Ilford HP-5 400

Discussion in 'Darkroom Developing and Printing' started by Bert Lippel, Sep 10, 2003.

  1. Bert Lippel

    Bert Lippel Guest


    I want to give this film a try and wonder what users experiences are--ie
    useful ASA and developers. Not interested in pushing the film. Mostly for


    Bert Lippel, Sep 10, 2003
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  2. Why not buy a roll, shoot it and see for yourself?

    The very first roll of film I ever developed myself
    was HP5, and I developed it in Ilfosol S. The results
    were very nice indeed.

    Laura Halliday VE7LDH "Que les nuages soient notre
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    Laura Halliday, Sep 10, 2003
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  3. For a static portrait, why a 400 speed film which has increased grain
    compared to 100 speed?

    Dennis O'Connor, Sep 10, 2003
  4. That was my question. Not that there's anything wrong with HP5, but
    why not use a slower, finer-grained film? Even Delta 400 is
    finer-grained. For portatits, HP5 would not be my first choice.
    Michael Scarpitti, Sep 11, 2003
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    Tim Shoppa Guest

    I shot a lot of it in medium format, mostly diffused flash candids,
    and developed in Acufine. I was extremely happy with the results.
    Grain in 11x14 enlargements was definitely noticable but IMHO pleasing.

    Today I use TMY and XTOL with similar results.

    Tim Shoppa, Sep 11, 2003
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    Dr. Dagor Guest

    The data sheet is available on the web...

    HP5 is great film, but of the older Tri-X school instead of the T-max,
    modern, super thin emulsion variety.

    Its suitability for portraits depends on your film size. I would not
    recommend it for 35mm -- Delta 400 is a better choice, as is XP2. But
    in large format it's a pretty interesting film. Like Tri-X it has the
    property of being very sharp, even though it is grainy (compared to
    FP4 Plus or Delta 400 anyway).

    Many of the great, instantly recognizable advertising black and white
    shots were done with HP5 plus. The famous picture of the guy getting
    blasted by speakers while he's sitting in a big leather chair (with
    hair and tie being blown over his shoulders) was shot on HP5 Plus.
    It's got SNAP!

    The film strikes me as at its most effective in shooting contrasty
    subjects with lots of highlights -- product shots, for example. It
    works very well under strobes.

    But for subtle portraits in 35mm or even medium format, Delta 400 is
    probably the better choice.
    Dr. Dagor, Sep 12, 2003
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