Tag: black and white

Tokyo City Scanner 001

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Country: Japan
City: Tokyo
Camera: Pentax 6×7 and Sony A7II
Lens: Super Takumar 105mm f2.4 6×7 and Old Nokton 50mm f1.5 Prominent mount

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lonely-guy-sitting-on-bench-outside-JR-station-in-shinjuku-district-japan-street-tokyo-streetphotography-blackandwhite-BW-B&W-japanese-travel-with-pentax-67-6x7-mediumformat-medium-format-120-Delta-400-Ilford-Film-analog-105mm-f2.4-super-takumar
Old-man-with-his-dog-walking-in-shinjuku-district-japan-street-tokyo-streetphotography-blackandwhite-BW-B&W-japanese-travel-with-pentax-67-6x7-mediumformat-medium-format-120-Delta-400-Ilford-Film-analog-105mm-f2.4-super-takumarShinjuku, Tokyo (Pentax 6×7 105mm f2.5 Super Takumar)
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creating-geometry-circle-district-japan-street-tokyo-streetphotography-blackandwhite-BW-B&W-japanese-travel-with-Sony-A7-A7II-digital-camera-old-nokton-voigtlander-50mm-f1.5-1.5-prominent-mount-vintage
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Cool-guy-with-sunglasses-at-night-time-inside-Goldengai-Golden-Gai-Famous-shinjuku-district-japan-street-tokyo-streetphotography-blackandwhite-BW-B&W-japanese-travel-with-Sony-A7-A7II-digital-camera-old-nokton-voigtlander-50mm-f1.5-1.5-prominent-mount-vintage
woman-drinking-and-smoking-in-bar-inside-Goldengai-Golden-Gai-Famous-shinjuku-district-japan-street-tokyo-streetphotography-blackandwhite-BW-B&W-japanese-travel-with-Sony-A7-A7II-digital-camera-old-nokton-voigtlander-50mm-f1.5-1.5-prominent-mount-vintagewoman smoking inside Golden Gai (Sony A7II Nokton 50mm f1.5 Prominent Mount)
at-night-woman-was-having-a-cigarette-smoking-outside-shinjuku-district-japan-street-tokyo-streetphotography-blackandwhite-BW-B&W-japanese-travel-with-Sony-A7-A7II-digital-camera-old-nokton-voigtlander-50mm-f1.5-1.5-prominent-mount-vintageShinjuku Station (Sony A7II Nokton 50mm f1.5 Prominent Mount)

 

 

Hong Kong City Scanner 002

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City: Hong Kong
Camera: Leica M2
Lens: Leica Summilux 35mm f1.4 FLE ASPH, Summicron 35mm f2 IV pre-a
Film: JCH Street Pan 400

Bright Sunny day with a roll of JCH Pan 400 to do some city snaps in Wan Chai District.

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Geometry-Workers-Hong-Kong-Street-Snap-Streetphotography-Style-JCH pan 400-Japan Camera Hunter-JCH-ISO400-Back and white film-B&W- BW-Analog-Film camera-135 format
Guy bringing his work companion-Lizard-reptile-Hong-Kong-Street-Snap-Streetphotography-Style-JCH pan 400-Japan Camera Hunter-JCH-ISO400-Back and white film-B&W- BW-Analog-Film camera-135 format-Leica SummiluxHe brings his lizard to work! (JCH Street Pan 400 with Summilux 35mm f1.4 ASPH FLE)
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Keith-Fong-Snapping in Wan Chai-JCH-Pan 400-Japan Camera Hunter-Hong Kong-Leica User-Street Shot-Shooter-rangefinder-ISO400-film-black and white-135Keith snapping around (JCH Street Pan 400 with Summicron 35mm f2 IV pre-a)(Above and below)
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Old man are posing-Park-WaterFront-hook-Sunny Day-JCH pan 400-ISO400-Summicron 35mm-film-black and white-Japan Camera HunterJCH Street Pan 400 with Summicron 35mm f2 IV pre-a
Helicopter-Landing-Government-Hong-Kong-Street-Snap-Streetphotography-Style-JCH pan 400-Japan Camera Hunter-JCH-ISO400-Back and white film-B&W- BW-Analog-Film camera-135 formatTaking off (JCH Street Pan 400 with Summilux 35mm f1.4 ASPH FLE)
Lizard-reptile-Hong-Kong-Street-Snap-Streetphotography-Style-JCH pan 400-Japan Camera Hunter-JCH-ISO400-Back and white film-B&W- BW-Analog-Film camera-135 format-Portrait-Guy-SogoHis work companion (JCH Street Pan 400 with Summilux 35mm f1.4 ASPH FLE)

