When ilford were teasing about something new coming to the film photography market a while back I was eager to find out what it could be …
When they announced Ortho Plus 80 I was excited to try it out as I have never used Orthochromatic film before.
Just incase you don’t know what Ortho film is here is a little snippet from ilford….
“ILFORD ORTHO PLUS is an orthochromatic black and white film. Designed as a high-resolution copy film for negatives, ORTHO PLUS offers superb photographic potential thanks to its fine grain and sharpness.
Ideally suited for landscape photography, the blue and green sensitivity of this emulsion enables the film to be handled in deep red* safelight conditions making processing and inspection easier.
Its lack of red sensitivity also means that reds and oranges in your frame are rendered darker with stronger contrast than standard panchromatic films (all other ILFORD and Kentmere films are panchromatic).”
So over christmas I went out over 2 days trying to shoot a range of subjects to see how it performed … I used my Nikon F100 and 50mm f1.4 and developed it using ilfotecHC 1+31 dilution for 6 minutes.
I was really impressed with the images … lovely fine grain, great tonal range and really sharp.
If this was a bit faster than 80 it would challenge my love for HP5+ as my goto B&W film.
I have a roll of 120 to try next and may put it through my Fuji GW690iii to see how much resolution the lovely film stock will produce.
So here is most of the roll as I have omitted some frames as they were duplicates due to bracketing some images.
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