This is the third frame of Ilford Pan F 50 that I've ever shot. It's a slightly intimidating film, being low speed and high contrast. But eventually I worked up the nerve to load some in the F6, and took the train out to the lake with the big tripod and my ND filters.

And credit where it's due: David Hancock has some of the very best "All About Film" reviews I've ever seen, and his one on Pan F is the best two hours I've spent learning about the film. But it's only 24 minutes long – I've watched it five times.

And these are frames 28, 34, and 26. I'm really pleased with how they turned out, but they took a lot of work. I've used an ND Grad to bring down the sky in the first three photos, and you can see the difference it makes in the fourth, unfiltered, photo. While I do most of my editing with only levels and curves, for Pan F I've been particularly grateful for Capture One's "shadows" slider. The second photo in particular, with the power plant on the horizon and the breakwater up close, would have had very little detail in the rocks otherwise.

This roll also had more than its share of problems, with strange bubble artifacts that might be a manufacturing fault, and flares that might be from the ND filters I was using even though I've never seen them before. Lots of photos were complete failures, even by my standards, but perhaps more care with the scanner could redeem a few.

I have one more roll of Pan F on hand. I always buy untried film in pairs because I need the second one to apply the lessons from the first. Only then will I know if I want more than that. I already suspect that I won't – it's too fragile, and too specialized, to just have in the fridge in case I want to use a roll on a whim. 

But for special occasions? Sure, I could do that.