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Ilford Pan F Plus 120 Black & White Negative (Print) Film (ISO-50)

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Ilford Pan F Plus is an extremely fine grain black-and-white film. It has outstanding resolution, sharpness, and edge contrast. These characteristics make it the natural choice where fine detail and lack of grain are more important than film speed.

Outstanding resolution and sharpness
Fine detail and lack of grain
Mural-sized prints possible with correct processing
Type 120mm black and white negative film
Speed ISO 50
Applications Where fine detail and lack of grain are more important than film speed; fine art
Process Ilfotec, Microphen, Ilfosol, ID-11
Color Saturation Not applicable
Grain Extremely fine
Sharpness Very high
Exposure Latitude Narrow
Push/Pull Can be rated at EI 25

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IlfordPan F Plus 120 Black & White Print Film (ISO-50)
 
5.0

(based on 41 reviews)

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Pros

  • Good tonal range (32)
  • Accurate (24)
  • Consistent (24)
  • Reproduces well (24)
  • Scans well (20)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Artwork (29)
    • Travel (16)
    • Photojournalism (6)
    • Home (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (23), Photo enthusiast (6), Pro photographer (3)
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    Reviewed by 41 customers

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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 120 Black & White Print Film (ISO-50):

      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 120 Black & White Print Film (ISO-50):

      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 120 Black & White Print Film (ISO-50):

      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 120 Black & White Print Film (ISO-50):

      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

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      Pros

      • Accurate
      • Consistent
      • Reproduces Well

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Artwork
        • Landscape And Architectur
        • Landscape Architecture
        • Travel

        Comments about Ilford Pan F Plus 120 Black & White Print Film (ISO-50):

        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 120 Black & White Print Film (ISO-50):

          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 120 Black & White Print Film (ISO-50):

          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 120 Black & White Print Film (ISO-50):

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

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          5.0

          Best low speed

          By Joey Anchors

          from Philadelphia

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Artwork

            Comments about Ilford Pan F Plus 120 Black & White Print Film (ISO-50):

            I've been shooting black and white film solely since 2002 and love Pan F Plus. I use this in a Grafelx Century 2x3 and love the dramatic range of tones I get from it.

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            5.0

            Practically Grainless

            By Adam

            from Philadelphia, PA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Tonal Range
            • Reproduces Well

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Artwork
              • Photojournalism
              • Travel

              Comments about Ilford Pan F Plus 120 Black & White Print Film (ISO-50):

              Beautiful film for black and white. Good tonal range and almost total lack of grain.

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              5.0

              Great, fine grain film.

              By sidstar

              from Eupora, MS

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Tonal Range

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Artwork

                Comments about Ilford Pan F Plus 120 Black & White Print Film (ISO-50):

                I love this film and shoot it regularly. It has a very fine grain and excellent contrast. I process it in ID-11.

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                5.0

                Ilford films the best out there

                By patou

                from Quebec,Canada

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Artwork

                  Comments about Ilford Pan F Plus 120 Black & White Print Film (ISO-50):

                  This film you have to try. Developped in Ilford DDX its beautiful , beautiful grain . All you need in a film. Ilford is the best in all B&W films and chemicals. Plus B&H have the best prices to buy those......Try it you will never regret it...

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                  5.0

                  super sharp ;very detailed

                  By Dave

                  from San Francisco Ca.

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Accurate
                  • Beats Digital
                  • Consistent
                  • Good Tonal Range
                  • Reproduces Well
                  • Scans Well
                  • Worth The Money

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Artwork

                    Comments about Ilford Pan F Plus 120 Black & White Print Film (ISO-50):

                    I use this film for a process called gamma infinity. The results are spectacular.

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                    5.0

                    Fantastic fine grain film

                    By John B.

                    from Portland, Oregon

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Artwork
                      • Home
                      • Photojournalism

                      Comments about Ilford Pan F Plus 120 Black & White Print Film (ISO-50):

                      Use for fine art scanning and printing. Resolution is fantastic with good contrast. Ilfosol is the tried and true developer for it for me.

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                      5.0

                      Excellent product

                      By The Gambler

                      from Jamestown, NC

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Quality film

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home
                        • Photojournalism
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Ilford Pan F Plus 120 Black & White Print Film (ISO-50):

                        Easy to develop yourself. Good quality photos.

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                        • Yes

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                        5.0

                        amazing

                        By borna

                        from albany

                        Verified Buyer

                        Comments about Ilford Pan F Plus 120 Black & White Print Film (ISO-50):

                        great

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                        5.0

                        Great Film

                        By MBrien

                        from charlotte nc

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Accurate
                        • Good Tonal Range

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Artwork
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Ilford Pan F Plus 120 Black & White Print Film (ISO-50):

                          This film is fantastic for studio work and landscapes. With it's rich tonal scale, and grain that is almost imperceptible, it's amazing how large you can print from this film.
                          It's large format quality on a medium format scale.

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                          5.0

                          Tricky so far

                          By Robby

                          from New York, NY

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Good Tonal Range
                          • Scans Well

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Artwork
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Ilford Pan F Plus 120 Black & White Print Film (ISO-50):

                            Why five stars if it's tricky? Because I don't think I've figured out how to use it yet AND I have a photo that I took with this film that looks as good as a black and white AGFA SCALA slide! That being said, I have to recommend it and as I become more familiar (I mostly shoot Tmax) I will update. The contrast with this film is excellent. Because of low speed, a tripod is a must even if you think otherwise.

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                            5.0

                            Awesome As Usual

                            By Joseywales71

                            from Arizona

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Accurate
                            • Consistent
                            • Good Tonal Range
                            • Reproduces Well

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Artwork
                              • Travel

                              Comments about Ilford Pan F Plus 120 Black & White Print Film (ISO-50):

                              This is my "Go To" emulsion that always produces the overall tonality and fine grain detail I need for my B&W projects in MF.

                              If you get the shot (exposure) correct in camera and process / print correctly, you'll be more than pleased with the results, you may even do a little "happy dance" in your darkroom ;-)

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                              5.0

                              Does it get better than Pan F+?

                              By sepiareverb

                              from NEK VT

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent
                              • Good Tonal Range

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Artwork

                                Comments about Ilford Pan F Plus 120 Black & White Print Film (ISO-50):

                                Crisp, smooth, and plenty fast. Run it in DD-X 1:4. Perfection.

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