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Ilford XP-2 Super 120 Black & White (Chromogenic C-41) Print Film (ISO-400)

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The Ilford 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 120mm 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 120 Black & White (Chromogenic C-41) Print Film (ISO-400)
 
4.5

(based on 23 reviews)

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    (15)

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    (6)

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    (1)

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    (0)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tonal range (15)
  • Accurate (13)
  • Consistent (13)
  • Scans well (11)
  • Reproduces well (9)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Photojournalism (12)
    • Travel (11)
    • Artwork (10)
    • Action shots (7)
    • Home (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (6), Pro photographer (5), Photo enthusiast (4), Photography student (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (13)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Nice and Sharp with Good Lighting

    Pretty sharp outdoors, low lighting situations are more tricky. Definitely has less grain than other Ilford products, but it still has noticeable grain when the lights get turned off.

    Pretty sharp outdoors, low lighting situations are more tricky. Definitely has less grain than other Ilford products, but it still has noticeable grain when the lights get turned off.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good for Basic Shooting

    My school requires us to use this film for all of our projects. The most important thing is to expose your shot correctly (obviously) but there is not much room for error. If...Read complete review

    My school requires us to use this film for all of our projects. The most important thing is to expose your shot correctly (obviously) but there is not much room for error. If you over-expose by more than a stop than its hard to get a good, contrasty print from the negative. I have taken so really good photos with this film so its not all bad but I find it best just for school projects where less creativity is involved. Its just not your traditional B&W film the Chromogenic films are less forgiving. Good for school but I use other films for personal and portfolio work.

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    5.0

    A great film!

    By Jambon-Beurre

    from Dayton, TN

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Consistent
    • Good Tonal Range
    • Reproduces Well
    • Scans Well

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Action Shots
      • Artwork
      • Photojournalism
      • Travel

      Comments about Ilford XP-2 Super 120 Black & White (Chromogenic C-41) Print Film (ISO-400):

      This is a great film that I've been shooting on and off for the last 15 years. I love that I can shoot some of it, and throw it along with my color film (since it's C-41) for processing!

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      • No

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      5.0

      Very Pleased

      By Kevin

      from NH

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accurate
      • Good Tonal Range
      • Reproduces Well

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Photojournalism

        Comments about Ilford XP-2 Super 120 Black & White (Chromogenic C-41) Print Film (ISO-400):

        Shot a roll at the county fair on a mostly sunny day with fair weather clouds, very pleased with the outcome, great tonal range.

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        • No

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        5.0

        XP-2 Super 120 Black & White

        By Amy

        from Escanaba, MI

        About Me Photography Student

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Accurate

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Action Shots

          Comments about Ilford XP-2 Super 120 Black & White (Chromogenic C-41) Print Film (ISO-400):

          I have an old Yashica C that my daughter will be using and loved how quickly the order came the quality is perfect.

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          • Yes

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          4.0

          Love this film

          By Db

          from New Haven

          Comments about Ilford XP-2 Super 120 Black & White (Chromogenic C-41) Print Film (ISO-400):

          Good stuff

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          5.0

          A very flexible film stock

          By Mark Esper

          from London, UK

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tonal Range
          • Reproduces Well
          • Scans Well

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Action Shots
            • Artwork
            • Home
            • Photojournalism
            • Travel

            Comments about Ilford XP-2 Super 120 Black & White (Chromogenic C-41) Print Film (ISO-400):

            I've been using XP-2 for a while and here's why. You can push it and the quality holds up - but better still (from a cost point of view) you can colour develop it as well.

            As the cost of dedicated black and white processing steadily increases having a B/W stock that can be colour processed (at least here in the UK) immediately halves the costs of developing a roll.

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            • No

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            (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Good for Basic Shooting

            By JK

            from Charlotte, NC

            About Me Photography Student

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent

            Cons

            • Lower Quality
            • Not As Forgiving

            Best Uses

            • Basic Shooting
            • School Projects

            Comments about Ilford XP-2 Super 120 Black & White (Chromogenic C-41) Print Film (ISO-400):

            My school requires us to use this film for all of our projects. The most important thing is to expose your shot correctly (obviously) but there is not much room for error. If you over-expose by more than a stop than its hard to get a good, contrasty print from the negative. I have taken so really good photos with this film so its not all bad but I find it best just for school projects where less creativity is involved. Its just not your traditional B&W film the Chromogenic films are less forgiving. Good for school but I use other films for personal and portfolio work.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Nice and Sharp with Good Lighting

            By satmary

            from Southern California

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Accurate
            • Consistent

            Cons

            • Low-light Grain

            Best Uses

            • Outdoors
            • Photojournalism
            • Sports Photography
            • Travel

            Comments about Ilford XP-2 Super 120 Black & White (Chromogenic C-41) Print Film (ISO-400):

            Pretty sharp outdoors, low lighting situations are more tricky. Definitely has less grain than other Ilford products, but it still has noticeable grain when the lights get turned off.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Ilford medium format film

            By patou

            from Quebec,Canada

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Accurate
            • Consistent
            • Good Tonal Range
            • Reproduces Well
            • Scans Well

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Ilford XP-2 Super 120 Black & White (Chromogenic C-41) Print Film (ISO-400):

              Very easy to work whit. Lovely grain,lovely greys.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Nice

              By E

              from NC

              About Me Photography Student

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Ilford XP-2 Super 120 Black & White (Chromogenic C-41) Print Film (ISO-400):

                    Daughter is a photography student. Great find and great price.

