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Ilford FP4

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When still living in our old hall, we had equipment to develop black and white films. We also supposedly had competent people around to show you how to do this. Thus, I got my dad’s old SLR camera and wanted to try this out. Unfortunately, it never happened. First I had to fix the camera and then it appeared that the ‘competent’ people were either not competent or not reliable. Anyway, nobody gave me the introduction I needed. So – sadly – the film went the usual way to be developed by some company (which is more expensive than colour development these days).

Ilford FP4 black and white film.

December 4, 2004, 18:06

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Comment by David Magda: User icon

You can actually get B&W film that can be developed by regular colour photo shops. The trick is to buy B&W film that can has “Process C-41” written on it.

I know that Kodak makes such film in the “Select Series”. It acts the same way (ISO, etc.) as any other film. A quick Google search reveals some sources.

P.S. “Colour” is spelt the way it is because I’m from Canada. :>

December 4, 2004, 22:53

Comment by Graham Hughes: User icon

It’s not that hard to do it, there’s some resources online that help; the real problem is getting started. The biggest problem I had as a novice was getting the feel of loading the film onto the reels, which comes with practice. I second the call for using something like Kodak Black & White film, or Ilford’s XP2, both of which go through normal color processing.

December 5, 2004, 0:19

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