Ilford HP5 Plus 400 35mm Film 36 Exposures

Ilford HP5 Plus 400 35mm Film is a classic. One of the most popular films we sell, it is a versatile high speed, medium contrast film. An excellent choice for pretty much all photography styles.

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Ilford HP5 Plus 400 35mm Film 36 Exposures

Ilford HP5 Plus 400 35mm Film is a classic. It’s one of the most popular black and white films we sell. A versatile high speed, medium contrast film, it is particularly good for unfavourable light conditions. Although it is an excellent choice for pretty much all photography styles.

Nominally rated at ISO 400. Ilford HP5 Plus 35mm film will give you negatives with outstanding sharpness and fine grain under most lighting conditions.


Push Ilford HP5 Plus

Additionally, ilford hp5 plus 400 black and white film has a formula that will respond well to push processing. Film speeds up to 3200 ISO are achievable. Ilford Microphen developer is a good choice for push processing. The developer will help hold good shadow detail and well-separated mid-tones with sharp grain. Find out more about push processing in our Guide To Pushing And Pulling Film.

We also pushed a roll to 1600 ISO and were very impressed with the results. Have a look at Ilford HP5 At 1600. Then grab yourself a roll of this popular 35mm film.

Have a look at the other available Ilford Films. Ilford HP5 400 is also available in 120, 4×5, 35mm bulk rolls and as a disposable camera.


This Is How You Shoot Ilford HP5 400

Want to see some of the different ways you can use Ilford HP5 400? We have put together some of our favourite HP5 400 shots by our customers – you can see them here.

Interested to see more results? Then read our HP5 Plus 400 Film Reviews. We shot a roll of 35mm around London’s South Bank, head over to the review to see what we thought. As well as 35mm, we also shot some 120 of this popular film in our Fuji GA645i. Read the review to see more images.

Don’t forget to look at our HP5 at 1600 we mentioned earlier. Finally, you can see the results with Pyro developer in our HP5 400 In Pyro 510 review.

Another good post to check out is Negative Feedback’s Black and White Film Comparisons to see some Ilford HP5 Plus 400 35mm in comparison to other black and white films.


Explore Black and White Film

Have a look at our Black And White Film Reviews to see how different films compare. Then have a look at how our customer shoot their film – This Is How You Shoot Film. We have a good selection of all the popular Black And White Films, including Ilford HP5Ilford FP4,  Kodak Tri-xFomapan 400 and Kentmere Pan 400.


Guide To Film Photography

And, if you’re new to analogue photography, check out our Beginners Guide To Film Photography. It’s a great starting point when you first get into shooting film. It goes through all the things you need to know. From choosing a film camera to developing your own film at home.


Which Is The Best Film To Choose?

Have you just got hold of a film camera and not sure where to start. We have lots of films to choose from, but you might be wondering which is the best one for you? Then read our guide Choose Your Film. It will give you a good starting point and a clear idea of what the different films do.

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6 reviews for Ilford HP5 Plus 400 35mm Film 36 Exposures

  1. Parallax Photographic Coop

    One of the most popular films around, you can’t really go wrong with HP5. We like the even tones and nice contrast. Also, it picks up lots of detail, from the highlights all the way through to the shadows. Plus, it’s got a reasonable amount of grain, which we think adds to the classic look of HP5.

  2. naxxfish

    HP5+ is amazingly versatile. You can push it tonnes for low light situations, and get some lovely grain texture. It is able to capture tones quite evenly (unless pushed), and is excellent for scanning. If someone asked me what the first black and white film to try would be, this would likely be it. It’s 400 ISO useful in a variety of situations. It’s not as in-your-face contrasty as Tri-X 400, it’s not as flat as FP4 (which a lot of people go for first, for some reason?). Great for sports and action, especially with a flash!

  3. Joe Goodsell

    HP5 is probably my favourite black and white film. It can be easily pulled to 200 or pushed to 800 for a more contrasty, grainy look. It has great tones and a classic, timeless look. It should probably be the first black and white film you try, especially as it comes in at a reasonable price.

  4. Ben Mills

    Incredibly versatile film with a huge exposure latitude. Incredibly reliable and I always carry a roll with me.

  5. hrn.k

    Without a doubt, HP5 is definitely my favourite film. It’s so versatile, so affordable, so perfect. If I could shoot one film for the rest of my life, this is it. If you want finer detail or a lot of grain, this film has your back. It’s no wonder HP5 is a solid favourite for a lot of film shooters.

  6. Flamingoid

    Also a personal favorite of mine. There’s nothing HP5+ can’t do. It’s very sharp and grain has a nice beautiful structure. Exposed and processed at 200, you get a lovely tonal range with very subtle grain. Perfect for portraits or landscape. At box speed, the film packs a little bit more grain and has more contrast but can still show a nice diversity of tones. Pushed to 800 or 1600, it starts to make punchy images with a lot of character. Grain becomes a bit more obvious but the contrast is stark, and that improves the apparent sharpness. The extra speed makes it an excellent choice for low light situations, sports or street photography. I think HP5+ pushes better than Tri-X and looks its best when rated at EI 1600.

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