Ilford XP2 Film 120 B&W ISO 400
Our Price: £6.00 GBP100145
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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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!
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.
XP2 super should get a lot more praise than it does. It has surprisingly little grain, can be shot between 200-800 on the same roll and processed as standard, and has the silkiest tones going.
Things to know
1) It's easier to get this film developed in labs than traditional B+W films
2) It has a very good exposure latitude, and you can shoot anywhere between 200 and 800 ISO without changing the development process. Admittedly, I think that shots metred 320-640 are the sweet spot, and exposing as if it were an honest 800 ISO film can sometimes give you muddier images than you would expect.
3) It's crisp and sharp where required, but you can clearly see am amazing tonality range in the right conditions
This is honestly going to become my go-to black and white film choice once my stock of HP5 runs out. For what I personally need, XP2 super has it all. As long as you shoot it in reasonable conditions then you should get excellent results.
I've found this to be a genuinely flexible film with a satisfying amount of contrast and sharpness. I really like how it handles highlights too. It's quickly becoming my 'go-to' black and white film and it's not even a "true" bnw film!