What Film Emulsion Should I Choose? A Guide for Analog Photography

There’s never been a more exciting time to start shooting analog. In our latest original infographic, find out which film emulsion is right for you.

The reports of film’s death are greatly exaggerated. In fact, there’s never been a more exciting time to start shooting analog. If you’re new to the world of film photography, welcome! Plenty of film cameras can be had for a fraction of their original price. There’s bound to be one that will suit your particular needs (Check out our handy guide to the 6 Best Film Cameras for Beginners). Unlike with digital, you don’t get to change your ISO on the fly. Once you load a roll or spool of film into your film camera, you’re locked into that particular roll’s ISO until you finish the whole thing.

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ILFORD Shows Us How to Create Black and White Darkroom Prints

If you’re a film photographer looking to make your first black and white darkroom print, ILFORD covers everything you need to know to get started.

For many ardent film photographers, the process is not complete until one has a print of their photo in their hands. Creating a darkroom print is one of the most magical experiences traditional photography offers. If you’ve been shooting film, you might as well go all the way and give darkroom printing a try, with the help of a quick guide from ILFORD.

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Ilford #MyFilmStory: Capturing the Spirit of Mountains on Large Format

Tedious and unwieldy as it may it seem, Anton Ivanov prefers to capture perilous peaks using his large format camera and Ilford black and white film.

How far are you willing to take your black and white photography? In the latest episode of Ilford‘s #MyFilmStory series, we meet Saint Petersburg-based Anton Ivanov, who combines his love for the mountains and passion for film photography. Taking on some of the world’s tallest peaks and documenting his adventures with a large format camera and Ilford black and white film allows him to capture the spirit of the mountains and the emotions that come with it.

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Ilford Photo Is Asking for Input on Darkroom Printing Habits

If you’re a film photographer who develops and prints your own photos, Ilford wants to know your darkroom printing habits through a survey.

Passionate film photographers who want to be active in keeping the medium alive can do more than buying films and going to independent film labs. They can also support their favorite brands and companies in research and development. One such opportunity comes in Ilford Photo’s callout for their latest global film users survey, which aims to “inspire others to print and/or address the gaps that stop people from printing.” So, if you’re a regular darkroom printer, the company wants your insights.

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ILFORD Shares How Their Prized Black and White Films are Made

If you’ve ever wondered how your favorite 35mm and 120 ILFORD black and white films are made, the company shares it all in their recent short film.

It’s always fascinating to learn about how our favorite things and everyday tools are made. For some photographers that includes their go-to film stocks. Black and white film photographers are definitely in for a treat, as ILFORD recently shared an official peek inside the HARMAN technology factory in Mobberley, England, where the ILFORD and Kentmere product lines are made.

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Dramatic Black and White 4×5 Portraits by Andy Lee

All photos by Andy Lee. Used with Creative Commons permission.

Large format remains the imaging format of choice for many portrait photography projects today, given the outstanding resolution and the impressive amount of detail it renders. If you’re learning about this format now and would like to get inspired with some fine examples, Pembroke-based photographer and creative director Andy Lee has some dramatic 4×5 portraits for you to check out.

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The ILFORD Ultra Large Format Ordering Window is Back!

Attention, ILFORD fans and black and white film photographers! Now is your chance to go big — like Ultra Large Format big!

If you’ve been long waiting for the chance to shoot Ultra Large Format (ULF), it’s now time to dust off your gorgeous cameras and grab some black and white film from ILFORD. HARMAN Technology Ltd. (ILFORD PHOTO) has just opened their ULF program for this year, allowing practitioners of the craft to go big with their black and white snaps without having to worry about most of the restrictions that come with typical minimum order quantity.

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Brendan Barry Makes His Own Cameras by Hand

The latest installment of the ILFORD Inspires series takes us to the camera-making and print-making adventures of a large format photographer.

In the newest episode of the ILFORD Inspires series, we are introduced to UK-based large format photographer, educator, and camera maker Brendan Barry, as well as some of the fascinating handmade cameras he uses to create his prints. Whether you have a keen interest on making your own cameras or simply curious about what his creations have allowed him to achieve, you’ll definitely be delighted watching this short film.

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This Cool Double Exposure Was Done In-Camera on a Mamiya RB67

Lead image by Danny Stewart. Used with permission.

