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:
|Type||Black and white (negative)|
|Format||35mm, 120, sheet|
|Exposure latitude||-1.5 to +6 stops|
|Push processing||6 stops|
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.
You can read more about this film in our Ilford FP4+ review (experimentation guide coming soon!)