Thought I'd update the thread; bought a load of HP5 and now the light has become positively Mediterranean. Certainly missed the XP2 these last couple of days.
I guess I'd better order a few rolls of FP4; should make the sun go away in short order...
XP2 certainly has excellent exposure latitude, especially toward overexposure, although there is noticeable deterioration in image quality with moderately large errors. I have less experience with HP-5, although I have some and I have done several sensitometry experiments with it. My conclusion is that HP5 also has excellent latitude, but it behaves a bit differently. You should have a good hit rate using the sunny 16 rule with HP-5. A light meter is a good investment in any case.
I too use the inherent light meter system I was born with and have developed over the years.... although I am very fortunate in being able to bracket with alacrity. Simply, HP5+ is a very forgiving film but XP2 Super does indeed have a wider latitude. A low cost light meter as per Ian's suggestion would seem a very logical and practical step.
Signing off on a very , very rare f22 500th day in the North West of England, thank you for using and valuing ILFORD Photo products.
Simon. ILFORD Photo / HARMAN technology Limited :
Well, it's good to see you have found a way to carry on manufacturing the Ilford stuff at a time when so many others are falling by the wayside.
Sadly it looks as if this weekend may require HP5 rather than FP4.