Favorite B&W film

Discussion in 'Beyond the Basics' started by voodoocat, Aug 13, 2003.

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Favorite B&W film

  1. Kodak

    21.4%
  2. Fujifilm

    7.1%
  3. AGFA

    7.1%
  4. Ilford

    50.0%
  5. other

    14.3%
  1. voodoocat

    voodoocat ))<>(( Supporting Member

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    What is your favorite B&W film? I have only shot one roll of Kodak Tri-X developed with Rodinal. My dad did it and didn't have a thermometer, so we guessed on the temperature. I've also heard this film is great pushed to 1600.

    I hear XP-2 is the highest contrast B&W available so I would like to try that as well.

    I would like to buy the reel and chemicals to develop my own so I can get instant gratification.
     
  2. Bob_McBob

    Bob_McBob TPF Noob!

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    HP5 Plus - cheap and beautiful ;)
    It's silly to develop film for contrast - better to get an average contrast with lots of detail, and PRINT (or scan) for the contrast.
     
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    dlc TPF Noob!

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    Not a fan of black and white film or photos. I have shot maybe four rolls in my life. If I would shoot a roll of film that I thought would would be more appropriate in B&W, my lab can make B&W prints from color negs.
     
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    motcon TPF Noob!

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    i'm with Bob..hp5 is a workhorse. fp4 and panf are beauties as well.

    your trix - guessing at any variable (time/temp/dilution/etc.) will result in 'eh' negatives.

    oh, and for pushing, hp5 again :) pushes extremely well.

    xp2 is the lowest contrast film in black and white. it holds highlight detail extremely well even in overhead bright sun. if you want extreme contrast, on a normal b&w emulsion, start by over developing a film like hp5 by 35% or so. if you REALLY want high contrast, try tech pan.

    there's nothing like the experience of developing black and white film.
     
  5. Jeff Canes

    Jeff Canes No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    :camera: I use Ilford XP2 most of the time when I shoot B&W. ItÂ’s a C-41 process film. As for it being the highest contrast available. I would say no. Ilford SFX 200 is an Extended Red Sensitivity film, used it on a trip a few years ago. All most to much contrast IMO :?

    Used Ilford SFX 200 for both of these photos
    http://community.webshots.com/photo/13386486/13638698KupQPhsfNX
    http://community.webshots.com/photo/13386486/13639320kZHjFJRojE

    Ilford XP2
    http://community.webshots.com/photo/13386486/13639800ASqnjNsQby
    http://community.webshots.com/photo/21900605/22214862dFDxaFTrnH
     
  6. motcon

    motcon TPF Noob!

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    sfx needs to be used with a filter. either a red 25 or opaque 87. with the filter, the contrast will be ideal.
     
  7. motcon

    motcon TPF Noob!

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    whoops. i read that as 'mush' contrast, not much.

    ya, there's a lot of contrast, but it can be tamed w/the right dev.
     
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    I have always been an Ilford fan. HP5, FP4 & XP2.
     

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