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hello all, i will be trying a new film this weekend, ilfford sfx. as you all know this is suppose to be "something" like infared. does anyone know this film? what would i rate it at? 200 as illford suggest or something else? what are the filters to use? i will probably be shooting some landscapes, a ghost town, and some outside portraits. also what developing and printing tips soes anyone have? as always thanks for any and all input. later rodney

-- rodney carver (, September 17, 1999


I shot a roll recently for landscapes in Colorado an Utah. I exposed at ISO 200 with a medium yellow filter. I was very pleased with the results ( excellent contrast, darkened skies, etc.).

Good luck.

-- Karl Almquist (, September 19, 1999.

I shot several rolls on my vacation to New Mexico in May--some of the photos and a few comments can be found in the Travel section of my site,, in the article "Sybil & Ed's Excellent Vacation." I rated it at 100 and used a red filter (effective speed: 12). This will definitely cause vegetation in full sun to "glow" with that infrared look, but for the most part this film does not produce the kind of infrared effects many people are looking for. My overall impression was that I don't see any real advantage to using this film over, say, Delta 400.

-- Ed Buffaloe (, September 20, 1999.

I use this film with B+W 092 red filter for maximum effect. Ilford sells an opaque filter just for this film. Using SFX 200 with a #25 filter results in deciduous vegitation turning white, but conifers remaining dark. A B+W 091 (Wrattan 29) filter will turn the conifers grey. A B+W 092 (as dark red as you are going to get without going to opaque) will turn conifers white.

I rate SFX at 25, and I bracket +-1 and +-2. I also photograph a scene with both 091 and 092 filters. Both Konica and Ilford respond fine to commercial film development. I develop SFX 200 with Xtol. Can't remember the times right off hand.

-- Brian C. Miller (, September 21, 1999.


I've used SFX 200 film and have been very pleased with the results. I rated it at 200 amd used a Red #25 and #29 filters. The #25 was comparably less effective than the #29. I developed it in HC-110 and unfortunately, the negs weren't very contrasty (I've been looking for a better developer) but printable. So it wasn't a big deal. However, after using Kodak's HIE Infrared I have to say that it is a cheaper alternative to HIE and easier to use.

-- Erin Conroy (, December 12, 1999.

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