Ilford FP4 plus

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  1. BradS

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    I just LOVE this film!

    Never lets me down. Don't know why I don't shoot more of it.




    I just hung two rolls of 35mm FP4+ up to dry. Looking at a few frames through a loupe...wow! just beautiful!

    Just thought I'd share the joy.
     
  2. bsdunek

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    One of my favorites too. Although, I thinking about trying some of the Adox with the 'old style' structure.
     
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    Yup, good stuff. I use Rodinal and Pyrocat HD, but I'm sure there are many more favorites for this film.
     
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    My favorite B&W in Rodinal, D-76 or Beutler.
     
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    I've got to say I don't know what I'm missing. Ilford virgin, here. Little white flag a'wavin'.
     
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    My tour de force, just love it!:D:D:D


    Cheers


    André
     
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    I love this film, too, especially in HC-110.
     
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    I like it too, although I'm feelin' the pull to the plusX darkside!!
     
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    Always looks good whatever you soup it in.
     
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    My favorite 35mm film from the early 1970s and later was FP-4, souped in HC110, rarely Rodinal, mostly D23. No real experience with "plus" at this juncture. I started with FP-4 when Freestyle was selling it's Essex brand in bulk rolls.
     
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    It's my film of choice, souped in PMK Pyro.

    gene
     
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    Excellant film, I love it also!

    Jeff
     
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    Good stuff, sure. It's got nothing on Plus-X though, which can be drop dead gorgeous.
     
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    Good that some can apreciate Ilford film, i can no longer. Whether it is Delta 100 or FP4+ my Jobo Expert drums just does not like Ilford film. I continue to have issues on the back of the film facing the drum. It looks like sombody was walking on my film. I have used pretty much all other Large Format film on the marked and have not seen any issues at all. I am done with Ilford.
     
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    Odd. I have done probably 200+ sheets of FP4+ and another 50 of Delta 100 in the Jobo 3006 Expert Drum and the Jobo 2521 with 2509n reels...never had anything but excellent results. I use D-76 (1:1), d-23 and occasionally, HC-110 dil. D (1+39).
     
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    I expect that the OP's reaction to FP4 is like my reaction to Kodak Plus-X - 125 ISO does seem to be a sweet spot for traditional emulsions in B & W film.

    Matt
     
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    I also had major problems with the non-emulsion side of Ilford films in the Jobo 3005 Expert Drum. In my case, going with a non-hardener fixer (Ilford Rapid Fixer) solved the problem.

    Vaughn
     
  19. BradS

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    Did you have problems with the anti-halation layer clearing?
     
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    Yup, IMHO, this is the best B&W emulsion and soup there is.
     
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    Vaughn, good to know that i am not the only one to have some problems with Ilford film. I have only used PF TF4 and Zonal Pro fixers. If it takes so specialized fixers as the Ilford rapid fixer they can have it. I am no longer going to take Mr. Galleys cheap access to promote what i consider a tier 3 product from Ilford/Harman.
    Kodak Rules and then there's other products that's far beyond what Ilford makes today.
     
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    In 35mm, I always loved two films, both defunct: the APX-100, and the Tri-X (pushed). The others are (for me) just partial replacements.
    In 120, the HP5+ (pulled) remains my last favorite still in life. The other was the Tri-X (pushed).
     
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    Since when is Tri-X no longer available? Last time I looked, last weekend, there was still plenty of it on the shelves at Adorama, and B&H. Freestyle is stocking it, and so are a lot of other places.
     
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    Ok so everyone loves FP4. But not one post says why other than it is gorgeous or great or whatever. I used it for a long time in a commercial studio and always thought it was boring. Kind of muggy. the whites didn't sing and the mid tones were muggy. I was forced to use it by the owner of the business and I processed it in HC110 or FG7 or Rodinal and never found anything outstanding about it. For my personal work in those days I would always use AGFA 25 and Rodinal and then later TMX and Beutlers. To this day I have and aversion to FP4.
    Devils advocate, but truthful
    Dennis
     
  26. Andy K

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    I find FP4+ to be quite versatile. I like it. I can shoot fast or slow with it, and still get nice low grain photographs.

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