They look like cheap lab 35mm prints to me, and that's a bit hit and miss depending on where you use, I've seen & had far worse before I began processing my own.
Having printed commercially for many years including doing all the B&W work for a large pro lab for a while it would be all to easy to take an easy option and print flatter, makes printing faster and less wastage but degrades the quality. However we always went for quality first and taht does cost a little more.
You get what you pay for, FP4 has long been one of the best films around so it's not the film at fault.
Last edited by Ian Grant; 05-11-2011 at 04:30 PM. Click to view previous post history.