Ilford XP2 Super VS Fuji Neopan 400CN

So…. I did a film test recently that begs the question: is Fuji Neopan 400CN really just rebranded Ilford XP2 Super? This is my opinion, but it sure looks like it to me! Both films are best at EI 200 and have a very usable range from EI 50-640.

Look at the histogram- they are virtually identical! So very close, shot only a few minutes apart, any difference is attributable to the changing light outside. Hey- I still like XP2 Super… and it’s nice to know that when in the UK or Japan the 400CN is a go-to option as well.

Viva la Revolution- Stephen

7 Responses

  1. chrism

    XP2 pulls and pushes just fine provided you develop it in 1+49 HC-110.
    ISO100 – 4 minutes
    ISO200 – 6.5 minutes
    ISO400 – 10 minutes
    ISO800 – 13.5 minutes
    ISO1600 – 18 minutes

    I have done 3200 for 24 minutes, but we are the toe of the curve and any error in exposure gets you a blank frame. The images are very grainy in 35mm, but acceptable in 120 where they come out at all. I can’t recommend 3200.

  2. chrism

    Stephen,
    I’ve been experimenting some more with XP2 at various speeds and tweaked things a bit. I can’t claim the photographs themselves are special, but the technique seems solid, and the film is absolutely fantastic when pulled to 100 or 50. I made a write up about it here: http://drmoss.ca/xp2.htm

    At Ilford’s request I am going to repeat a lot of the work using Ilfotec HC, and they might give it official approval.

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