Ilford XP2 - 35mm Film
Now: £6.75 GBP
Ilford XP2 Super is a high-speed, fine-grained beauty of a 35mm 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 with significant benefits to the effective exposure latitude
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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.
For more information about the brand check out our bio of Ilford
Sample shots (c) Ric Capucho
Where we ship
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 35mm B&W ISO 400 today and dive back into the fun of 35mm film photography!
XP2 gives you a film which is versatile, great quality, easy to shoot and can be processed anywhere, you can develop it at home as monochrome or have a lab do it as C41. It is easy to scan, can be over/underexposed vastly without blowing out highlights or losing detail. Those are the practical qualities. I would say artistically, it has a lovely, moody feel, stark without being grainy, sharp without being clinical. It can be used then by professionals or beginners and both can get quality results from it.
I used this in my Rollei 35S and got some great results. With an ISO of 400, its a great all-round film. I keep my camera in my bag to take photos at work, so I needed a film that was good in bright sunshine and daylight interiors. The photos had a very low grain for 400ISO film and really nice contrast (especially on bright sunny days).
I might have a unjustified love for XP2 However it’s an amazing film for users who want the convenience of getting colour film developed but the classic look of black and white , the grain is also quite fine for a 400 speed film and has a large exposure range.
I've used XP2 alongside conventional B&W film for years in both 35mm and 120 film formats.. The film gives a smooth grain effect and it's speed is useful. I can get more acutance from conventional materials that I develop myself but XP2 gives me the advantage that I can send it to a lab. It scans well.
The greatest appeal of this film is its ability to be processed in C-41 chemicals, meaning it can be processed near enough anywhere. That doesn't mean it's a naff film, I take great pleasure from its contrast and texture. A mainstay of my camera bag.