The image above was taken with a Pentax SP1000 (June 2012) using 35mm black and white Ilford HP5 Plus film.
HP film is a cubic-grain black-and-white film from Ilford Photo. It originated as Hypersensitive Panchromatic plates in 1931. Since then it has developed (pun?) with a number of versions appearing over the years, with HP5 plus (HP5+ for short) being the latest. The main competitor of Ilford HP5 Plus was Kodak Tri-X 400.
The beauty of this film is its grainy quality and because of this it is my film of choice. HP5 was slighty more coarse in comparision to the defuncted Kodak film.
In 1960 the 200 ASA emulsion was relabelled to 400 ASA with no change to the product. The 200 ASA speed included an exposure safety margin, but with improvements in light meters this was deemed unnecessary. The speed was revised up to 400 ASA.
As I have previously mentioned, I haven’t used a 35mm camera for years. I took my old, trusty Pentax K1000 with me to Venice on the Orient Express and took some black and white shots of the train…. The images … Continue reading →