ILFORD Colour Film 'D' for
use in daylight to produce projectable colour transparencies,
became available in 1948 as 20 exposure 35mm film, 10 ASA = ISO
speed rating. The film is a non-substantive type (as Kodachrome).
Available at first in 18 exposure cassettes, price 73p including
Colour Film 'A' introduced in 1949 for use in artificial light.
Initially in 18 exposure 35mm cassettes. Also 10 ASA speed. Price
92.5p including processing.
In 1953, both films were available in 20 exposure 35mm cassettes
at £1.8p including processing, postage an extra 1.5p.
Colour Film 'F' for clear flashbulb photography introduced in
late 1956. Ilford claim it to be of more 'universal' use, in
that it can also be used in daylight with a suitable filter while
still having a speed the same as Colour Film D. Without a filter
and in suitable lighting, it has the speed of 16 ASA. Nonetheless,
Film 'D' is recommended if daylight photography is the primary
By 1955, 'a reintroduction' of Colour Film 'A' is credited with
a speed of 16 ASA when used with Photoflood lighting.
In 1956-57 all three Colour Films, 'D', 'A' & 'F', are being
marketed, but thereafter Film 'A' seems to disappear.
Colour Film 'D' became available in 36 exposure cassetttes in
1959, price £1.48 and 99p for 20 exposure, including processing.
Type 'F' continues to be available in 20 exposure cassettes.
Colour Film 'D' available in the 8 exposure 828 Bantam film size
in spring 1959, price 53p including processing, postage an extra
In 1960, Ilfachrome (soon renamed as Ilfochrome) replaces the
previous Colour Film 'D' in 35mm format. It is a non-substantive
film like its predecessor. Still 10 ASA speed. llford Colour
Film 'D' is still available in 828 roll-film. Ilford Colour Film
'F' remains available as 35 film in 20 exposure cassettes.
In 1962, Ilfochrome 32 becomes available with a speed of 32 ASA
and balanced for daylight. In 20 exposure cassettes price 22
shillings (£1.10p) and 36 expossure at 32 shillings and
6 pence (£1.63p). Processing included. No other colour
reversal films and formats are listed. Cine users have 8mm Ilfochrome
25 (25 ASA).
The pictures below are of an
8 exposure, 828 Bantam size, Colour Film D, as became available
around spring 1959.
This film box (F.58 = June
1958), the metal screw top container, the instruction sheet (D.59
= April 1959) and its 'return for processing' fabric bag, have
been sent to me by Andrew S Redding (February 2021). Andrew intends
to use the film, when the weather gets brighter, and then try
processing it to black & white negatives. He scans negatives
onto his computer, converting to positives for screen viewing
or ink-jet printing.
advertised 828 Bantam Colour Film D in its 1959-60 'Photographic
Blue Book' for 10 shillings and 7 pence (53p), whereas the box
has a pencilled price marked on it of 12 shillings and 9 pence