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Ilford XP2 Super Black and White Negative Film (35mm Roll Film, 36 Exposures)

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Ilford XP2 Super Black and White Negative Film (35mm Roll Film, 36 Exposures)

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Product Highlights

  • Panchromatic B&W Chromogenic Neg. Film
  • ISO 400/27° in C-41 Process
  • Very Wide Exposure Latitude
  • Fine Grain and Sharpness
  • Can Be Printed On Conventional B&W Paper
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Ilford's XP2 Super is a high-speed chromogenic black and white negative film that can be processed alongside conventional color negative films in C-41 chemistry. It has a nominal sensitivity of ISO 400/27°, however can be under- or overexposed in order to adjust contrast as well as the balance of grain and sharpness. When rated at ISO 400, the most neutral balance between a fine grain structure and high sharpness will be afforded. Its wide exposure latitude can also be used to better control highlight and shadow values, as well as an expansive range of middle tones. Additionally, XP2 Super is designed for printing on traditional black and white papers, with Multigrade contrast filters, as well as on RA-4 color papers with maintained print color neutrality.

This item is one 36-exposure roll of 35mm film in a DX-coded cassette.

UPC: 019498839573
Film Type Panchromatic black and white chromogenic negative film
Film Format 35 mm (36 exposures)
Sensitivity ISO 400/27°
Process C-41
Base 5 mil / 0.125 mm-thick acetate base
Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.08 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 2.3 x 1.5 x 1.5"

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IlfordXP2 Super Black and White Negative Film (35mm Roll Film, 36 Exposures)
 
4.8

(based on 54 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (45)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Sharp (36)
  • Reliable tonal range (35)
  • Consistent (34)
  • Accurate (28)
  • Scans well (28)

Cons

  • Scratches easily (3)

Best Uses

  • Photojournalism (30)
  • Artwork (29)
  • Travel (22)
  • Home (16)
  • Action shots (13)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (17), Photo enthusiast (11), Casual photographer (7), Pro photographer (7), Photography student (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (29)

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

Love this film

By Brian

from Indianapolis, Indiana

Comments about Ilford XP2 Super Black and White Negative Film (35mm Roll Film, 36 Exposures):

True black and white film looks much better than software conversion.

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(0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Capture the moments

By Jose de Ruiz

from Conover, North Carolina

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Accurate

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Ilford XP2 Super Black and White Negative Film (35mm Roll Film, 36 Exposures):

    These films were sent to Guatemala to a photographer who can not find them there. He will take photos of the daily life in Antigua and post them on his daily blog. He is very excited to receive these to accent his work.

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    5.0

    Always A Great Product

    By photo miss

    from Pittsburgh PA

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Reliable Tonal Range
    • Scans Well
    • Sharp

    Cons

    • Scratches Easily

    Best Uses

    • Artwork
    • Home

    Comments about Ilford XP2 Super Black and White Negative Film (35mm Roll Film, 36 Exposures):

    I teach at a university and I use this film for their very first shooting assignment. It makes for an quick intro to camera controls that they are able to see the results of after taking it to a one-hour photo location. The contrast isn't as it would be with traditional black and white dark room processing but it is close. I buy dozens of rolls a semester at least.
    I hope you guys keep selling it for a long time, or else I will have to change up my syllabi.

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    • No

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    5.0

    It works, and it looks good doing it

    By Seeby

    from Los Angeles

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Artwork

      Comments about Ilford XP2 Super Black and White Negative Film (35mm Roll Film, 36 Exposures):

      I purchased the Ilford XP2 Super for the fact that it's a C-41 process film that I can get developed at @ along with my color film. The images look great, the grain is nice and tight, the dynamic range/tolerance for overexposure is great, and I am more than pleased.I've read opinions from film shooters (I am new to film) that this film doesn't match up to traditional B&W films. I don't know about all that. The images look good to me, and I've been using them in my work with success.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Superb black and white

      By mysoulaches

      from Lake Charles, LA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

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        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Ilford XP2 Super Black and White Negative Film (35mm Roll Film, 36 Exposures):

            Illford always delivers on the black an white

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            • No

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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 XP2 Super Black and White Negative Film (35mm Roll Film, 36 Exposures):

              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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              • No

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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 XP2 Super Black and White Negative Film (35mm Roll Film, 36 Exposures):

                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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                • No

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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 XP2 Super Black and White Negative Film (35mm Roll Film, 36 Exposures):

                    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 XP2 Super Black and White Negative Film (35mm Roll Film, 36 Exposures):

                    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 XP2 Super Black and White Negative Film (35mm Roll Film, 36 Exposures):

                      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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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Great!

                      By Nondo

                      from San Francisco

                      Comments about Ilford XP2 Super Black and White Negative Film (35mm Roll Film, 36 Exposures):

                      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 XP2 Super Black and White Negative Film (35mm Roll Film, 36 Exposures):

                        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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                        • No

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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 XP2 Super Black and White Negative Film (35mm Roll Film, 36 Exposures):

                          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.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • 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 XP2 Super Black and White Negative Film (35mm Roll Film, 36 Exposures):

                            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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                            • No

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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 XP2 Super Black and White Negative Film (35mm Roll Film, 36 Exposures):

                            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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                            • No

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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 XP2 Super Black and White Negative Film (35mm Roll Film, 36 Exposures):

                                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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                                • No

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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 XP2 Super Black and White Negative Film (35mm Roll Film, 36 Exposures):

                                    ...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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                                    (5 of 5 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 XP2 Super Black and White Negative Film (35mm Roll Film, 36 Exposures):

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

                                        • Was this a gift?:
                                        • No

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                                        5.0

                                        Excellent

                                        By Tc80211

                                        from Delray

                                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                              Comments about Ilford XP2 Super Black and White Negative Film (35mm Roll Film, 36 Exposures):

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

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                                              • No

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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 XP2 Super Black and White Negative Film (35mm Roll Film, 36 Exposures):

                                                Works as it should.

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                                                • No

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