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

B&H # ILPFP120 Mfr # 1706594
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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 48 reviews)

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Pros

  • Good tonal range (36)
  • Accurate (27)
  • Consistent (27)
  • Reproduces well (26)
  • Scans well (22)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Artwork (31)
    • Travel (19)
    • Home (7)
    • Photojournalism (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (24), Photo enthusiast (9), Pro photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (25)

    Reviewed by 48 customers

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

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

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

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

        Magnificent grain and tonality

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        5.0

        Nice film for big enlargements

        By Crayguns

        from Springfield, MO

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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

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

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

              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 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

                Verified Buyer

                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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