single frame: Ilford FP4 Plus then and now

Ilford FP4 Plus old and new

Ilford FP4 Plus then and now
Nikon Df
50mm f/1.8G AF-S Nikkor Special Edition

I came into some Ilford FP4 Plus that expired in 1994. It was stored frozen, so I’ve been shooting it at box speed and so far it’s looked good.

The roll of FP4 Plus on the left is the 1994 stock. On the right is a roll of fresh stock. It’s interesting to me how Ilford has changed the markings on the roll in that time.

You might notice the metal spools. I shot the fresh roll in the Ansco Standard Speedex and the expired roll in the Sears Tower 120 Flash. Metal spools were still inside both cameras, so I used them to take up the first roll I shot in each camera. When you get an old camera with a metal spool inside, you know it hasn’t been used in a very long time.

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4 responses to “single frame: Ilford FP4 Plus then and now”

  1. DougD Avatar

    How does that get left in the freezer for 27 years without getting thrown away?

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Serious photographers freeze their film, and film keeps well frozen for a very long time.

  2. Paul Hoppe Photography Avatar

    Do not tempt me. I won’t go down the road of film….sure enough I’ll end up with film, development kits and cameras and nowhere to store them ;-)

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      It is a rabbit hole to be sure.

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