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Ilford XP-2 Super 400 135-36 Black & White Film

by Ilford

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  • High speed ISO 400
  • B&W Film using colour C41 Process
  • High contrast, well defined highlights
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Ilford XP-2 Super 400 135-36 Black & White Film + Ilford 1574577 HP5 Plus, Black and White Print Film, 135 (35 mm), ISO 400, 36 Exposures + Fujifilm 1014258 Superia X-TRA 400 35mm Film - 4 Pack
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 1.4 x 2.4 inches ; 1.3 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00008R9MM
  • Item model number: 1839575
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #231 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 17, 2003

Product Description

XP2 SUPER is a sharp, fast, fine grain black and white film. It can be used for any photographic subject, but ensures excellent results when there is a wide subject brightness range. The film yields high contrast negatives and has an extremely wide exposure latitude making it suitable for use in varied lighting conditions. XP2 SUPER is easy to process. It is a black and white film which is processed in C41 type processing chemicals alongside colour negative films.

Customer Reviews

The film is sharp with a nice-looking fine grain structure.
intJohn
This film is a favorite of mine because you get crisp black and white photos without the hassle of professional film processing.
Shana
The overall quality of the film was better than I expected!
Alexis

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By intJohn on February 10, 2010
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I have to admit I'm not shooting film the way I used to. However, when I do shoot film, I reach for Ilford XP-2, which is a black-and-white film that can be processed by "standard" C-41 processors (same as any color negative film, such as Kodak MAX, etc.). Translation: the film is black and white, but you don't have to take it to a special lab to get it developed and printed.

(I actually try to get it printed on B&W paper to avoid possible "sepia" tones; that is, on regular color paper there is sometimes an orange or green tint to the print. This is certainly not a big deal for 4x6 prints, but if you intend to enlarge and frame a nice shot, go ahead and splurge for true B&W paper.)

The film is sharp with a nice-looking fine grain structure.

Technical detail: I overexpose it by 2/3 of a stop (that is, I force the ISO to be 250 instead of 400), since it's typically much easier to correct for overexposure at printing than to make up for underexposure. (The lost wonders of film!)

I feel like this review is probably five or maybe even ten years too late, but for anyone still looking at such things, XP-2 is a great way to get your feet wet with the look and feel of black-and-white film without shelling out big(ger) bucks to get it developed in "true" B&W chemistry. Have fun while this is still available!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kon Peki on March 2, 2013
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I love this film. I could go on and on about it, but this fellow does a much better job of that: theonlinephotographer.typepad.com/the_online_photographer/2012/10/how-to-shoot-ilford-xp2-super.html

Bottom line is that it's a great B&W film that you can process on a regular color film processor at CVS, Target, Costco, etc. I highly recommend Costco who will develop a 36-exposure roll and scan at very high quality to CD for cheap.

For best results, expose to the right, meaning take care not to underexpose this film. Set your camera to ISO 200 or 250 even though the film is rated 400, and the results are really excellent.

An example shot of mine with this film: farm3.staticflickr.com/2054/2204085304_bd95152a4f_b.jpg

Addendum - I tried the Kodak alternative and didn't like it as much. Seemed washed out by comparison.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Gara on August 13, 2012
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I've used the Kodak BW400CN and XP2, and after many rolls I give the nod to XP2. Yes, the mask is slightly purple-ish. Since it's negative film, inverting the image makes the film mask light yellow. However, none of this matters since it's all removed when you convert your scan to B&W. Not sure regarding the high contrast issue, my scans need a lot of levels and contrast boost adjust in PS. I get plenty of detail, a small amount of 400 speed grain, and I like it.

Tip that I didn't invent: scan as a positive with all adjustments turned off in your scanner. Setting black and white points (or levels) with some headroom above and below is OK, but nothing else. Import to PS, then either invert or desaturate, or use monochrome setting in color channels, and adjust the saturation of each separately for results. Don't know WTH I'm talking about? Then get and read Black and White in Photoshop CS4 and Photoshop Lightroom: A complete integrated workflow solution for creating stunning monochromatic images in Photoshop CS4, Photoshop Lightroom, and beyond
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Z. Abedin on September 11, 2012
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I love this film. I have recently decided to get back to shooting film and this particular film has not disappointed yet. It is sharp and contrasty and delivers a nice mix of smooth tones for people and sharp grain structure. I have also been really happy with the ability to push this film. Shooting much higher than 400, I've gotten decent results (not amazing, but passable). I say this with the caveat, though, that I have only used a real pro lab to process and print my film, just because I am wary about what smaller labs like walgreens (just because my results from them have been kind of crappy-looking.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Shutterbug on July 5, 2011
Okay, I have to admit to being a bit disappointed. This film definitely does interesting things in low light, lots of contrast, very dramatic. But outdoors, it's just plain weak. The contrast is too high even in good light. It works well for low-light band photography, very artsy. It just plain looks fuzzy in well-lit scenarios. Kodak BW400CN is, in my opinion, a MUCH better film and the grain is many times smaller. Also, they should call it "Purple & White" not Black and White, since the emulsion and film is quite cyanotic. I have no idea what that would do in a traditional enlarger, this film is probably made for scanning. Again, if you're going to do low-light band photography, this stuff does cool things. I can't think of any other use for it, myself. I'll be sticking to the Kodak BW400CN from now on.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By KEN JACKSON on May 12, 2013
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ILFORD XP2 PROVIDES A BLACK AND WHITE LOOK THAT IS IMITATED BY DIRECT DIGITAL CAPTURE BUT NOT DUPLICATED. THE "DEPTH" AND GRADATION FROM HIGHLIGHT TO SHADOW IS VERY PLEASING (AND HAS BEEN FOR 30 YEARS) AND DOES NOT "BURN OUT" AS SILVER BASED FILMS TEND TO DO WITH SLIGHT OVER EXPOSURE. UNDER EXPOSURE IS ALSO FORGIVING WITH THIS FILM PROVIDING A WIDER RANGE OF PLEASING EXPOSURES UNDER WIDLY VARYING LIGHTING CONDITIONS. I HAVE ALWAYS USED THIS FILM WITH NIKON FM SERIES BODIES FOR MORE DIRECT EXPOSURE CONTROL. IF YOUR VISION REQUIRES BLACK AND WHITE FILM, GIVE THIS EMULSION A TRY...
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