The H, the P, the 5, the Plus

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As said in the last post, it was time for a new film, the HP5 Plus from Ilford. Carefully exposed with my trusty Canon 3000N, crazily shot with a 65mm Super Rotator from Hartblei. Developed using the Delta Recipe .

Let the pictures speak for themselves:

As you can see, the film behaves beautiful in caffenol, the tonal range is quite impressive, the negatives scan easily. Together with the Hartblei Tilt Shift it’s a joy to ban architectural, abstract or even normal subjects on film.

This film is available quite cheap if just shortly expired and then sells for about 2 EURO, so this is a really capable film if exposed carefully.

I already have the next roll loaded and will try how it behaves if exposed at ISO 800.


Dirk Essl is the founder of And has done a tremendous amount of coffee development in the past.


Valken · April 2, 2010 at 10:08 am

The dynamic of the film is very good. Low and high lights together.
Who said film is dead? 😀

Btw, do you know a method to develop a Velvia 100?


olivier · August 17, 2014 at 1:56 pm


Thank you for the informations about developing HP5+ with caffenol.
I just tried it, it works very well.

I used a modified version of the recipe found on this blog: as I didn’t have enough Vitamin C, I used only 30g instead of 40g.
I developed 3×120 + 1×135 films for about 8 to 10 minutes, depending on temperature (20 to 22°C).

The only strange thing is I don’t obtain a brown tint on my negatives. The tint is between pink and purple.
What color are your HP5+ negatives ?

erikjan · August 12, 2015 at 3:12 pm

the pink or purple color of your negative means your fix is expired/exhausted

Dan · November 28, 2016 at 9:54 pm

Hi this is great. I’m curious as to why you had to double the vitamin C for HP5. Is it because the finer grain film is more demanding to develop? I’m looking for normal contrast! Thanks 🙂

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