If you’ve ever used many higher end medium format film cameras, one of the things that you always have to remember to do is advance the film unless you want a double exposure. Even then, sometimes it happens on accident. But in the case of Danny Stewart, this accident was a really cool one. Danny is a regular poster to R/Analog and shared this image with the subreddit. As you can tell, even if this was an accident, one would mistake it for a very intentional image with a message. It happened while Danny was working with his Mamiya RB67.

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Useful Photography Tip #187: How to Remember What 120 Film You Were Shooting With

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Most Medium Format cameras don’t have some sort of window on the back of the camera that you can peer into; one of the many way that they differ from 35mm cameras. So then the question becomes how to remember what film you’ve got in that camera? Well, the answer varies but the most consistent one that you’ll find is that you should be using the little note holder on either the back of the camera or the film back depending on what you’re using.

Let’s say that I was shooting some Ilford Delta 400 in my Mamiya 6. What I’d do is take a little tab from the box that clearly notes what film it is and slip it into the little holder. This way, it will stay in place and when I go back to pick the camera up to shoot, I’ll remember that Ilford Delta 400 is in there.

Why not just finish the roll, you ask? Well, 120 film usually has less shots per roll vs 35mm film. Depending on the format, you could have something like 16 shots when shooting at the 645 forma or even 9 at the larger variants like 6×9 format. Because of this, you also tend to be much more heavily selective of your shots. You’ll switch camera backs between color and black and white as well if you’re using an SLR style of camera that allows you to do so. Just to note, a camera like the Pentax 67 won’t let you switch backs but the Mamiya RB67 Pros S will. Otherwise, there’s a possibility that you can go for some time without shooting images with that camera and back, and you’ll just forget that there’s film in there. You may also forget what film you put inside unless you’re the type to really stick to a few emulsions.

Film Emulsion Review: Ilford FP4 Plus 125 (35mm and 120)

Ilford FP4 Plus 125 is one of the more unique films on the market.

Since learning about what it could do years ago, I’ve had an affinity for Ilford FP4 Plus 125, but also understood that it isn’t a jack of all trades type of film. Instead, Ilford FP4 125 is what I’d like to call a film that you’d try to shoot high contrast with, but with the knowledge that the shadows are going to be opened up no matter what. In fact, that’s really what this film is all about. You’re often encouraged to underexpose it to get more from the highlights and have the shadows be taken care of in the processing. Available in both 35mm and 120 film stocks, Ilford FP4 125 can be really beautiful in the right hands. While I may instead reach for CineStill bwXX for portraits, I’ve found Ilford FP4 Plus 125 to be best for things like street and abstract, architecture photos.

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The Guide to 100 Speed Black and White Films

In the past couple of years, film emulsions have been experiencing a bit of a revamp. Some have disappeared while others have been either resurrected or created. With that in mind, it’s time for a brand new guide to these emulsions.

In this guide I will be comparing every 100 (ish) speed, black and white film which is actively being produced and readily available to the U.S. market in mid 2018, with the goal to help those of you who are new to film photography figure out a film which might be right fit for you.

While this guide is probably going to be most helpful for beginning film photographers, I’m hopeful that more experienced film shooters will also find this guide valuable and interesting. Due to the nature and scope of what we’re tackling here, this isn’t going to be a super short video. So here are some timestamps to help you navigate the portions you may find most interesting.

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A Quick Look at Ilford Delta 3200 vs Kodak TMax P3200

Ilford Delta 3200 vs Kodak TMax P3200 is the film comparison we need right now

In the analog film world, there are two big high ISO black and white films in existence: Ilford Delta 3200 and Kodak TMax P3200. They’re both much different films, but they’re also both black and white. It recently came to our attention that folks would love to see some sort of comparison of both. And so we decided to go through our archives of testing to bring you some of our thoughts.

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Field Report: Working with the Silberra Pan Film Lineup

Silberra creates a pretty beautiful lineup of films, but nothing that is too starkly different from the rest

I have to admit that I’m really excited when a new film manufacturer pops up or a company announces a new film emulsion. Silberra is a key example of this. The company has an ISO 50, 100, 160, and 200 film in black and white. Something that I was really concerned about though is just how they were going to distinguish themselves from all the rest. I mean, when Japan Camera Hunter Street Pan 400 came out, I was able to see how it stacks up against the rest. It’s a much different film which means it should be used differently. Kodak has Tri-X and T-Max, Lomography has the Grey series, and Ilford has an incredibly large stable of black and white film emulsions. So with Silberra, there needed to be something incredibly special about their film.

