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Field notes – Ilford FP4+ 125

Field notes – Ilford FP4+ 125

Following on from our recent review, here’s a quick reference for Ilford’s fine detail, old school contrast monster, FP4+.

Here’s what they have to say:

For high quality black and white photography, ILFORD FP4 PLUS is unrivalled. Its very fine grain, outstanding sharpness and high acutance make it the film of choice whenever a job demands great enlargement or the subject contains a wealth of fine detail. Nominally rated at ISO 125/22, ILFORD FP4 PLUS has become the benchmark against which other medium speed films are judged. With enormous latitude for exposure error above and below its ISO 125, ILFORD FP4 PLUS is very suitable for most photographic subjects under a variety of lighting conditions.


Ilford FP4 Plus 125

Ilford FP4 Plus 125

NameIlford FP4+
TypeBlack and white (negative)
Format35mm, 120, sheet
Speed (ISO)125
Exposure latitude–-1.5 to +6 stops
Push processing6 stops
Cross processingN/A


What’s it like (the quick version)?

Ilford FP4+ is based on older emulsion technology and has “cubic grain”, as opposed. To “T grain” found in Delta 100/400 Professional and Kodak’s TMAX. Whilst some people do so, I don’t think it’s fair to directly compare this film to Ilford’s own Delta 100 Professional, as both the grain and the way it’s laid down are rather different.  That said, I find the resulting images from both stocks to be quite similar.  If you want supreme sharpness with great contrast, go with Delta. If you want to add creamier grain to the mix, then grab a roll of FP4+

FP4+ is performs equally as well for both indoor and outdoor photography, it’ll take portraits, landscapes, architecture and macros all in its stride. Being a forgiving sort, it’s also happy to be pulled down to ISO50, or pushed 6 (yes, six) stops to ~ISO8000.

Further reading

You can read more about this film in our Ilford FP4+ review (experimentation guide coming soon!)


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Self confessed film-freak and filmphotography mad-obsessive. I push, pull, shoot, boil and burn film everyday, and I want to share what I learn. It might not all be right but it's a start.

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