Quote Originally Posted by TheToadMen View Post
Hi guys,
Sorry for my typo. I did mean Ilford Fp4+ (not HP4+):
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I got the name mixed up wit HP5+. Sorry. It seems I cant edit the original post and title (??).
I don't have a need to match up the ISO 400 of Tri-X. Fp4+ can be easily pushed to ISO 400 if needed. And it was my (uneducated) conclusion - based on many discussions and shown images - that I like the tonal range and contrast of FP4+ better than of HP5+. (Now, don't start a war here, mind you!!).
I had to start somewhere, so I decided to try FP4+ first. So my original question should have been how do you use your Ilford FP4+ and how do you develop?

There are two suggestions for Ilford ID-11 so far. I never used this developer. I started with Kodak D-76, but didn't like to work with powder. I switched to liquid Amaloco chemicals and had good results. Later I also tried Kodak T-MAX developer and Rodinal developer but haven't used it enough to have an opinion yet.
Amaloco AM 74 is a local product (Holland, Europe) as a replacement for Agfa Rodinal.
The paper developers from Amaloco are:
- Agfa Neutol NE = Amaloco AM 2002 Extra Bromax
- Agfa Neutol WA = Amaloco AM 1001
- Agfa Multicontrast = Amaloco AM 2002 Extra Bromax
- Agfa Neutol Plus = Amaloco AM 8008 Ecomax.
I would test extensively before assuming FP4 can be pushed to 400. I haven't seen that ever work well. Shoot HP5 when you need a faster film.

i shoot FP4 at 64 and develop in XTOL 1+1 or Pyrocat HD and get excellent results. Both require mixing, so they are possibly not for you, but I think the hassle is worth it.