FP4+ versus Plus X

Discussion in 'B&W: Film, Paper, Chemistry' started by mhainz, Nov 17, 2004.

  1. mhainz

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    What are people's thoughts on these films. How do they compare / differ as far as resolution, contrast, exposure latitude, ease of use.

    I believe emulsion characteristics can differ between sheet film and roll so please comment on which format your experiences are.
     
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    Both are great for my work (mostly portraits) and I think they're pretty similar (like Tri-X vs. HP5+). Both films are classic emulsions and work very well with Rodinal (I have to that when I am the High Priest in the Church Of Rodinal) :tongue:)
    I have only shot the films in 35 mm (FP4 in MF, too...but not Plus-X)

    Greetings Morten
     
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    I used to shoot a lot of Plus-X -- began using FP4+ when Plus-X got to be hard to find. No regrets. Is it just me or, is the FP4 a little more prone to scratch in the developing tray? (sheet film)
     
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    It's not just you. The Ilford sheet films are prone to scratches during tray development. That is why I prefer Kodak sheet film over Ilford.
     
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    That seems to be the case here. Also, the emulsions are not the same. In addition, the emulsion on PXP roll film is quite differrent from that used on the sheet film. Kodak's designation did indicate a difference, but the term "PX-" still sounded like they should/would be identuical - they weren't. AFAIK, Kodak no longer makes the sheet film. A great loss to me personally.
     
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    I have found Plus X a bit more contrasty than FP4+. This seems to give it a faster effective speed. I find that I get the best results out of Plus X if I meter it at 125, while FP4+ works better if I meter at about 80. This is for 135 format, developed in D76 1+1.