 

Kentmere 400

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Ilford B&W negative alternative?

Ilford film is pricy but with high quality. If you are looking for low-budgeted film that allows you to shoot more extensively, Kentmere is the best option for you to take some nice black and white photos. It is cheap, reliable and has the “Classical” grey tone. This film only available in 135 format. It would be great if it has medium format too.

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ISO: 400

Film type: Black and white

Character: Broad tonal range, fine grain and good sharpness

Broad tonal range with good contrast

I would say the Kentmere 400 is with great price and quality. I discovered this film from Free Style Photographic Supplies back in 2010 (mainly because of the cheap price offered). After trying several of it I was quickly attracted by its tone, a classic mood with nice texture produced in the images, the tone gradation has so many layers. I have been shooting the film under daylight, indoor or even with studio flash, under different situation the film produced stable and unique character, especially the silver glittering highlight and it gives you a general nice grey tone. Overall, the white tone stands out more than other black and white film. Here is some images review below.

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Holocaust-Berlin-travel-visit-Black-and-white-analog-film-leica-summicron-35mm-f2-35-v1-Kentmere-400-iso400-film-review
Concentration-Camp-Berlin-Germany-travel-visit-Black-and-white-analog-film-leica-summicron-35mm-f2-35-v1-Kentmere-400-iso400-film-review
Should-respect-not-jumping-running-in-holocaust-Berlin-Germany-Black-and-white-analog-film-leica-summicron-35mm-f2-35-v1-Kentmere-400-iso400-film-review-snapshot

Fine grain and good sharpness

It is a relatively grainy B&W film. Even I developed it with Ilford DDX developer (Great pair with fast film). However, the grain makes the film quite special because it enhanced the micro-contrast and the grain is not heavily done. I would describe Ilford HP5 grain is “Heavy” and this Kentmere film grain is “Soft and light”. If you are looking for fine grain black and white film, I would suggest you to use Ilford Delta series. It has high sharpness and portrait every detail in the film.

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Man-delivering-canned-LPG-gas-to-household-Rigid-summicron-50mm-f2-50-leica-Black-and-white-BW-B&W-film-analog-snap-snapshot-Kentmere-Film-DDX-Ilford-Hong-Kong-Minorities-Slum
Rigid-summicron-50mm-f2-50-leica-Black-and-white-BW-B&W-film-analog-snap-snapshot-Kentmere-Film-DDX-Ilford-Hong-Kong-Minorities-Slum
Castle-Fussen-Germany-travel-visit-Black-and-white-analog-film-leica-summicron-35mm-f2-35-v1-Kentmere-400-iso400-film-review

Pushing the film

This film is not that flexible to push compare with Ilford Delta, HP5 or Kodak Double-X. It will lose details and textures in the highlight easily and also the darker shadow will become rich dark black. I have tried to use it at ISO800 or up to ISO1600.

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Sydney-Australia-La-perous-portrait-audrey-Noctilux-50mm-50-f1-f1.0-v3-Leica-black-and-white-B&W-BW-Kentmere-400-push-to-800-iso800-high-contrast-
Sydney-Australia-La-perous-portrait-audrey-Noctilux-50mm-50-f1-f1.0-v3-Leica-black-and-white-B&W-BW-Kentmere-400-push-to-800-iso800-high-contrast-
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What lenses did I use?

