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Ilford Pan F Plus Black and White Negative Film (120 Roll Film)

B&H # ILPFP120 MFR # 1706594
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Product Highlights
  • Panchromatic B&W Negative Film
  • ISO 50/18° in Standard Process
  • Very Fine Grain and Resolution
  • Wide Tonal Range and High Edge Contrast
  • Ideal for Copy and Technical Work

Ilford's Pan F Plus is a slow-speed panchromatic black and white negative film featuring a very fine grain structure, making it ideal for large-scale printing applications. Its slow speed also renders a broad tonal range, along with high edge contrast, resolution, and detail, making it well-suited for pictorial and fine art photography. Pan F Plus has a nominal sensitivity of ISO 50/18° when developed in standard chemistry, and can also be developed to higher contrast values for technical, copy, and scientific work.

This item is one roll of 120 format roll film.

Film Type Panchromatic black and white negative film
Film Format 120
Sensitivity ISO 50/18°
Process Standard black and white chemistry
Base 4 mil / 0.110 mm-thick clear acetate base with an anti-halation backing

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IlfordPan F Plus Black and White Negative Film (120 Roll Film)
 
5.0

(based on 53 reviews)

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Pros

  • Good tonal range (39)
  • Consistent (30)
  • Accurate (29)
  • Reproduces well (28)
  • Scans well (22)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Artwork (33)
    • Travel (20)
    • Home (7)
    • Photojournalism (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (25), Photo enthusiast (10), Pro photographer (3)
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    5.0

    Love this film!

    By Arthur

    from Danbury, CT

    About Me Photography Student

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Consistent
    • Good Tonal Range
    • Reproduces Well

    Cons

    • A Little Expensive

    Best Uses

    • Artwork

    Comments about Ilford Pan F Plus Black and White Negative Film (120 Roll Film):

    Best film I've ever used for studio portraits, great product. Definitely recommend.

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    5.0

    Perfect portrait film

    By Jbdub

    from East nashville

    Comments about Ilford Pan F Plus Black and White Negative Film (120 Roll Film):

    Amazing blacks and excellent for contrasty skin tones

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    5.0

    best fim out there with varied developer

    By DKtucson

    from Tucson, Az

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tonal Range
    • Reproduces Well

    Cons

    • Low Light Needs Flash

    Best Uses

    • Artwork
    • Portraiture
    • Travel

    Comments about Ilford Pan F Plus Black and White Negative Film (120 Roll Film):

    Recently acquired a Bronica SQ and you really can't beat the overall quality & versatility of the PanF+ film. Looks great souped in Acufine, Ilfosol and the artsy high contrast using Dektol 1:5 is just stunning. Sure, I use lower quality/less expensive Ultrafine Extreme film for lens/shutter tests when first testing equipment--but for shots that count with any degree of enlargment this is the stuff to grab

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    5.0

    classic!!

    By Brian

    from Central Coast, CA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Consistent
    • Good Tonal Range

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Ilford Pan F Plus Black and White Negative Film (120 Roll Film):

        i like ilford films, so i may be preconditioned to write a raving review about their products. pan f is a contrasty film and lends itself to use in low contrast situations. in fact, that's all i use it for. it's very fine grained confirming ilford's advertisement of said grain so if your lens isn't that sharp, this film will prove it for you. a little over-development will help contrast in low contrast situations AND bring a little grain back making your image appear sharper (think acutance). i develop it in ilfotec dd-x with great results and shoot it at iso 25 to open up the shadows. i wish they made it in 4x5. woe is the day ilford stops making this film.

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        4.0

        Buy it& try it!

        By Db

        from New haven, ct

        Comments about Ilford Pan F Plus Black and White Negative Film (120 Roll Film):

        Great film !

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        5.0

        Excellent fine grained detail

        By musickna

        from St. Louis

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Artwork
          • Home
          • Photojournalism
          • Travel

          Comments about Ilford Pan F Plus Black and White Negative Film (120 Roll Film):

          Once you get past the slow speed of this film, sometimes necessitating a tripod, you can relish the delicious fine grain and clear and subtle contrast that this film produces.

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          5.0

          Perfect for pinhole or grain free pics

          By 3EyedMonster

          from Honolulu, HI

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          Pros

          • Accurate
          • Consistent
          • Good Tonal Range
          • Scans Well

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape
            • Pinhole
            • Travel

            Comments about Ilford Pan F Plus Black and White Negative Film (120 Roll Film):

            Some of the last low speed film out there. Perfect portraits, pretty pinholes and limpid landscapes are all possible with this easy to work with film. Ilford makes great film.

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            5.0

            Lovely!

            By Jacob

            from Birmingham, AL

            Comments about Ilford Pan F Plus Black and White Negative Film (120 Roll Film):

            Gave this film stock a spin since I was trying out lower speed BnW films anyway and I was impressed! Good tones, nice contrast.

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            5.0

            Ilford Pan F 120

            By Rg

            from Michigan

            Comments about Ilford Pan F Plus Black and White Negative Film (120 Roll Film):

            Magnificent grain and tonality

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            5.0

            Nice film for big enlargements

            By Crayguns

            from Springfield, MO

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            Pros

            • Accurate
            • Consistent
            • Good Tonal Range
            • Great For It's Purpose
            • Reproduces Well

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Artwork
              • Home
              • Travel

              Comments about Ilford Pan F Plus Black and White Negative Film (120 Roll Film):

              Best used for big enlargements and/or intense cropping.
              Of course it won't work so well in dimmer light, but that's what other films are for.

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              5.0

              My favorite black & white film!

