Ilford XP2 - 120 Film
Now: £5.00 GBP
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
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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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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 120 B&W ISO 400 today and dive back into the fun of 120 film photography!
It is definitely a decent black and white negative with plenty of latitude, good sharpness and a fine grain. It will allow you to achieve what you want but for my taste it lacks a distinctive character a bit. It will do the job but probably will not get you excited about the results. Its selling point is you can develop it along with regular C-41 colour films but if you do not need that feature, I would suggest go for Delta or HP5.
i first started shoting XP2 because i got back into my photography practice this year and the fact i could shoot black and white and just drop it at my normal lab like colour was the kicker for me.
at first i was not getting the results i liked, i loved how the film loved pushed to 1600 and devd @800, but the latitude on this film is so wide you need not push or pay for push just rate it at a higher iso when you need to.
it took around 5 rolls of experimenting but i eventualy got my flow with this film.
my advice, this films latitude is very very wide, you will struggle to get an under exposed image.
but if like me you like high contrast black and white that retains the highlight detail whilst still offering that deep contrast
shoot this film, rate it for 800 and develop it for 400, that extra stop really helps to reign in the films latitude and the results are great!
i would say if you can develop your own black and white do it its way cheaper to just shoot HP5 but if you cant this i s a brilliant solution to keeping your lab costs as low as possible.
And amazing and low cost film. Meant to be developed in C41 but when used with black and white chemicals the results are still outstanding and tones are fantastic. Would highly recommend to anyone.
Lots of fun to shoot, and great to have an option if you only have colour developing chemicals.
Image is a touch flatter than I like on contrast, and you can’t over agitate to get more contrast like normal B&W film, but it’s a great starting point and very versatile for lots of styles (don’t overagitate colour film unless you love magenta)
My go to B&W film for 35mm and 120, mainly for the convenience of C41 processing, whether I am doing myself or taking to a lab.
I process colour film at home when I can. It keeps costs down (particularly the way I extend the chemicals) and I can go out and experiment and come home and see what I've learnt. XP2 is fantastic for experimenting with Black and White if you've spent more time with colour. It removes the inconvenience of more expensive / longer lab turn arounds. Either process it yourself in C41 or take it almost anywhere for a quick cheap process. Its sharp and detailed with a slight sepia shift but when corrected digitally is contrasty and dynamic. I really love it and its worth keeping a roll around to try new things with and get quick results.