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Ilford XP-2 Super 400 135-36 Black & White Film
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- High speed ISO 400
- B&W Film using colour C41 Process
- High contrast, well defined highlights
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|Film Color Type||black-and-white|
|Film Format Type||35mm|
|Item Dimensions||2.38 x 1.44 x 1.5 inches|
|Item Display Weight||0.03 Kilograms|
|Item Weight||0.08 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||0.1 pounds|
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|Dimensions||2.38 inches x 1.5 inches x 1.44 inches||2.38 inches x 1.5 inches x 1.44 inches||1.4 inches x 5.5 inches x 4.3 inches||2.38 inches x 1.5 inches x 1.44 inches|
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(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!
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.
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
The main feature (which some could see as a bug) is because it's color process, I got less of a black & white, and more of a dark brown & white. I actually preferred it though, as it gave the photos are certain warmth.
High quality film which yields fantastic results with no visible grain. Love it (when I have the money for it)
Scans well because you can use "Digital Ice" or other spot removers that don't work with silver gelatin. It also lays flat in the scanner better than the Kodaks which tend to have an arch.
Otoh, it doesn't have the grainy look of classic b&w.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Came in on time if not, early. I just loaded the film and I can't wait for the results.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
My absolute favorite monochrome film. The tones are just awesome. I don't shoot any monochrome film besides this anymore.Published 6 months ago by Algernon7
Ilford still makes some of the best film around today. I love the contrast in this B&W film. The grain is very fine and gives each photo the kind of beauty and quality that digital... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Tim Radtke