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Ilford Has Updated Their Box Designs for 35mm and 120 Film

You might spot something different on the box the next time you get some Ilford film

Are you among the eagle-eyed film photographers who have noticed Ilford’s new film box design? If you haven’t seen the change yet, we got the details for you.

Don’t worry, the new packaging isn’t much different from the clean and easily identifiable design we all know and love. It still sports the big Ilford brand name on one of the longer sides. The color-coded names of the emulsions are also still being used. The announced update to the design is actually just a small change but still noticeable enough.

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Kodak: No, Kodak TMax P3200 Isn’t an ISO 3200 Film.

We’ve been hearing a whole lot of misinformation about Kodak TMax P3200; so we’re clearing the air up.

Kodak TMax P3200 is Kodak’s latest film offering; and apparently there is a fair amount of confusion about the film emulsion. Share images from it in various groups and you’ll hear people say “But isn’t is an ISO 3200 film?” The answer: No, it isn’t.

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Can You Guess Why Shooting Film Isn’t Vegan Friendly? Ilford Explains

Ilford answers vegans’ questions about film in a straightforward FAQ

One of the things keeping vegans from shooting film is the fact that the medium uses animal gelatin as part of the emulsion coating on the plastic film base. The short answer is, yes, film contains animal products, but Ilford attempts to explain this matter in a straightforward and honest FAQ.

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Ilford Demonstrates How to Develop Your First Black and White Film

Learn black and white film developing tips for beginners from the esteemed Ilford.

Ilford is not only one of the best known makers of black and white film, but also one of the strong stalwarts of film photography itself.  So, if you’re planning to get into black and white film photography, the folks of Ilford are among the best to learn from on how to develop your own films as well.

Whether you’re a digital photographer curious about black and white film photography, or an analogue lover who wants to dive into this traditional medium, the experience will be even more rewarding with learning how to process your own films. In the quick video below, Ilford has outlined all you need to know if you’re doing film developing for the first time.

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Rejoice! Kodak T-MAX P3200 is Coming Back to Us!

Kodak has been dropping hints about Kodak T-MAX P3200 all week.

One of the biggest things the analog photography world needs is more fast, high ISO films. Today, Kodak is answering that with Kodak T-MAX P3200. Kodak T-MAX films have always had a finer grain due to the structure of T-grain, and because of that, it’s ISO 400 cousin has some incredibly tight grain for an ISO 400 film. With that said, I’m sure that we can expect similar results with the new Kodak T-MAX P3200.

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The Digital Photographer’s Introduction to Black and White Film Photography

Black and white film photography is more complicated than you may have thought.

Black and white film photography is back for sure. And with many folks returning to film photography, I wanted to pass on some knowledge that wasn’t given to me initially. Everyone always used to say, “Go shoot Tri-X,” and that was it. After shooting with other films, all that means to me now is that they didn’t know anything else beyond that. There are so many more films beyond that and so much more you should know.

Another myth is that black and white film is more or less the same when it comes to versatility. That couldn’t be any further from the truth. There are black and white equivalents for negative and positive films. Still confused? We’ll show you the differences. Prepare to be surprised.

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Film Emulsion Review: Ilford Delta 400 (35mm and 120)

Ilford Delta 400 is perhaps my absolute favorite film emulsion.

While I really enjoy the look of Kodak Tri-X 400, almost nothing in black and white has made me drool like Ilford Delta 400. I’ve always felt Ilford Delta 400 delivers those inky, beautiful black levels I’m smitten with. It’s a beautiful film for street photography, portraits, candids, etc. It’s simply a gorgeous film that consistently delivers everything I want in a photo. What makes Ilford Delta 400 even better for me is that it pushes and pulls well and looks good no matter what ISO you’re shooting it at. I’ve shot it in both 120 and 35mm and found both types of results to look pretty fantastic. Ilford Delta 400 doesn’t have the characteristic grain Tri-X does, but a very classic look instead. It isn’t as gritty as Tri-X, and for that reason you shouldn’t necessarily use it as such.

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