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!
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.
Being a black and white C41 film it's difficult not to compare it to a silver based emulsion. But it is completely different as it used dyes and lacks the grains of a traditional silver based film. If you are scanning from your negatives rather than using a darkroom to make prints this is a great film. Because its a C41 film it works with the ice dust feature on scanners and your scans will be cleaner and require a lot less retouching. If you use a lab for processing it will normally be cheaper to process than traditional black and white.
Tonally I find its quite a flat grey film especially to print from in the darkroom, I normally either overexpose(200iso) in camera it or rate it normally and push it a stop in processing to compensate. having a slightly overexposed XP2 negative makes printing easier. But if your just scanning your negatives which would recommend it is not really an issue.
Its a useful film to have and lacking the grain structure give a different look to other traditional black and white films.
Great film. Has a very wide exposure latitude which means you can vary your metering on one roll and still get well exposed shots. There is minimal grain and smooth tonality. A thumbs up from me!
The odd one for black and white but a great material for wider use. With its c41 processing it is processable by high street labs. I have used this frequently the lastest was wit a Yashica mat in Cartmel on a dull rainy day Processed at home in C41 chemicals it did not seem as good as when I had the film processed by a lab. Could be bat processing on my part