Ilford XP-2 Super Sharp, Fine Grain, Black and White Professional Film, ISO 400, 120 Size

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About Ilford XP-2

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. XP2 SUPER is easy to expose, and has extremely wide exposure latitude. XP2 SUPER is easy to process. It is a black and white film which is processed in C41 type processing chemicals alongside color negative films. XP2 SUPER is very 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. The best balance of sharpness and grain is obtained when XP2 SUPER is exposed at EI 400/27. However, down-rated or overexposed XP2 SUPER negatives have finer grain, the opposite of that expected and obtained with conventional films. Up-rated or underexposed XP2 SUPER negatives have only a slight loss in quality. Furthermore, standard C41 processing is recommended for the whole of the exposure range.

XP2 SUPER 35mm film is coated on 0 . 125mm acetate base and is available in 24 or 36 exposure DX cassettes, or in bulk film lengths of 17 and 30 . 5 meters. XP2 SUPER 35mm film is supplied in DX Coded cassettes, suitable for all 35mm cameras. XP2 SUPER roll film is coated on 0 . 110mm clear acetate base with an anti-halation backing which clears during development. It is available in 120 lengths and is edge numbered 1 to 19. Following international standards, XP2 SUPER roll film has a red exposed label to signify color negative processing.

The Ilford XP-2 is commonly used for Artwork, Photojournalism and more.The Ilford XP-2 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Ilford XP-2: Accurate, Good tonal range and Scans well

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Consistent (20),Accurate (19),Scans well (18),Sharp (13),Reliable tonal range (11),Good tonal range (10),Reproduces well (8)
Best Uses:
Artwork (18),Photojournalism (18),Travel (14),Action shots (7),Sports photography (7),Home (5)
Reviewer Profile:
Semi-pro photographer (10),Photo enthusiast (6),Enthusiast (5),Professional (3),Pro photographer (3)

Ilford XP-2 Features

  • ISO 400/27° Sharp, Fine Grain, Black and White Professional Film for Excellent Print Quality and C41 Processing Convenience.

Ilford XP-2 Reviews

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Most Liked Positive Review


A Perfect Film

What a great combination of speed, sharpness, latitude and tonality! This film makes outstanding traditional silver prints. Consistent processing each time thanks to C41. It does not have halide crystals so it scans wonderfully.


Most Liked Negative Review


NOT Trustworthy - Avoid it

Shot several rolls of this that were defective - scratches and lines running through all images...tested in various cameras & various labs, all with same result. Used to love the convenience of this film, its good speed and C41 developing, but I will NEVER use it again. Came very close to using it on high paying jobs that would have turned into disasters with those lines.

Reviewed by 31 customers

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Good for street photography


from Milford , Nj  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I like the idea of dropping this film off at the local china mart for developement.


Best B and W film ever!


from Portland Maine  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I used this film in my Kodak vest pocket. After a day of shooting I new this was the film for me. Its so forgiving. It seems to take the best photos no matter what. I wouyld recomend this to any black and white photographer as its avalable in 120 and 135. Great film.


Black and White film for a digital age


from New England  -  Photo Enthusiast

I bought this film for shooting black and white photos with my Diana F+ camera. I like it because it is processed using C-41 chemistry. So it can be processed anywhere they process color negative film. I like the film's contrast, sharpness, latitude and tonality.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


try a roll of this!


from london, ohio  -  Photo Enthusiast

I was really surprised how nice this film is. I have never shot c41 b&w, but I will do so again!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


I like this film.


from San Jose, CA  -  Photography Student

I am impressed with this film. I am shooting this with an EOS A2 and 24 - 105mm f/4L lens. I am using it for portrait work primarily at this time. I am getting the results I want. Also, being C41, if I run out of time, I can take it to the drup store for developing. By the way, the film expiration date on my film is Dec. 2013.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Ilford XP-2


from Shreveport, LA  -  Casual Photographer

Been using this for years and hope it does not get discontinued!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Good B&W Alternative


from Western North Carolina  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Began using in lieu of traditional B&W with TLR. Never did in-depth comparison to traditional films, but in general, I was very happy. Much more convenient that breaking out my own chemistry. Shot many jobs for clients with this film, scanning and printing on inkjet, and results were very good.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Good for C41 Process


from Bristol, Ct.  -  Photo Enthusiast

Excellent BW C41 process film.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Almost the only film I use.


from Portland, ME  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I use this film at ISO 800 and ISO 1600 with great results. It seem to be as sharp as Delta 100! I travel quite a bit with it and absolutely no problem as long as I make sure I carry on. And, when I get home, I don't have to develop it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Reliable,I have used this film for years


from La Mesa,Ca./NYC  -  Photo Enthusiast

Whether I use it as a typical B/W film or want to get an "old fashioned" look (Sepia) by way of C-41 processing, XP-2 gives me an even,rich tonal range.


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FRANK H  Experimenting with film. Not much perceptible difference from the other ISO 400s.
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