The Ilford FP 4 125 Plus Vintage at its finest

The Ilford FP 4 125 Plus is one of the analog film classics of photography and enjoys great popularity with black and white photographers. We want to know what makes this movie so successful and have visited Northern Gotland in Sweden with him.

In the field of monochrome photography, we love the classic reportage film Kodak Tri X. With ISO 400, it can be exposed well in critical situations and offers a great contrast. But we asked ourselves if there is a fine-grained film with similar properties.

In the trade, the film is just not to get killed, so we read it. This is especially in a time in which even the modern cameras after one to two years already belong to the old plastic. In contrast, Ilford FP has been on the market for more than 80 years. Its introduction began in 1935. Since then it has been further developed and improved, the last revision followed in 1990. Since then, the Ilford FP4 Plus is still used.

As we return to Gotland to portray this island, we also pack some Ilford FP 4 125 Plus, as these black and white movies are officially called.

This film needs almost four times the exposure to the Tri X, but during the day, especially in the summer, this is not a challenge dar. So it was also possible without problems, with an orange filter to increase the actual contrast.

We are fascinated by the warm radiance of the pictures, the subtle nuances of the shades of gray and the striking contrasts. The Ilford FP 4 Plus reminds me a bit of old black and white films, but also modern black and white portraits such as the excellent Munich photographer Ina Gebbert, b. Zabel. (

If we rather connect the Kodak Tri X with the old black-and-white films of Ingmar Bergmann, then we drove exactly to these locations, to make some recordings with the Ilford FP 4 Plus. And, in fact, if you look at sequences of images of his films, a similarity is quite noticeable.

Where will we like to use this film in the future? These are, for example, the portraits of churches, but also portraits and characteristic landscapes with soft nuances.

The pictures of our photos were taken with the Leica M7, the Leica Elmarit M 2.8 28 asph. and an orange filter. The film was developed in the standard developer Rodinal.

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