Quote Originally Posted by Cheryl Jacobs
Unfortunately, Portra BW has been discontinued. I really prefer it over XP2, as the skin tones it yields are simply amazing. I used XP2 far more frequently, though, because Portra costs fully twice as much. Kodak has discontinued both the Portra and the TCN (which I personally will not miss) which leaves XP2. Kodak's "replacement" film is nasty -- I find it to be flat and dimensionless, and actually is NOT recommended for B&W traditional printing. Go figure. A "B&W" film not intended for traditional printing. That's so backwards.
I have a friend who is not shooting that much B&W and therefore not developing himself (and I don't have the time to develop the films for him). He uses this film, and is quite pleased with the convenience of colour film.