Ilford Pan 400

My negative scanner has arrived and i’ve been playing with a mixture of settings.  So far I only have 2 rolls of film that have been developed. Strangely one film had hardly any photographs on it! What a waste!

Anyway, the images that I have started with are quite old, some dating back a few years up until early last year.

To note I never liked this film type very much however my tutor loved it when i was at college and supplied countless rolls however i felt that it lacked the qualities of other film types offered from Ilford.

I vaguely remember trying to use this film up so i could get other old rolls used up (still being developed).

4 thoughts on “Ilford Pan 400

  1. Hi, please tell us some more about your scanner (model, price, how it works) and the software you use and how you scan. Some of the early scans you posted look a bit flat, others have a lot of contrast (and not so much detail in the highlights)… Scanning flat (what I usually do) has its merit because it gets across more information over the analog/digital divide. I than fix the contrast in Aperture. What do you do?

    Regards, Rolf

    • bradchip says:

      Hi Rolf,

      Thanks for your comment. The scanner i acquired is at this link the reviews online where positive and it was put into the more advanced/prosumer range.

      I use the software provided with the scanner to scan/import photos and ran through Ps and Lr quickly after uni, however receiving your feedback i’m now going to spend the rest of the day reading the instructions as i did feel at the time the images lacked a little!

      I’ll do flat scans now, thanks!

      Brad

      • Hi Brad, did not want to come off negative at all… I use a lowly Canon 8600f with Silverfast Ai (6.x)… the software is powerful but both it’s GUI-design as well as the way one uses it leaves much to be desired. Newer version 8.x has some improvements but is not complete in development in my opinion.
        Same goes for the documentation, unfortunately. Well see for yourself.

        That said, for b&w I use it this way: preview (look for „options“ to get proper high resolution previews, otherwise when you click on the +-button/loupe it might start again scanning for an enlarged preview), I usually let the software try to find frames – need to correct this always. I then adjust the negafix-panel for film-type on one of the frames, erase the other frames. I set resolution (300 dpi) and target size, for 35mm this usually is sth. like (longest side of negative) 35cm, TIFF and I get sth. like 18MB-sized files. In a next step I THEN duplicate that frame for the other frames (just drag&drop with option). Then I name the frames and do basic corrections: auto, adjust histogram (I usually try to gather more data, so I try to include the whole of the data in the histogram, in my version the global adjustment made in options never seems to stick), and curve. Here I usually lower contrast a bit, and adjust highlights and shadows so I get a distinct S-curve.

        For my scanner I then open the JobManager, and send the frames into it. I name the job and set the target folder, save it. I then open each scan-frame from within JobManager (needs a pen-symbol-button to be active) and check if m adjustments have come across properly. In each frame I save the settings (you can see that you are within JobManager when the button „scan“ changes to „save“!). When all is ok I have t de-select the pen-symbol, select all frames within JobManager and let it start scanning. It – usually – scans one frame after another.

        When entering another filmstrip, after preview I can thus just change the name of the frame and the adjustments, if necessary. It is really important, to open each frame from within JobManager and hit „save“ (and make sure the adjustments come across, ) otherwise the new strip gets scanned as the first…

        Sound much more complicated than it is and is faster too. Now a 36-images roll takes about 1h, including waiting for the scans to be finished.

        Some people advise to just scan at maximum physical resolution but I’d get unreasonably large image-files.

        Hope that helps. Your scanner is no flatbed so maybe the execution of a scan-job is different.

        Best regards,
        Rolf

      • bradchip says:

        Hi Rolf,

        You didn’t come across as negative at all, constructive feedback is a crucial part of learning and in art/photography feedback is essential.

        I use Silverfast v8.x and agree with you the software GUI is bad, i’ve been scanning my neg’s at 3600DPI (7200 takes too long and im not printing) which it gives me around a 60mb file which i can then work with in Photoshop.

        After reading your comment i’m going to have a trial and error at various settings with Silverfast to give me the best image possible, at the moment i feel i am missing something out. Unfortunately Ilford PAN 400 isn’t in the film selection menu so i wasn’t able to select it.

        Thanks again, ill have a look into it now!

        Brad

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