Why would anybody want a B&W disposable camera? Surely people buying disposables don’t care about B&W photography? There must be a reason why Ilford made this, I wanted to find out.

I like how the box has a bunch of photographer’s photos on the top, at first I thought they were photos taken with the camera, but I think it’s more likely taken with the stock. You can tell by the shallower DoF and zoom(?) in some of the shots.

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As you can see this is the HP5 version, they also do an XP2 version which is developed using the C-41 process, both cameras are ISO400. I was a bit concerned about it being ISO400, I don’t know what other disposables use but you’ll see a few of these shots are a bit overexposed.

I only got one pic of the camera itself amongst a bunch of other films.

To start, well, part of the lens is a little blurry, you can see that at the top of this photo.

3 swans, I think there should be a 4th, in which case one of these is a widow/widower (I’ve been seeing a single swan around here for years, I also saw a dead swan too about 7 years ago).

If you can see it that’s a rope swing thingy above the pond.

The blurry lens is pretty clear obvious here.

I like the row of trees along here.

I don’t know how close I was to the ground but I like that I picked up more detail on the gravel. If I had the camera the other way around that would have been all blurry.

Wonder how this happens?

I only used the flash once indoors so decided to give it a go on this shaded area. I always like the sound the flash capacitor makes on a disposable.

I like the reflection of the building, I tried to get this in landscape but that’s when the film ran out. I don’t know what kind of corrections the lab may have made but it appears a lot of detail in the sky was lost here as with most the photos.

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In conclusion, I don’t know what I expected really...it doesn’t seem to do anything different from a regular disposable. Was it worth a try? Not really. Maybe if it was ISO200 I’d feel a bit happier about it, but I think HP5 and XP2 only come in ISO400, I don’t see an ISO200 stock on their site other than a special one to bring out the reds more.