Ilford XP2 Film 35mm B&W ISO 400
Our Price: £7.00 GBP100144
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
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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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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!
Developing B&W film in the C41 colour process shouldn't work, but with Ilford XP2 that's the charm of it. Despite the domination of digital camera's, there are still places to get your colour film developed in an hour, making XP2 the perfect film for folks who may not wish to develop their own film. Just pop into your local photo store and 1 hour later, you have your images. I really like using XP2, it gives me a chance to shoot in the morning and have it developed whilst enjoying a spot of lunch or doing a bit of shopping. The keyword is convenience. That perfect describes what Ilford XP2 brings to photography. Give it a try, it's a great film for all occasions.
I came back to this film after way more than a decade. The first time I shot it I felt it looked like colour shots with the colour turned down. Either it's been improved in the intervening time of I found a duff lab back in the day. Contrast is good, some slight pleasing grain and what a pleasure to get my pics back in the same day!
There are some really good things about XP2. It’s got nice fine grain, it’s cheaper to process than other B&W films as it’s a C-41 process film, but the most welcome thing for me is that the negatives lie really flat, making it ideal for scanning at home. Oh and Vuescan has a nice profile for XP2, so you don’t have to experiment to get the right results!
I loaded Ilford XP2 Super into a car boot sale point & shoot not expecting much as it was extremely cheap at the time. I expected a low cost, middling results film. In reality it has a really vibrant and strong result which I wasn't expecting. A great way to save some money as labs charge a bit less to develop C41 compared to B&W. If you don't dev at home, grab a few rolls. You'll be pleasantly surprised like I was.
A really nice film that is conveniently developed in colour c41 chemicals. Has a soft tone that looks great with lifted shadows, and features a nice grain structure. Have used in the street and liked the results, perhaps wouldn't use for portraits or landscapes however as I personally think it lacks detail in the shadows/especially low light. Great intro to B&W if you've never tried it before or don't have access to B&W development. @alexlawley for other example shots.