Legendary Black and White Film: Ilford XP2 400


Ilford is the well known black and white film. Most professional photographers use it as their bullet for black and white photography. Since Ilford XP2 was invented in 1991 (the year that I was born!) it gives a new soul to black and white photography because it only uses C41 chemical to process!

I have been a film user since 2009, but before this, I used to be a digital guy! Honestly, I don’t shoot much black and white since I found it difficult to develop in my place especially the one that need traditional way to develop. But last year, my friend told me there is a B&W film that uses C41 chemical to develop and he gave me a legendary brand of black and white film, the Ilford XP2 400. It was an expired film and for sure it is good for Lomographers who are hungry for black and white photos!

To me, this film is very great! Even if the ISO is 400, the grain is so much fine. The picture above was from my first roll of Ilford XP2 400. It gave a nice sepia tone as it pleased my eyes.

One of my favorite subjects are kids! The film works perfect to capture those wondrous moments! Maybe I should show them their photographs 10 years later so that they can remember and tell me, “What kind of film did you use to snap our pictures?” Haha.

Let’s talk about street shooting! Black and white show more soul and feeling compared to color images. So, I decided to use this god-made film: Ilford XP2 400 as my bullet!

I loaded it in my lovely Russian rangefinder FED 5B. No doubt, Ilford is what I call god-made film! Nothing can be compared to it! Whether in outdoors or indoors, results are always pleasant! Here are some of my collections:

References from Ilford here, and here

As a film lover, you should try this film before it’s gone!

written by bulletofmine on 2011-06-29 #gear #film #review #lomography #ilford-xp2-400 #user-review #requested #bulletofmine #legendary-black-and-white-film #c-41-black-and-white-film


  1. shuttersentinel17
    shuttersentinel17 ·

    I just bought a 120 format one for my camera! Can't wait to try it out too.
    p/s spotted angry birds! Hahaha XD

  2. jamdadu
    jamdadu ·

    can't wait to try. :D

  3. analogmonolog
    analogmonolog ·

    awesome film right?

  4. syafiqmddaud
    syafiqmddaud ·

    hensem lah kemal!

  5. bulletofmine
    bulletofmine ·

    @shuttersentinel17 - try it, you won't regret it

    @jamdadu - pakai je kt holga tu. mantap main holga sekarang

    @analogmonolog - betul! Ilford mmg legend b&w film

    @syafiqmddaud - kau lg hensem ganda2

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