Leica Summicron 35mm f2 v1

Leica Summicron 50mm f2 Rigid type 1

Leica Summilux 50mm f1.4 v2

Leica Noctilux 50mm f1 v3

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Holocaust-Berlin-travel-visit-Black-and-white-analog-film-leica-summicron-35mm-f2-35-v1-Kentmere-400-iso400-film-review
Making-new-friends-Munich-Germany-Black-and-white-analog-film-leica-summilux-50mm-50-f1.4-v2-Kentmere-400-iso400-film-review-snapshot
Making-new-friends-Munich-Germany-Black-and-white-analog-film-leica-summilux-50mm-50-f1.4-v2-Kentmere-400-iso400-film-review-snapshotHoly-Chef-Fresh-flower-restaurant-Black-and-white-analog-film-leica-summicron-35mm-f2-35-v1-Kentmere-400-iso400-film-review

Kodak Eastman 5222 Double-X

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Motion picture black and white film?

Most of you must have already been using motion picture colour negative film such as CineStill 50D, CineStill 800T…etc. Kodak Eastman 5222 Double-X is Kodak’s legendary 35mm black and white cine film available for use in 35mm camera. Films such as Schindler’s List (1993), Memento (2000) and Casino Royale (2006) have used Double-X to evoke strong emotions like only black-and-white can do.

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Name: Kodak Eastman 5222 Double-X

ISO: 200 (Tungsten), 250 (Daylight)

Film type: Black and white

Character: Medium contrast with medium grain structure

 

Wide greyscale and sharpness 

Double-X has the subtleties in tone scale with a scratch-resistant backing layer. It also has a great depth of field without increased illumination. With its stunning tones and dynamic range, any developer in the market could have it developed nicely and resulted in good sharpness. Comparing the Eastman Double-X with Kodak Tri-X, the later one gives you a relatively harder sharpness. If you like softer tone and use with vintage Leica glass, then Double-X for sure is something that you are looking for.

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Black and white, BW, B&W, film, analog, snap, snapshot, night tone, smooth, self develop, HC-110, ilford HP5, HP5, iso400, pushed 2 stops, 1600, iso 1600, 黑白, 黑白攝影, 菲林黑白, 新手, beginner guide, ilford DDX, Kodak, Eastman, 5222, motion picture, cinefilm, cine, double-x, doublex, XX, double x, what black and white film to shoot with, other brand, try film, test film
Black and white, BW, B&W, film, analog, snap, snapshot, night tone, smooth, self develop, HC-110, ilford HP5, HP5, iso400, pushed 2 stops, 1600, iso 1600, 黑白, 黑白攝影, 菲林黑白, 新手, beginner guide, ilford DDX, Kodak, Eastman, 5222, motion picture, cinefilm, cine, double-x, doublex, XX, double x, what black and white film to shoot with, other brand, try film, test film
Black and white, BW, B&W, film, analog, snap, snapshot, night tone, smooth, self develop, HC-110, ilford HP5, HP5, iso400, pushed 2 stops, 1600, iso 1600, 黑白, 黑白攝影, 菲林黑白, 新手, beginner guide, ilford DDX, Kodak, Eastman, 5222, motion picture, cinefilm, cine, double-x, doublex, XX, double x, what black and white film to shoot with, other brand, try film, test film
Black and white, BW, B&W, film, analog, snap, snapshot, night tone, smooth, self develop, HC-110, ilford HP5, HP5, iso400, pushed 2 stops, 1600, iso 1600, 黑白, 黑白攝影, 菲林黑白, 新手, beginner guide, ilford DDX, Kodak, Eastman, 5222, motion picture, cinefilm, cine, double-x, doublex, XX, double x, what black and white film to shoot with, other brand, try film, test film

Superb dynamic range and Fine grain

It has very long density range and with medium contrast for movie making. When you use the film in high contrast environments, highlights and shadows are kept in great details. I have developed some of them in Kodak HC-110 (B) before and resulted in low contrast. Some online forum suggested that using Kodak D76 developer is the perfect match! Eastman Double-X is mainly for movie making and the grain is much finer than Kodak Tri-X and I think the grain intensity is between Ilford HP5 and Delta 400.

