Life in Grey with Rare Expired Ilford XP1 400


I recently came across some expired Ilford XP1 and popped it straight into my Diana Mini. I love the dreamy results and vintage look of this fine-grained beauty!

I’m fairly new to the awesome world of analogue and love to experiment with all different kinds of film. I recently bought some expired (in the early 90’s) Ilford XP1 400 35mm. I did some research and discovered that Ilford stopped making this film about 20 years ago when it was replaced by XP2. The XP1 can be processed by C41 (regular color film) processing, but is supposed to give the best results when processed in Ilford’s own special XP1 developer — which, alas, is not available anymore!

I’ve used the film lot in my Diana Mini, and it offers dreamy portraits and lovely landscapes! Some of the results turned out quite flat with low contrast — but this can be solved by asking your photo lab for 1/2-stop “push processing” on the roll.

I love shooting doubles, but I’ve noticed in some shots that when this film is exposed twice the results can be overexposed in some areas. To avoid this, use a smaller aperture than you would for a single shot (i.e. on my Diana Mini, I use the sunny setting even if it is cloudy outside).

Overall, I’ve really enjoyed using this film and I’ll definitely keep experimenting with it. I’ve also just put some in my Spinner 360 — can’t wait to see the results!

written by lily-bird on 2012-03-23 #gear #film #black-and-white #monochrome #ilford #review #expired-film #b-w #lomography #user-review #xp1


  1. mcrstar
    mcrstar ·

    Very intresting results!

  2. gibri
    gibri ·

    Great shots! two months ago I tried a XP2 400 expired with Diana mini and i like the results :) theese expired rools are fantastic!

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