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    I'm going away for a longish break to somewhere hot and sunny right after Christmas. I will be bringing, perhaps ill-advisedly, a couple of rolls of film I've never tried before - most of my BW film experience has been with Fuji Neopan Acros as well Agfa Scala slide film. The new films I'm trying out are:

    1) Ilford FP4 ISO 125
    2) Ilford Pan 50

    Can anyone enlighten me as to the characteristics of these films? I.e how are they for high-contrast situations, what is the grain like, etc etc?

    Thanks in advance!
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    Jin, my favourite film is FP4. It is very fine-grained and very easy to use. It is also very forgiving.
    I develop it in D76 1+1, 9,5 minutes, 20°C.

    Good luck and have a good holiday!
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    I also like FP4. I rate it at 100 and develop it in D-76 1+1 for 9 min 20*c. Pan F is nice, and from what little experience I do have with it, can tell it can be pretty contrasty.

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    Thanks for the tips!

    I haven't got any darkroom experience yet - something I've got to learn next year, once I get the initial set-up sorted - but then I'll be playing with test rolls and not my holiday shots. I hope an average minilab will do a reasonable job with these.

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    An 'average' UK minilab isn't going to have a clue what to do with FP4 and Ilford Pan - though if your minilab can cope with Neopan Acros they are well above average, and should be OK!

    my local minilab struggles with C41 :o

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    Since I've always used slide film since getting back into photography, I am sadly totally ignorant about darkroom processes *blush*. I know that certain developers go with certain film types. What happens when you send your roll in to a minilab just to process negatives? (I've long given up hope of minilabs ever reliably producing half-decent prints, that's why I started using slides). Do they use one-developer-fits-all? Will the quality of your negs be affected adversely by sending the film to the wrong minilab?

    I usually send my film rolls to pro labs to get them processed but it is getting too expensive, so I am looking into learning how to develop my own negs early next year. I have millions of questions. Still, I guess I've got to start somewhere.....

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    Most minilabs do C41 only which is for colour print and a few chromogenic black and white films (Ilford XP2, Kodak T400CN, Fuji Neopan 400CN, and one or two others). Its no good for FP4 or Pan though.

    I use peak imaging for develop only at about £3 per roll. I only use them for C41 films, but they can do conventional black and white too. They are more expensive if you want prints done as well.
    They're at http://www.peak-imaging.com/ which is a UK site

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    Yep, I used Peak Imaging until earlier this year when the postal service in my area went awry and I lost 2 packages in the post (including one special delivery), and a set of BW prints from Peak. I was compensated for the loss, but of course, that made me queasy about sending any film in the post again.

    So I use pro labs (Metro Imaging and Primary UK) in London, but they cost an arm and a leg!

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    Personally, I LOVE Pan 50. Wish they made it in 220. I almost never shoot 35mm, but when I do (provided there's sufficient light) Pan 50 is always my first choice. Gorgeous tonality, and extremely smooth tones.

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