Ilford XP2 (120, 400 iso) staff-review

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If you need exceptionally small grain and spot-on pinprick sharpness, then this film is your ticket. On top of that, it can be processed in normal C41 chemicals - meaning that even the el cheapo lab or supermarket down the road can develop this film at their usual rock-bottom price. If there is a more penny-saving way of shooting creatively and easily with B&W, we haven't found it.

If you need exceptionally small grain and spot-on pinprick sharpness, then this film is your ticket. On top of that, it can be processed in normal C41 chemicals – meaning that even the el cheapo lab or supermarket down the road can develop this film at their usual rock-bottom price. If there is a more penny-saving way of shooting creatively and easily with B&W, we haven’t found it.

It is a sharp and fast black and
white film. It can be used for any photographic subject, but ensures excellent results when there is a wide subject brightness range and gives exceptionally sharp, crisp prints. The excellent highlights and improved shadows of this film give enhanced negative contrast for optimum black and white
print quality.

Ilford XP2, according to my local pro-lab is the best and really only good c-41 black and white film currently on the market. It consists of 2 film layers, one for capturing deep shadows and the other designed for capturing bright highlights as to not blow them out. Ilford claims that the film can be rated from 50-800 ISO, making the film absolutely forgiving. Of all the black and white films that I’ve encountered XP2 lets me get away with bad exposures the best. There is no pushing or pulling of developing times necessary. This film will let you shoot in so many different circumstances and get decent results. I love it and rarely shoot anything else in my Diana + or Holga. The price is also lower than most any other black and white films, and c-41 developing also costs less. So if budgeting is an issue you can shoot more, spend less and still shoot more!” – janisthewanis

Gallery credits:

photos 26-34 by janisthewanis

written by fookshit on 2008-05-23 in #reviews #120 #ilford #b-w

6 Comments

  1. xbalboax
    xbalboax ·

    couldn't agree more, i just love XP2

  2. graefin
    graefin ·

    uiii, some of my pictures are there in this gallery ;)

  3. graefin
    graefin ·

    11 of them *wow*

  4. roryeaglestone
    roryeaglestone ·

    AMEN! possibly my faourite film! I do alot of street photography with my minox and this film suits it perfectly! I agree with how forgiving this film is too, especially in the overexposing department! I would use this over any other B&W film, even without it's ease of processing. Interestingly, some labs leave it a slightly warmer brown colour, whilst some a colder blue tone!

  5. andys
    andys ·

    Regarding the blue/brown tone business, I've noticed this and wondered if it was the development or the scanning of negs that did this. Any ideas? I prefer the brown myself.

  6. pangmark
    pangmark ·

    Thanks everybody. No b&w processing labs in my town so, guess what my next film purchase'll be?

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