Ilford SFX 200 Black and White Negative Film (35mm Roll Film, 36 Exposures)

Ilford SFX 200 Black and White Negative Film (35mm Roll Film, 36 Exposures)

Ilford SFX 200 Black and White Negative Film (35mm Roll Film, 36 Exposures)

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  • 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.

UPC: 019498829185
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Ilford SFX 200 specs

Film Format 35mm
Number of Exposures 36
Film Type B&W Infrared
Film Speed ISO 200
Film Processing Standard Black and White Chemistry
Film Base Acetate
Number of Rolls 1
Layer Thickness 125.0 µm
Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.05 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 2.3 x 1.5 x 1.5"

Ilford SFX 200 reviews

SFX 200 Black and White Negative Film (35mm Roll Film, 36 Exposures) is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 46.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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 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.
Date published: 2009-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A solid option for 35mm IR Not a lot of options left if you like to work in IR film. Kodak discontinued their color IR film (booo!) a while ago. SFX is a capable performer when used with a dark 720 nm filter (NB: this film is not sensitive to light above 750 nm) yielding visually startling results and can be processed at any BW lab.
Date published: 2010-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best special effects film ever! 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.
Date published: 2011-05-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Good Film But Not True Infrared This is a decent film stock, but the red sensitivity doesn't truly extend into the IR spectrum. This led to results that were not quite as I had anticipated. For achieving a look similar to that of true infrared films, this is certainly an option, but it will not work in all circumstances. Sadly, there are no longer any true IR films in production that I know of. Honestly, for serious IR work, I'd recommend converting an old DSLR you may have lying around to shoot infrared. There are companies that can perform this conversion and even calibrate autofocus for IR shooting. If you don't have an old DSLR, you could likely buy an older used model for fairly cheap. As far as this film goes, it isn't a bad film, but it's extended red sensitivity doesn't offer the creative potential I had hoped it would. It is still a good product, but I would only use it for normal black and white, and there are other stocks I prefer for such shooting. Were Ilford or any other company bring back a true IR film, I would gladly load up on it by the case.
Date published: 2016-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome I've been using SFX for a couple of years now, and have yet to be disappointed by it. From a standard film perspective, SFX gives remarkable contrast with very fine grain, while still giving a strong edge definition. I use a red 25 lens with it, giving me even more contrast, and extraordinary detail in both highlights and shadows. I'm just now starting to use an IR filter with it, and am looking forward to the results! Shooting on an Olympus OM-1 w/ macro zoom for portraits, Minolta x-370n for general. Developing in PMK. (For those who care)
Date published: 2015-01-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not exactly infrared, but still great. 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.
Date published: 2011-05-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice B&W film but is it really IR? I tested this film in my SLR with a Cokin Red 003 and Infrared 007 and took a few shots without a filter (it gives B&W results without a filter). I found I liked some shots from all three methods, not always the shots with the Deep IR filter. I have to say I wasn't knocked over with excitement with the IR shots but I haven't shot any true IR film yet (that's the next step). One benefit was that my local lab was able to run this film with normal B&W process, I have to hand process true IR film myself (the machine in the lab has IR photodiodes in it which can fog true IR film among other concerns like contaminating their chemistry). It's worth trying a test roll and compare with red/IR/without results.
Date published: 2016-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ilford SFX 200 Infrared 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.
Date published: 2013-11-06
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