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    This is outstanding film

                    By Sarah Bennett

                    from Springifeld, ohio

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Pros

                    • Accurate
                    • Consistent
                    • Good Tonal Range
                    • Reproduces Well
                    • Scans Well

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Artwork
                      • Home
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Ilford XP-2 Super 120 Black & White (Chromogenic C-41) Print Film (ISO-400):

                      Great for landscapes and portraiture. c-41 process makes processing easy It really is not any more expensive than days past. I have an 'antique' medium format that i love for slow paced and hobby shooting of this film. I used it alot as a student. It has comparable latitude to t-max and tri-x. The negs can be cheaply scanned and have fine grain due to the big negs. But for fast paced weddings and seniors, digital has stolen my heart.

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                      • No

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                      (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Good Product!

                      By KaraBear

                      from Jacksonville, Fl

                      About Me Photography Student

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Accurate

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Photojournalism

                        Comments about Ilford XP-2 Super 120 Black & White (Chromogenic C-41) Print Film (ISO-400):

                        It is a good product to use when you want to take black and white film pictures :)

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                        • No

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                        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Flexible and consistent B&W film

                        By gastwa

                        from Rockville, MD

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Accurate
                        • Consistent
                        • Good Tonal Range
                        • Reproduces Well
                        • Scans Well

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape
                          • Photojournalism
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Ilford XP-2 Super 120 Black & White (Chromogenic C-41) Print Film (ISO-400):

                          Love this film for both 120 and 35mm. I shoot it at ISO 200 for best results. Scans well too.

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                          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Good latitude

                          By LP

                          from Mississippi

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Good Tonal Range
                          • Scans Well

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Ilford XP-2 Super 120 Black & White (Chromogenic C-41) Print Film (ISO-400):

                              After a shoot this past weekend in an abandoned building with only available light, I remembered how much I love this film. The exposure latitude is great and being able to use C-41 chemistry is a plus.

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                              • No

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                              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Love it

                              By AHP

                              from Seattle, wa

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent
                              • Good Tonal Range
                              • Reproduces Well
                              • Scans Well

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Artwork
                                • Home
                                • Office
                                • Photojournalism
                                • Travel

                                Comments about Ilford XP-2 Super 120 Black & White (Chromogenic C-41) Print Film (ISO-400):

                                This film has such a great tonal depth. One of my favorite black and white films.

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                                • No

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                                (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                4.0

                                buyer beware

                                By Ellen

                                from Salem, Massachusetts

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Accurate
                                • Good Tonal Range

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Artwork

                                  Comments about Ilford XP-2 Super 120 Black & White (Chromogenic C-41) Print Film (ISO-400):

                                  When you are shooting with this film, be sure that you are shooting with bright lights, or adequate sunlight. I did nighttime shots, and even shooting with the zone system did not bring a wide tonal range. This, however, is the nature of the film. Just be aware of your lighting when shooting.

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                                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Consistent Beauty

                                  By Mikey J

                                  from L.A., CA

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Accurate
                                  • Consistent
                                  • Good Tonal Range
                                  • Reproduces Well

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Artwork
                                    • Home
                                    • Travel

                                    Comments about Ilford XP-2 Super 120 Black & White (Chromogenic C-41) Print Film (ISO-400):

                                    I've always sworn by Ilford film, and for my first time using the 120 XP-2, I wasn't disappointed! I only used a plastic Holga, and every shot was crisp and had amazing contrast. My only complaint... they can't make 24 roll 120 film ;-)

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                                    • No

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                                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    4.0

                                    Nice Film

                                    By John H.

                                    from Miami, FL

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Accurate
                                    • Consistent

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Artwork

                                      Comments about Ilford XP-2 Super 120 Black & White (Chromogenic C-41) Print Film (ISO-400):

                                      Nice film. Good grain. Can process almost anywhere.

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                                      • No

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                                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      4.0

                                      nice film especially for scanning

                                      By randy loo

                                      from Haifa, IL

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Good Tonal Range
                                      • Scans Well

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Ilford XP-2 Super 120 Black & White (Chromogenic C-41) Print Film (ISO-400):

                                          Good B&W film especially for those that scan their negatives and use ICE technology. Performs better when rated at EI of 250-320.

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                                          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          4.0

                                          RATE IT AT ISO 200

                                          By eska

                                          from jackson hole, wyoming

                                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Accurate
                                          • Consistent
                                          • Good Tonal Range

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Action Shots
                                            • Artwork
                                            • Photojournalism
                                            • Travel

                                            Comments about Ilford XP-2 Super 120 Black & White (Chromogenic C-41) Print Film (ISO-400):

                                            Rating this 400 speed film at 200 gives you more spectrum in grays striking more depth and dimension in the photos. It's fast, sharp and the grain is very fine. NO problems or disappointments to report thus far...

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                                            (3 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

                                             
                                            1.0

                                            Not Trustworthy - Bad Manufacturing

                                            By perez

                                            from NYC

                                            About Me Pro Photographer

                                            Verified Reviewer

                                            Pros

                                            • Good Tonal Range
                                            • Scans Well

                                            Cons

                                            • Poor Quality

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Photojournalism
                                            • Travel

                                            Comments about Ilford XP-2 Super 120 Black & White (Chromogenic C-41) Print Film (ISO-400):

                                            Had numerous rolls come out scratched, regardless of camera or lab that was used. scratches were very straight and uniform, ran the entire length of roll, ruined everything.

                                            i used to love this film. C41 convenience, snappy negs, scanned well. I just cant trust Ilford again though, especially since there are lots of good alternatives.

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