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Black and white, BW, B&W, film, analog, snap, snapshot, night tone, smooth, self develop, HC-110, ilford HP5, HP5, iso400, pushed 2 stops, 1600, iso 1600, 黑白, 黑白攝影, 菲林黑白, 新手, beginner guide, ilford DDX, Kodak, Eastman, 5222, motion picture, cinefilm, cine, double-x, doublex, XX, double x, what black and white film to shoot with, other brand, try film, test film


Comparing Double-X with other black and white film

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Note: Table developed based on my personal experiences with the different BW films and developers.

Black and white, BW, B&W, film, analog, snap, snapshot, night tone, smooth, self develop, HC-110, ilford HP5, HP5, iso400, pushed 2 stops, 1600, iso 1600, 黑白, 黑白攝影, 菲林黑白, 新手, beginner guide, ilford DDX, Kodak, Eastman, 5222, motion picture, cinefilm, cine, double-x, doublex, XX, double x, what black and white film to shoot with, other brand, try film, test film
Black and white, BW, B&W, film, analog, snap, snapshot, night tone, smooth, self develop, HC-110, ilford HP5, HP5, iso400, pushed 2 stops, 1600, iso 1600, 黑白, 黑白攝影, 菲林黑白, 新手, beginner guide, ilford DDX, Kodak, Eastman, 5222, motion picture, cinefilm, cine, double-x, doublex, XX, double x, what black and white film to shoot with, other brand, try film, test film
Black and white, BW, B&W, film, analog, snap, snapshot, night tone, smooth, self develop, HC-110, ilford HP5, HP5, iso400, pushed 2 stops, 1600, iso 1600, 黑白, 黑白攝影, 菲林黑白, 新手, beginner guide, ilford DDX, Kodak, Eastman, 5222, motion picture, cinefilm, cine, double-x, doublex, XX, double x, what black and white film to shoot with, other brand, try film, test filmBlack and white, BW, B&W, film, analog, snap, snapshot, night tone, smooth, self develop, HC-110, ilford HP5, HP5, iso400, pushed 2 stops, 1600, iso 1600, 黑白, 黑白攝影, 菲林黑白, 新手, beginner guide, ilford DDX, Kodak, Eastman, 5222, motion picture, cinefilm, cine, double-x, doublex, XX, double x, what black and white film to shoot with, other brand, try film, test film
Black and white, BW, B&W, film, analog, snap, snapshot, night tone, smooth, self develop, HC-110, ilford HP5, HP5, iso400, pushed 2 stops, 1600, iso 1600, 黑白, 黑白攝影, 菲林黑白, 新手, beginner guide, ilford DDX, Kodak, Eastman, 5222, motion picture, cinefilm, cine, double-x, doublex, XX, double x, what black and white film to shoot with, other brand, try film, test film

Flexibility to push or pull the film

Double-X is flexible to be pushed up to ISO800 and usually I rate it at ISO 400 for street snaps in daylight. At ISO 400, aperture step down, compose and shoot! It gives you autonomy to use at different ISO speed in different circumstances and it ease the pain to consider which film to bring for your own trip.

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What lenses did I use?

Voigtlander 35mm f1.2 v2 asph

Leica Summicron 35mm f2 v1

Leica Summicron 50mm f2 v1 collapsible

Leica Summilux 50mm f1.4 v2

Leica Noctilux 50mm f1 e58 v1

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Black and white, BW, B&W, film, analog, snap, snapshot, night tone, smooth, self develop, HC-110, ilford HP5, HP5, iso400, pushed 2 stops, 1600, iso 1600, 黑白, 黑白攝影, 菲林黑白, 新手, beginner guide, ilford DDX, Kodak, Eastman, 5222, motion picture, cinefilm, cine, double-x, doublex, XX, double x, what black and white film to shoot with, other brand, try film, test film
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Ilford Delta Professional 400

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Ilford Delta 400

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Name: Ilford Delta Professional

ISO: 400

Film type: Black and white

Character: Fine grain, high sharpness with medium contrast

Difference between Delta 400 and HP5+

Ilford Delta 400 is a high-speed black and white film which has a modern emulsion (tabular-grain film) that can result with finer grain but with less latitude. I would say its tone belongs to the modern days while Ilford HP5+ belongs to the past with more grain and tonal range. Delta 400 gives you a much cooler tone and produce “cleaner” images especially using it for portrait.

