Having never tried a black and white film before a friend recommended that I try the Ilford XP2 Super 400 film. Here is how I found it when I used it in my Diana Mini.
I’ve never been 100% sold on taking black and white photos. I love looking at other peoples photos but I was always convinced that I loved colour too much to use a black and white film, until I tried the Ilford XP2 Super 400. I know it sounds cliche but this film with my Diana Mini may the best combination of film and camera together I’ve ever tried (apart from the LC-A with X-Pro thinking about it….)
The soft tones of the film compliment the Diana’s use of light and the contrast looks amazing when you do double or triple exposures. It is definitely a film that you can build on.
With the high ISO (400) it is very easy to over expose the film, however I found that as long as you don’t look directly into the sun my photos turned out well and it was especially effective on cloudier days.
Perhaps my favourite part of this film is that it isn’t a true black and white film and if your lab accidentally scans it in colour then your photos actually have a slight purple tone to them which I’ve never seen before.
Overall I think this film is fantastic — its C41 which means its easy to get processed, the soft tones and grain look lovely and it has fast become my favourite film to use in my Diana Mini, in fact, I’m reluctant to try another black and white film with it..