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    Street photography with $ 10 Ilford HP5 film camera

    The Street Photography post with $ 10 Ilford HP5 film camera first appeared at Digital Photography School. It is written by Kunal Malhotra.

    Recently I came across a very interesting and unique film camera, the Ilford HP5 Plus single-use film camera. As the name implies, this is a disposable film camera for single use with Ilford ISO 400 HP5 film.

    This is a black-and-white film with average contrast, so I immediately had to buy this $ 10 camera and give it a try. That is not all; it also features a built-in flash and a viewfinder that is large enough.

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    As a film camera, it offers a total of 27 images, after which the camera becomes disposable. As you would expect for this price, it is a sturdy plastic case. However, the coolest thing about this Ilford camera is the design ' white and green & # 39 ;, which looks pretty trendy and stylish. I'm not sure, but I didn't throw the camera away and kept it with me because of the design.

    While I was clicking on this camera with photos on the street, at least 10 people approached me to know more about this camera.

    Easy to use

    The ergonomics of this camera used to be just like any other 35 mm film camera, but much lighter. The number of remaining exposures is displayed at the top and the shutter release button is also located. Interestingly, to activate the flash, you must press the button below the flash. Is the flash powerful enough? Well, it's decent enough for the price we pay for this movie camera.

    The viewfinder is actually good in terms of visibility. If you are a DSLR camera user, you should also keep in mind that there is a slight difference in what you see through the viewfinder and what the movie captures. You must therefore assemble your frame accordingly because the viewfinder is above the film / lens. If you plan to purchase this camera, be careful with the lens as it can easily attract fingerprints or dust.

    Street photography with $ 10 Ilford HP5 film camera

    Image quality

    Before I share my opinion about the image quality of this $ 10 single-use camera, I have to admit that my expectations were very low. But surprisingly, the images came out pretty well during street photography, with high contrast and good exposure control. The moment I saw the first print, I was excited to see the film-like monochrome look. For me, the grains were exactly what I would expect from an Ilford ISO 400 film. Nothing more nothing less.

    It is clear that we cannot compare the results of this disposable camera with an SLR, but for me it can get the job done if the situation requires it. For fun, I can buy this single-use camera again instead of using film in my SLR camera.

    Street photography with $ 10 Ilford HP5 film camera

    Street photography with $ 10 Ilford HP5 film camerailford-hp5-plus film camera

    I'm not sure how to develop the film, so I found it hard to find a good color lab in my area. But I think it depends on the region. If you have multiple lab options nearby, that's great.

    Street photography with $ 10 Ilford HP5 film camera

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    Conclusion

    If you are enthusiastic about testing cool camera gadgets, you should give this camera a try. It is possible that you do not want to take your SLR camera with you or are technically incorrect with the camera settings. This is when the Ilford HP5 single-use camera can help you take decent photos. I would like to know what you think of this cool camera? What did you think of the image quality?

    ilford-hp5-plus film camera

    The Street Photography post with $ 10 Ilford HP5 film camera first appeared at Digital Photography School. It is written by Kunal Malhotra.

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