Greyscale and sharpness 

Delta 400 offers superior depth in greyscale. It has more even tonal range which gives you a modern feeling and absolute predictability on the image result. While HP5 plus is more classic and artistic and producing images in charcoal like drawings. Beside, it has great sharpness at ISO 400 or even up to ISO 1600. With such a great gradation on tone, it is one of the best high speed films for portrait photography.

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How is Delta different from other brands?

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Grain

With the use of core-shell crystal technology, it produced fine grain structure at ISO 400. Comparing HP5 with Delta 400, Delta 400 is more modern because of its uniform grain structure. But why do some of us still prefer HP5+ instead of Delta 400 even its grain is so smooth? The reason might be the smoother grain lack of strong character and images are relatively flat. However, the coarser grain from HP5+ gives you better texture and a more unique character.

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Flexibility to push or pull the film

Ilford Delta has flexibility to be pushed up to ISO800 or even at ISO3200, same as HP5+ and the result is excellent, except that HP5+ will be grainy but Delta Professional can keep its contrast consistently at different rate. I would recommend it to be processed using Ilford DDX developer to achieve the finest grain and improve its overall details and sharpness.

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What lenses did I use to take the images?

Leica Summicron 35mm f2 v1

Rolleiflex 2.8F

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Ilford HP5 Plus 400

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Ilford HP5 Plus 400

Which black and white film should I start with?

For people who are new to photography, this is one of the most often asked questions. People are usually either impressed by the unique result produced from the black and white film or are attracted by the texture of the photo which cannot be replicated in digital format. In my opinion, shooting in black and white can help film shooters practice using different light sources and obtain more layers of gradients without worrying about the colours. As long as you like black and white photography, you can’t go wrong with this film.

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Name: Ilford HP5+

ISO: 400

Film type: Black and white

Character: High contrast with high grain structure

Overview

Ilford HP5+ is a classic black and white film with grainy texture. Among all other types of black and white film, I would describe HP5 and Kodak Tri-x as two extremes. It has relatively better contrast and higher grain structure while the later one gives lower contrast and is usually used by many famous photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson.

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Greyscale and sharpness 

HP5 has a rough character. It gives your image that journalistic feel yet with a vintage tone when you shoot it at ISO400, while the same line up of Delta 400 gives you a more pictorial result. I like to use HP5 in documentary type of photography and it gives me the timeliness feeling. I also do prefer it over the Kodak Tri-X mainly because Tri-X makes the picture looks too greyish when there isn’t much contrast.

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How is HP5 different from other brands?

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Note: Table developed based on my personal experiences with the different BW films and developers.

Grain

With classic emulsion, it has high grain structure at ISO 400 and of course, it also depends on which developer you use. If you develop it with HC-110, the grain will be coarser. However, if you pair this with DDX, it will be silky smooth. Comparing HP5 with Delta 400, Delta 400 looks less classic but with more fine grain structure. Then in that case, why do people still go for HP5 instead of Delta 400? It all depends on your taste and HP5 can easily be recognized by its unique characters.

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Flexibility to push or pull the film

Ilford HP5 plus has flexibility to be pushed up to ISO1600 or even at ISO3200, and the result is excellent. I would recommend processing it with Ilford DDX developer in order to achieve the finest grain and to improve its overall details and sharpness.

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What lenses did I use to take these images?

Leica Summicron 35mm f2 v1

Leica Summicron 50mm f2 v1 collapsible

Leica Summicron 50mm f2 v1 radioactive

Leica Summilux 50mm f1.4 v2

Leica Noctilux 50mm f1.0 v3

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