              By Chelsea Branch

              from Bay Area, CA

              Comments about Ilford Pan F Plus Black and White Negative Film (120 Roll Film):

              I love working with this stock! It's my favorite to shoot outdoor portraits with. The grain is so smooth and crisp, with the right processing your scans and prints can be blown up quite a bit before you notice that slight distortion. It's definitely worth giving a try if you've never used Pan F+ before.

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              5.0

              Great Film

              By T

              from Eugene OR

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Tonal Range

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Ilford Pan F Plus Black and White Negative Film (120 Roll Film):

                  Great film extremely fine grain, crisp and sharp photographs.

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                  5.0

                  Best Medium Format Black & White Film

                  By Tom MacIntosh

                  from Baltimore, MD

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Artwork

                    Comments about Ilford Pan F Plus Black and White Negative Film (120 Roll Film):

                    I love this film! I do a fair amount of pinhole photography and find that Pan F Plus gives me the best results. The image quality and range of grey scale are superior. Ilford's documentation for reciprocity is excellent and enables me to consistently pull great exposures.

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                    5.0

                    Wonderful film, highly recommended!

                    By Dinbinz

                    from Plattsburgh

                    Comments about Ilford Pan F Plus Black and White Negative Film (120 Roll Film):

                    One of the best films I've had the pleasure Of using! Incredibly smooth and soft look. It's a little hard to master, but well worth the struggles. I highly recommend this!

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                    5.0

                    Beautiful film

                    By cosmonaut

                    from Rome Ga

                    Comments about Ilford Pan F Plus Black and White Negative Film (120 Roll Film):

                    This is my new favorite landscape film. Super contrast, great shadow detail and easy to develop. The tonal range is really nice from the brightest to the darkest. It also really has great dynamic range and controls highlights well.

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                    5.0

                    A very interesting film

                    By Thomas

                    from St Paul, Minnesota

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Flexible
                    • Interesting Tonality
                    • Reproduces Well
                    • Sharpness
                    • Texture
                    • Wonderful Darkroom Prints

                    Cons

                    • Slow
                    • Unique Tonality

                    Best Uses

                    • Artwork
                    • Darkroom Printing
                    • Expressive Photography
                    • Fine Art

                    Comments about Ilford Pan F Plus Black and White Negative Film (120 Roll Film):

                    Choosing Pan-F+ should not be a choice of fine grain or resolution, because Kodak TMax 100, Ilford Delta 100, and Fuji Neopan Acros all put Pan-F+ to shame in those departments.

                    Choosing Pan-F+ should be a choice in exploring its interesting inherent tonality. It has a fairly long toe and a pronounced shoulder, and a short straight line where mid-tones have normal separation. This makes the film difficult to handle from both an exposure and developing standpoint, but it also gives possibility for some interesting results that would be hard to do with other films.

                    The long toe gives you poor shadow separation, but in some prints that can look absolutely fantastic! Shadow detail is, in my opinion, overrated, and sometimes pitch black shadows can significantly strengthen a composition.
                    The shoulder gives compressed highlights, and if you develop the film too long they easily block up. But done right, those highlights will look intense and beautiful, with less detail than a more normal film, but that can also be tremendously beautiful.

                    At the same time if you give more exposure when you shoot, you get the shadows off the toe for more normal looking shadow values, and if you are careful when you develop the film to not over-develop it, but agitating often so that the highlights don't shoulder off too much, you can also get a pretty normal looking print from this very flexible film.

                    All in all I find it very rewarding to work with. I have used it with Sprint and Xtol developers in the past, and am now using D76 1+1, and all three developers yield very similar results once the negatives have been developed to similar contrast.

                    I print in the darkroom and tune the contrast of my negatives to print well at around Grade 2.5 to 3.5, and I process the film a good bit longer than what Ilford recommends to suit my tastes.

                    Something I really appreciate with Pan-F+ is that for a 50 speed film it isn't that fine grained. The little bit of grain that shows in 16x20 prints looks amazing and makes the print come alive more compared to many other films. Many of the more modern films look a bit too perfect for my tastes. Pan-F+ is a perfect compromise between fine grain and texture.

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                    5.0

                    Good, general purpose finely grained

                    By Old Marine

                    from Wilmington, NC

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Accurate
                    • Consistent
                    • Reproduces Well

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Artwork
                      • Landscape And Architectur
                      • Landscape Architecture
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Ilford Pan F Plus Black and White Negative Film (120 Roll Film):

                      I returned to film for B&W because I grew tired of the fifty-shades of gray (no true black) when printing digital B&W. This is a good film to use in those situations where you know your subject will accomodate this slow an ASA. I still miss Kodak's Panatomic-X, but this is just about as good. I recommend going one stop higher on filter factor if you use a dark red.

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                      5.0

                      How Fine Can You Go

                      By aberuiz

                      from austin, tx

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Artwork

                        Comments about Ilford Pan F Plus Black and White Negative Film (120 Roll Film):

                        It's brilliant for fine art. It gives you a very clean image in terms of grain. Tonal range is also nice, if you're wanting contrast then you may be better served by Tri-X. I think this film gives a nice balance between being too flat or too contrasty. It's great for outdoor shots when you want the chance to use your fast lenses.

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                        5.0

                        Great film low grain

                        By Guillermo

                        from Dubai

                        Comments about Ilford Pan F Plus Black and White Negative Film (120 Roll Film):

                        Excellent latitude, easy to expose and low grain

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                        5.0

                        My favorite

                        By Jblackdub

                        from East nashville

                        Comments about Ilford Pan F Plus Black and White Negative Film (120 Roll Film):

                        This has been my favorite BW film for years. Excellent blacks and zero grain. A favorite for portraits and landscapes

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