Ilford's fast, fine-grained, high contrast XP2 Super 400 is my choice for black and white street photography. Capturing a street scene and making it into a pleasing image isn’t easy for most films and digital sensors; Ilford XP2 Super, however, manages to make any snap on the street into a work of art.
Ilford XP2 Super has exceptionally wide exposure latitude that enables it to capture scenes with a wide brightness range. With ease, it renders the highlights of the sky while still keeping the details within the shadow, a necessity for any street scene.
Ilford XP2 Super renders contrast well. In any street scene, there's a lot going on. Dark and light tones are scattered throughout image. Most film and digital sensors struggle to aesthetically transition between these light and dark areas within an image. Ilford XP2 handles these transitions nicely. Its chromogenic, high contrast characteristics yields a pleasing result even when its capturing a more dynamic tonal scene.
Lastly, Ilford XP2 Super is easy to process. B&W lab processing can often be hard to find. The good news is that Ilford XP2 uses the more common C41 chemical process. You can take this film to most any one-hour photo labs and get your film back quickly.
Whether you’re a film enthusiast or not, give this film a try. You won’t be disappointed with what you get from it.