A roll of Ilford FP4 Plus 125 film had been sitting in my fridge for a while. Seeing that this was a requested review for this month gave me the perfect excuse to try this one out.
I’ve shot a lot of black and white films in the past, when I took some photography, processing and printing classes. But looking through my old negatives, I realized most of those pictures were taken with either Kodak 400TX or a film that doesn’t have the type printed on the side of the negatives. Time to shoot something new then!
I must admit that I’m a very lazy photographer. The battery of my SLR is empty, so I usually just guestimate the aperture/shutter speed. I know you can do wonderful things with black and white and colored filters, but I’ve never bothered to find out what (I mean to, but you know, other things to do, where to start, etc.). I never do the research on films, but just try them at random. And yet, Ilford FP4 Plus 125 managed to give me exactly the results I had hoped for.
This being a medium speed film, I thought it would perform best outside, so I took it on a nice walk through the classier part of Amsterdam to shoot some architecture. The result was quite pleasing. A lovely fine grain and every shade of grey between white and black. It was a bit of a grey day, but even with my sloppy guestimations that was no problem for the FP4.
After my walk, I finished the roll with some photo’s taken inside. The still life pictures in medium natural light (next to a window) also turned out fine, not underexposed or anything.
Even the pictures in low light turned out okay.
I think what I like most about this film is the fine grain and the detail you get in your pictures. I usually love a bit of grittyness in black and white pictures, but every now and then it’s great to have really smooth, classy pictures, and I think Ilford FP4 Plus 125 is just the film for that.
Unrivalled when it comes to high quality B&W photography, the Ilford FP4 Plus is a great choice for enlargements with its fine grain, high acutance and exceptional sharpness. Check it out with the rest of our black and white film selection.