Leica M7 with Ilford FP4 film

One more roll of film developed, this time a film I haven’t used for a long time, the Ilford FP4. I used to shoot almost exclusively Ilford films, but one day I switched to to the mighty Kodak TRI-X and stuck there. For landscape b&w work, I usually shoot with the Kodak TMAX 100 which is indeed superb. I had one 35mm roll of FP4 left in my fridge for quite some time, so I thought I gave it a try.

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(Leica M7, Voigtlander Super Wide Heliar 15mm f/4.5, Ilford FP4)

I was really pleased with the results I got, FP4 is a traditional emulsion with a great look. Developed with Ilfosol 3, it gives a sharper look than Ilfotec DD-X, which is my usual developer (with increase of grain of course).

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(Leica M7, Tele-Elmarit 90mm f/2.8, Ilford FP4)

The slow speed of the FP4 (I rate it at ISO 100), allows the use of wide open apertures during daylight (with the help of a 3 stops ND filter, since the max shutter speed of the Leica M7 is 1/1000). I really enjoy shooting at wide apertures with the Nokton 50mm f/1.5 or the Tele-Elmarit 90mm f/2.8.

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(Leica M7, Voigtlander Super Wide Heliar 15mm f/4.5, Ilford FP4, orange filter)

I really like how the FP4 rendered the above images shot with the wide angle Voigtlander 15mm. I used an orange filter to enhance contrast. At the same day I had shot some images at the same location with the Nikon D700 and 14-24 lens. I really prefer the film images and the film look for these subjects.

Enjoy the rest of the images.

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