Ilford XP2 - 35mm Film
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!
I shot my roll of XP2 using a red filter and got some nice contrasty results. I found the film to be grainy, which I personally quite liked. The exposure latitude is very good. I managed to get plenty of shadow and highlight detail. The way it renders tones is also very smooth. Overall recommend it if you're looking for a reliable b&w film, especially if you're limited to labs that only offer c41 (but its also very easy to develop at home with a c41 kit, this roll was the first c41 film I ever developed!)
A really well balanced film with great detail and sharpness. One of the best black and white films I have used for backlit portraits. Probably won't use it too often purely because it is C41 but still a very nice option.
Great film for wide exposure latitude. Just put it in and don't worry too much about getting the exposure bang on. Good on highlights
I love the results I got from XP2, as my first time shooting B&W I was somewhat apprehensive but this film absolutely delivered on ease of use, image quality, and image feel. The film performed well in a range of lighting conditions, rarely giving shots that felt 'flat' or dull. The use of a C41 process has been especially useful, as my preferred lab has switched to only processing C41 while Covid restrictions are in place. I would absolutely use this film again, and it will be my first port of call for Black and White in the near future.
I personally love high levels of contrast in my B&W films, and this provided just that. Very easy to use and versatile. My roll came out a tad grainy, but I put that down to me having had this roll sat around un-usued for a long time. Whilst there are some great B&W films around now for half the price of this, it's definitely worth the price and I will 100% be trying more Ilford films in the future