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When my first son was born, I loaded Illford XP2 into the F100, I wanted to rattle through the entire roll within 24 hours of his birth, taking photos of the friends and family who came to visit and his first night at home. I also wanted to be able to process and scan the film as soon as possible and being a C-41 film stock, it means I can get any of the 1 hour labs to do it at really short notice. XP2 is not a true B&W film stock, unlike all other Illford products, though it’s still Illford quality. Where I live, there’s a minimum 2 week turnaround to process a real B&W film and that’s not including time taken to ship the film to the lab and back again. C-41 is the process applied to pretty much all colour (negative) film stocks and is the process behind the 1 hour photo service. The emulsion on a regular colour film consists of 3 colour layers (Cyan, Yellow & Magenta) and a Key layer (black/darkening). XP2 is simply a CYMK colour film but without the CYM colour components, leaving just the Key layer. This gives a B&W negative.
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