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Ilford XP2 Super 400 Black & White 35mm Film - Simple & Superb!

 

If you're a photographer who fancies having a go at black and white film photography, but don't want to go to the expense of traditional chemicals and self-developing, Ilford XP2 Super is a film emulsion you simply must try!

 

The Olymplus Trip 35 and Ilford XP2 Super 400 Film

 

XP2 is different because it can be developed in normal "Colour" processing machines, like you'll get at your local ASDA, Walmart or high-st photo lab. Simply pop a roll of XP2 35mm into your film camera, shoot it like normal, then drop it off for developing, prints and scans to CD. You may like to tell them that it will come out as black and white film, but that might just confuse things, so I tend to just drop the film off and then come and pick it up an hour later.

 

The Olymplus Trip 35 and Ilford XP2 Super 400 Film

 

Don't be tempted to just get the negs developed, unless cost is the utmost issue, because you can't beat a nice set of lab prints, and the CD scans (even if of a low resolution) will save you loads of time playing around with your flat-bed scanner.

 

The Olymplus Trip 35 and Ilford XP2 Super 400 Film

 

I've shot several rolls of XP2 super now, and it is a very reliable film. Pair it up with a compact camera, such as the Olympus Trip 35,  and the high 400 ISO speed rating will lead to nice sharp shots during the day (because the camera will use a tight aperture, maximising Depth of Field), and it will give you enough elbow room to take photographs indoors under bright lights later on.

 

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So, if you fancy dabbling in black and white 35mm film, or simply don't have the time for developing at home, Ilford XP2 Super is a great way to expand your photography.

 

The Olymplus Trip 35 and Ilford XP2 Super 400 Film

 

 

Thanks, Rob.

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