PANF 50 which is a great film to shoot on bright sunny days and since its 50iso, unless you use a tripod, you can only shoot it in bright light. It has beautiful tones, lovely contrast, and decently fine grain. Since it’s a low iso film it always you to shoot wide open at your fastest aperture.
ILFORD PANF 50 - Film Review
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One of my favorite black and white film stocks!
Ok…so here’s the deal. It’s 50 speed film, which means even in the daytime, you’ll want a tripod and a shutter release. I used a Hasselblad 500cm, and the quality of the images was fantastic! The film is very fine grained, very sharp, and produces some amazing black and white tones. If you have some extra patience, try the film stock out.
I used a spot meter on most shots to get an average of the shadows, and any white areas. I then would add an additional stop to ensure that white parts of buildings were in fact white, rather than maybe a grayish color. You have to remember, that when you meter something, the meter is setting it to 15% gray, so it takes some experimenting.
This is one of my absolute favorites. If you do your part I guarantee the film will do its part. Everything that you want from black and white. I have mine developed as positives and the results are gorgeous.
Fantastic mid tones with very smooth & subtle contrast, but not lifeless & flat either. Does well in full sun & still holds onto shadow detail. Absolutely worth the cost. You can also bulk roll to save $$$. Scans well too