ILFORD FP4 125 - Film Review

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4.9 rating
35mm, 120, 4x5, 8x10

Ilford FP4 125 is a film we haven’t posted about yet, mainly because we’ve been too busy shooting with all the other amazing film Ilford makes. We’re glad we shot with this stuff though and defiantly plan on shooting more -we love the contrast and grain it produces when pushed 1 stop to 250iso! What do you think of the results? Would you shoot it?

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4.9 rating
4.9 out of 5 stars (based on 7 reviews)
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Amazing attitude, contrast and tones

4.0 rating
January 31, 2020

As a long time HP5 shooter this film came as a pleasant surprise. It has the same (if not more) attitude than HP5 but a gritty contrast and grain. It looks amazing and reminded me more of large format photography than 120. It has that old school ‘film look’…. if that makes sense. I just wish they make it with an ISO of 400 vs the 125.

Paul Petch

Particular but amazing

5.0 rating
January 28, 2020

This is one of my favorite portrait films. It tends to have really nice whites and blacks. The mid-tones seem to flow a little better in harsh lighting conditions for me. I tend to use this film when I know I might take portraits in harsh lighting. in gray Skys or more mellow lighting I tend to reach for a trix400 or hp5.

Robert Chestnut


5.0 rating
November 12, 2019

This is one of my go-tos from Ilford I enjoy the latitude, the clarity, and the intensity. I highly recommend this film for any black-and-white project you have in mind. I always have mine developed as a positive. The results are indescribable.

Randy Jiner

Wonderful FP-4

5.0 rating
November 12, 2019

I started using FP-4 back in the late 70’s. I’ve used a smorgasbord of developers with it but stayed with Rodinal and ASA 100 or 64 for overcast days and it’s always been superb as to shadow content, no blocked highlights and tonal range 2nd to none. A great film that I hope continues forever.


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5.0 rating
September 28, 2019

My favorite 100(ish) iso film

5.0 rating
September 27, 2019

Absolutely bulletproof film. Holds highlights & shadow details. Strong contrast but still has nice mid tones. Has enough of that classic B&W grit but cleaner than Tri-X or HP5+. Spectacular film for harsh sun & it can be bulk rolled for a great price. Lays flat for scanning as well.


This is an excellent film

5.0 rating
September 27, 2019

This film was one of the first black and white films I tried, when coming back to film in general. Shot at box speed, it has pleasant grain, and (to me) beautiful tone, especially in sunlight. Forgiving, and produced great results.

John Pokrzywa