50 speed film. However, in the darkroom the film performs fantastic. It enlarges nicely to 11x14 and works very will with a fiber based, semi-matte paper. Overall I recommend it highly.

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