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Ilford XP-2 Super 135-36 Black & White (Chromogenic C-41) Print Film (ISO-400)

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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. XP2 Super has improved exposure latitude compared with XP2, and gives exceptionally sharp, crisp prints. The excellent highlights and improved shadows of XP2 Super give enhanced negative contrast for optimum black and white print quality.

Easy to expose, and has extremely wide exposure latitude
Easy to process; It is a black and white film which is processed in C-41 type processing chemicals
Easy to print; Negatives are printed on black and white paper in the same way as conventional black and white negatives
XP2 Super is a chromogenic film; This means that the dyes which make up the image are formed during development rather than being present in the film or added later
The extremely wide exposure latitude of XP2 Super is the result of the unique relationship between exposure and grain in chromogenic films
Type 35mm black and white chromogenic film
Speed ISO 400
Applications General photography but ensures excellent results when there is a wide subject brightness range
Process Procees in C-41
Color Saturation Not applicable
Grain Extremely fine
Sharpness Very high
Exposure Latitude Wide
Push/Pull Can be rated at EI 50-800

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IlfordXP-2 Super 135-36 B&W (Chromogenic C-41) Print Film (ISO-400)
 
4.8

(based on 49 reviews)

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    (8)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Sharp (34)
  • Reliable tonal range (33)
  • Consistent (32)
  • Accurate (26)
  • Scans well (26)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Photojournalism (29)
    • Artwork (26)
    • Travel (21)
    • Home (14)
    • Action shots (12)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (17), Photo enthusiast (10), Casual photographer (6), Pro photographer (5), Photography student (3)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Awesome film!

    A beautiful film that has great dynamic range and perfect contrast for my tastes. My HP5+ stays in the fridge...

    A beautiful film that has great dynamic range and perfect contrast for my tastes. My HP5+ stays in the fridge...

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Excellent film... but...

    Bought this film after seeing examples of it in LFI magazine. It is a fine film, it has good contrast and tones but I was surprised at the amount of grain that it...Read complete review

    Bought this film after seeing examples of it in LFI magazine. It is a fine film, it has good contrast and tones but I was surprised at the amount of grain that it exhibits. I thought it would be a finer grained film than I got from my processed rolls. I am going to try, again, the Kodak BW400CN film to compare it with. I like it but don't love it yet.

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    5.0

    Great tones

    By CO. Tone

    from Colorado Springs

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Consistent
    • Reliable Tonal Range
    • Sharp

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Action Shots
      • Artwork
      • Photojournalism
      • Sports Photography
      • Travel

      Comments about Ilford XP-2 Super 135-36 B&W (Chromogenic C-41) Print Film (ISO-400):

      XP2 is a great black and white film for art photography. It is a small grain film that has nice grays and blacks. Best of all I can take it to the lab and get the photos back in a hour.

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      4.0

      My number 2 go to film....

      By Alberto Custo

      from Los Angeles, CA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accurate
      • Reliable Tonal Range
      • Scans Well

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Action Shots
        • Artwork
        • Photojournalism
        • Sports Photography

        Comments about Ilford XP-2 Super 135-36 B&W (Chromogenic C-41) Print Film (ISO-400):

        I primarily shoot B&W film... Usually Kodak BW400CN. I carry this in my bag as well, It's a little sharper and has a more "modern" look than Kodak. Solid film, good price.

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        5.0

        Ilford film 4 lyfe

        By Chels

        from Boston, MA

        About Me Photography Student

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Action Shots
            • Photojournalism

            Comments about Ilford XP-2 Super 135-36 B&W (Chromogenic C-41) Print Film (ISO-400):

            I've only really worked with Tri-X until now and I'm so happy I made the switch. Ilford film is so much easier to handle and it just genuinely looks better.

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            • No

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            4.0

            XP2-super

            By thegoodgrief

            from San Francisco, CA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Accurate
            • Consistent
            • Reliable Tonal Range
            • Scans Well
            • Sharp

            Cons

            • Color Shift

            Best Uses

            • Artwork
            • Home
            • Photojournalism
            • Travel

            Comments about Ilford XP-2 Super 135-36 B&W (Chromogenic C-41) Print Film (ISO-400):

            I'm a San Francisco photographer/filmmaker and used this film as an experiment in shooting portraits. I didn't how I felt about the idea of black and white being run through a c41 bath (color developing) but thought I'd give it a try anyway.

