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Nice for "art shots" but for tight grain, look elsewhere,
This review is from: Ilford XP-2 Super 400 135-36 Black & White Film (Camera)
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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Initial post: Oct 20, 2011 8:29:47 PM PDT
Muwen Kong says:
I agree about the purple-and-white part of the comment. I've shot a few rolls of XP2 and the emulsion color is a bit off.
Posted on Jul 20, 2012 9:45:50 AM PDT
All you say is true about the use and typical results... Although this has been around long before scanning... Its selling point over 20 years ago when I first used it was that it was C-41 process... So, long before "photo shop" it was an easy way to shoot B&W without having to develop yourself or at the higher cost B&W was and is if you send it out... I used to develop and print this on a C41 processor when I worked at Ritz Camera over 20 years ago... You can get perfect Black & White if you color balance properly for this film..!
In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2013 5:19:56 PM PDT
Yes. The main idea was that you could print this in a conventional black and white darkroom setup. Scans beautifully and gives wonderful skin tones.
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