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

10 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.

  3. No, they are not the same film. But they are very similar. Fuji Neopan 400CN is made by Ilford, per Fuji specs. I find the Neopan to have a nicer tonal range. However, both deliver excellent results. I rate them at 250 and 320.

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