            The results were surprisingly stunning. This film pushed the range of contrast in a way I hadn't really seen before. Some images contained grain depending on my aperture, and others were extremely sharp. I think it's a good film to try once you have gotten to know some other ilford stocks.
            I buy this in boxes usually, as I use it for work and for personal use.

            Try it!

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            5.0

            XP-2 super

            By thegoodgrief

            from San Francisco, Ca

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Reliable Tonal Range
            • Sharp

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Artwork
              • Photojournalism
              • Travel

              Comments about Ilford XP-2 Super 135-36 B&W (Chromogenic C-41) Print Film (ISO-400):

              I'm a San Francisco based photographer/filmmaker and I shoot on both film and digital. I tried this film last year for the first time just to experiment and loved the results. It's a black and white film that is processed through a basic c41 bath (color developing)

              I notice that it has this ability to push contrast, and capture grain that I hadn't seen before. I shot with mostly natural light, overcast ect...
              Some of my works I'm most proud of are shot on this film.

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              5.0

              Great!

              By Nondo

              from San Francisco

              Comments about Ilford XP-2 Super 135-36 B&W (Chromogenic C-41) Print Film (ISO-400):

              Great!

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              5.0

              I love it

              By eaweddingphotography

              from Puerto Vallarta, MX

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Accurate
              • Consistent
              • Scans Well
              • Sharp

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Artwork
                • Photojournalism
                • Travel

                Comments about Ilford XP-2 Super 135-36 B&W (Chromogenic C-41) Print Film (ISO-400):

                I love the contrast and the facility to develop this film, where I live nobody developes B&W anymore and it is hard to find the ingredients to do it myself, but I love to shoot B&W film, that is why I use this one...!!

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                5.0

                Does its job.

                By Emily, the student

                from Newport News

                About Me Photography Student

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Reliable Tonal Range
                • Sharp

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Action Shots
                  • Artwork
                  • Photojournalism
                  • Sports Photography

                  Comments about Ilford XP-2 Super 135-36 B&W (Chromogenic C-41) Print Film (ISO-400):

                  I use this film for a darkroom photography class. It's a great black and white film, with minimal grain and decent speed. I don't have anything bad to say about it.

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                  • Yes

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                  5.0

                  BLACKS & WHITES

                  By Joe Carrotta Photography

                  from New hyde park

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Accurate
                  • Consistent
                  • Reliable Tonal Range
                  • Sharp

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Action Shots
                    • Artwork
                    • Home
                    • Office
                    • Photojournalism
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Ilford XP-2 Super 135-36 B&W (Chromogenic C-41) Print Film (ISO-400):

                    This film takes great black and white photos with no problems at all. If you the type of photographer that likes to get there film processed and printed a drug store then this film is good for you! develops in color chemicals which drug stores use

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                    5.0

                    Fantastic

                    By Ryanandbethdotca

                    from Canada

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Accurate
                    • Consistent
                    • Reliable Tonal Range
                    • Scans Well
                    • Sharp

                    Cons

                    • none

                    Best Uses

                    • Action Shots
                    • Home
                    • Photojournalism
                    • Sports Photography
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Ilford XP-2 Super 135-36 B&W (Chromogenic C-41) Print Film (ISO-400):

                    I use this film professionally and it's one of my main 3 film types. Huge latitude, perfect contrast (in my opinion anyways) and it being C-41 process is really handy.

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                    5.0

                    GREAT FILM

                    By THE PINHOLE GUY

                    from SONOMA, CA

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Artwork

                        Comments about Ilford XP-2 Super 135-36 B&W (Chromogenic C-41) Print Film (ISO-400):

                        THIS FILMS WIDE EXPOSURE LATITUDE ALLOWS GOOD RESULTS WHEN EXPOSURE CANT BE CONTROLLED. I USE THIS FILM IN HOMEMADE CAMERAS AND PLASTIC DISPOSABLE CAMERAS THAT I RELOAD. TONES ARE DIFFERENT THAT CONVENTIONAL BLACK AND WHITE, GENERALLY PLEASING...

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                        4.0

                        Not as good as std types, but...

