Sometime ago I bought some Ilford PanF 50+ black and white film. Ilford are perhaps the Daddy of black and white film, though, personally I generally use Fuji lines of film for colour and black and white. But I’ve seldom being disappointed with any Ilford films.

The two I have used quite a bit over the years are Delta 3000 and PanF 50+. Delta is very grainy, but that’s good if that is the look you seek. For portraiture and the like, I prefer smoother films and PanF 50 is one of them. The trick to using it well however (and this is true of most films anyway) is not to shoot it at box speed but rather a stop or too more. For example, ISO50 film (which PanF+ 50 is) is best shot, I find, at EI25.

The shots below were taken using my Nikon F5 set at ISO25 with spot metering, where the metering was taken generally of the shadow area of the scene that I wanted to be adequately exposed. I’m sure you will agree, the results are very pleasing.

Ilford Pan 50+ Example

Ilford PanF 50+ Example

Ilford PanF 50+ Example

Ilford PanF 50+ Example

Ilford PanF 50+ Example

Ilford PanF 50+ Example