Plaubel Makina 67 with Ilford XP2 400

I just got from the lab my first roll of film from last weekend. I must find the time to develop the rest of the films (TMAX 100 and Delta 3200), but that will take at least a week since the next days I will be extremely busy.

There are basically three images I can publish today since the rest were part of the video/photo project we did last Saturday. I chose the Ilford XP2 400 film since I knew I wouldn’t have the time to develop any b&w film for this week and I needed to see some images immediately.

XP2 400 is a C41 process b&w film, which means any lab can develop it like any other color negative film. That means that in about an hour I can get it developed and scan it. That’s a great option to have but of course there are some “flaws”.

Although its a great film, it doesn’t quite possess the unique characteristics of a silver halide genuine black and white emulsion. It can’t match the wonderful grain of the TRI-X 400 or HP5 and sometimes the final image looks a little bit digital.

On the other hand, there are also advantages. Fast process (C41), great latitude and the ability to use the ICE feature of my scanner to get rid of scratches and spots.

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I usually rate it at ISO 320 (Ilford states that at ISO 250 you get the best out of this emulsion) but I have also rated it at ISO 640 with very good results. This wide latitude is one of the best characteristics of this film and it allows you to shoot in many different situations.

The most important of course thing is that it can be fast developed in any lab. If I have the time to develop a b&w film myself, I will also always choose any other silver halide film. There is also the option of shooting a color negative and then convert it to black and white, but I don’t want to “sacrifice” a Portra 160 or 400 for this task. These are great modern films with great color and fine grain and there’s no point wasting them this way.

One last thing about the camera. For one more time I have to praise the qualities of Makina 67, this wonderful 6×7 rangefinder camera with it’s unique construction. It allows me to carry it everywhere just like a compact camera and it has earned a permanent place in my everyday camera bag.

Enough with words, here are the rest of the images.

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