                        By AGChicago

                        from chicago

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent
                        • Reliable Tonal Range
                        • Scans Well

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Ilford XP-2 Super 135-36 B&W (Chromogenic C-41) Print Film (ISO-400):

                            ...try getting a roll of HP5 or TMAX developed and scanned for $ in an hour. There seems to be less contrast and it's maybe not as fine as TMAX400 or HP5, but it does have a nice look to it, and PS processing yields a lot of flexibility. I will say that it does sharpen very well, not sure why.

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                            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Awesome film!

                            By Ryan and Beth Photographers

                            from Edmonton Alberta

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Amazing look
                            • Great Contrast
                            • Scans Well

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Ilford XP-2 Super 135-36 B&W (Chromogenic C-41) Print Film (ISO-400):

                                A beautiful film that has great dynamic range and perfect contrast for my tastes. My HP5+ stays in the fridge...

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Excellent

                                By Tc80211

                                from Delray

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

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                                      Comments about Ilford XP-2 Super 135-36 B&W (Chromogenic C-41) Print Film (ISO-400):

                                      Great BW film. C41 makes it easy to have any shop develop.

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                                      5.0

                                      Great for the job

                                      By Alexandre Claude

                                      from Montreal, Quebec, Canada

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Accurate
                                      • Consistent
                                      • Reliable Tonal Range
                                      • Sharp

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Artwork

                                        Comments about Ilford XP-2 Super 135-36 B&W (Chromogenic C-41) Print Film (ISO-400):

                                        Works as it should.

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                                        • No

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                                        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        5.0

                                        Desert Island Film

                                        By Run, Drum, Write

                                        from Chelsea, MI

                                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                        Pros

                                        • Consistent
                                        • Scans Well

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Artwork

                                          Comments about Ilford XP-2 Super 135-36 B&W (Chromogenic C-41) Print Film (ISO-400):

                                          If I were stranded on a desert island, I'd like my Diana (not Lomo) and 1000 rolls of this film. You can read about the aspects others like. I'll be non-rational and say that there is just something about this film that I really like. A combination of contrast, grain, sharpness, and latitude I suppose. My favorite photos are on XP2 Super.

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                                          5.0

                                          Established Chromogenic B/W film

                                          By Biker Mike

                                          from Inland Empire Southern California

                                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Accurate
                                          • Consistent
                                          • Reliable Tonal Range
                                          • Scans Well
                                          • Sharp

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Artwork
                                            • Sports Photography

                                            Comments about Ilford XP-2 Super 135-36 B&W (Chromogenic C-41) Print Film (ISO-400):

                                            Easy C-41 development in 35mm or 120. Usually shows a variety of color shades, within the same roll, in the prints depending on the lab used. Fine grain quality though it is 400 ASA.

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                                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                             
                                            5.0

                                            All around great film!

                                            By SIRK

                                            from Huntington Beach,CA

                                            About Me Photography Student

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Accurate
                                            • Consistent
                                            • Reliable Tonal Range
                                            • Sharp

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                                Comments about Ilford XP-2 Super 135-36 B&W (Chromogenic C-41) Print Film (ISO-400):

                                                Love the classic Black & White look, with decent amounts of grain and good shades of value. I love the fact it is C-41 which makes it easy to get developed. Couldn't complain with the price or quality.

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                                                5.0

                                                Classic Film we know and love

                                                By dabrams

                                                from Philadelphia, PA

                                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Accurate
                                                • Consistent
                                                • Reliable Tonal Range
                                                • Scans Well
                                                • Sharp

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Artwork

                                                  Comments about Ilford XP-2 Super 135-36 B&W (Chromogenic C-41) Print Film (ISO-400):

                                                  What more is there to say about XP-2. This is the classic film we know and love. Easy to develop and print.

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                                                  3.0

                                                  Excellent film... but...

                                                  By M6Mann

                                                  from Brooklyn, NY

                                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Pros

                                                    Cons

                                                      Best Uses

                                                      • Artwork
                                                      • Photojournalism

                                                      Comments about Ilford XP-2 Super 135-36 B&W (Chromogenic C-41) Print Film (ISO-400):

                                                      Bought this film after seeing examples of it in LFI magazine. It is a fine film, it has good contrast and tones but I was surprised at the amount of grain that it exhibits. I thought it would be a finer grained film than I got from my processed rolls. I am going to try, again, the Kodak BW400CN film to compare it with. I like it but don't love it yet.

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                                                      • No

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