Ilford XP2 - 120 Film
Our Price: £6.00 GBP100145
Ilford XP2 Super is a high-speed, fine-grained beauty of a 120 film - and most importantly it can be processed via the normal colour process which is offered as same-day development in many high-street shops! A useful chemical trick from Ilford that has wonderful benefits to the effective exposure latitude of the film
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Ilford was founded in 1879 in the English town of the same name. They are B&W royalty in the photography industry thanks to their 140-year heritage and their support for photographers with chemicals and development as well as film. In the mid-20th Century they produced several well-regarded camera lines (including one given to Princess Elizabeth that was later stolen!) but today they are focused on producing the best films and development processes that they can.
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When you buy your camera film from us we can ship it across the UK, Europe, USA, New Zealand, Australia and Canada (more countries planned soon!) So buy your Ilford XP2 Film 120 B&W ISO 400 today and dive back into the fun of 120 film photography!
XP2 has been a go to film for me for many years, ever since the early 80s in fact (it was XP1 back then). I've always found it a very forgiving and flexible film with a wide latitude and beautiful tonality, almost like a 1930s emulsion but without 1930s grain. Also the fact that it uses standard C41 processing is extremely handy and removes the need for agonising about which developer to use! XP2 is not the most contrasty film, so it's not so good on dull days or in flat lighting, but it's great for street photography, portraiture or landscapes. I've thrown everything at it and it's never let me down so far. Some of my negs from the days when New Romantics topped the charts and the Lady was not for turning have shifted colour, but they still print OK. If you're using a colour or Multigrade head on your enlarger, you can of course dial in whatever filtration you need. Scanners can adjust their settings likewise-it may help to scan it as a colour negative film. Enjoy the journey!
I really like this film, but with reservations. I've been a fan of FP4 for some time and like the look of the images it produces. XP2 looks different. Processed and scanned at BCE Photolab, the scans look very sharp, crisp and clean but there's something about the mid greys that seem "lighter". Contrast is good and, after tweaking slightly in Lightroom, the resulting images are very acceptable but to my eye seem somehow more 'gritty', not grainy (there's little of that), just an extra edge to them. All this may, of course, be the result of scanning - I haven't had any negs printed directly yet. In contrast, FP4 looks smoother and with a more linear grey scale.
However, the big advantage of XP2 is the low 'running costs' - BCE will process and scan for a fiver (plus postage). FP4 (BCE can't process this) costs more than twice. And its other great advantage is the massive latitude which makes it very forgiving and easy to shoot with.
I like it, and I like the cheap processing, but for quality work I may stick to FP4.
Really pleased with the results from this film, happy with the tones, contrast and the grain.
(I’ve got no technical info to impart as I’m essentially a born-again newbie to film, having not shot it for about 25 years, but I think this is good value stock and you won’t be disappointed with it).
I find myself consistently surprised at how versatile Xp2 is, at least with regards to my own photography and style. I never feel limited by this film, in that I can shoot whatever subject matter or lighting conditions I am confronted with!
More often than not I push Xp2 2 stops, shooting it at 1600 asa and developing it as such, and I couldn't be happier with the results. This film is very contrasty but I still like how it renders different tones and shades.
Moreover, being a C41 black and white film, this makes Xp2 highly accessible when it comes to getting your roll of film developed and scanned. An added bonus to those starting out shooting film and looking to delve into black and white photography!
C-41 B&W is convenient. Beyond that, it behaves like really contrasty colour film when shot at 400, the nominal box speed. Its midtones are kinda flat but if you're looking for dramatic, high-contrast street and landscape shots it would probably be up your street. Processing as colour negative is also helpful if you don't develop yourself or have access to a lab that doesn't charge extra for traditional b&w development.