As I already wrote in the first part of this post, while traveling in Bavaria, apart from a roll shot with the Leica R-E and one with the Canon P (nightshots), I used two Olympus cameras (OM2n and OM10). I have already expressed an opinion about the films I used (Ilford XP2 Super 400 and Kodak Tmax 400).
Leica R-E & Vario Elmar 35-70mm – XP2 Labdeveloped
As loyal readers already know, at the beginning of December I faced (after almost 15 years) traveling exclusively using film cameras only. In this post I showed the equipment that I planned to use. Furthermore, I also had an Olympus OM10 with three Zuiko lenses (28, 50 and 135mm) as a backup just in case. Once in Munich (Bayern), I bought a nice Olympus OM2n, accompanied by a Zuiko 35-70mm f/3.5-4,5 and a Tokina RMC 24mm f/2.8. The films I used were Ilford XP2 Super 400, Kodak T-Max 400 and Ilford Delta 3200. In total, I took 8 rolls of 36 frames. A ridiculous number of shots when compared with those obtained in a half-day with any digital camera. But this is precisely the reason that led me back to the film, so I am absolutely delighted to have chosen this path.
Since I was very pleased by the Canon P(and Here) rangefinder, with Leica M39 mount, as soon as I had a good opportunity , I got the following model: the Canon 7. The latter, brings some improvements such as rotating frames in the viewfinder to frame with different focal lengths (35, 50, 85/100 and 135mm) and a semi-coupled selenium light meter.
Surely, many fans consider the XP2 Super an excellent film. High sensitivity, fine grain and good tonal scale are the reasons for its success. There’s only one small problem: it is designed to be developed with C-41. The same process used to develop color films. In recent years, however, after the explosion of digital, the laboratories that dealt with these films have gradually disappearing and often, those who want to use them, must resign themselves to send the rolls of exposed films to other cities (with consequently higher costs and waiting times), or to develop by themselves.
Some time ago, stimulated by certain images seen on the net, I wanted to try the Ilford XP2 Super 400 film. This stems from the XP1, which appeared in the early ’80s to make more widespread treatment of b/w and to provide less grain than other films of these times (which often had too much of it). I must have somewhere a series of negatives taken with the XP1 ….. The XP2 must be developed by the classic C-41, used routinely for color films. This could have been a major point in its favor, at least until the advent of the digital era.