I used to shoot a lot of Kodak's chromogenic black and white film. I liked it for its fine grain and wide exposure latitude. Kodak discontinued the film a couple years ago, much to my regret. I decided to try a couple of rolls of Ilford XP2 400 Super to see how it compares to Kodak's film. The XP2 turned out to be quite a different beast.
The first roll of XP2 I shot had very dull tonality, so I decided to shoot this one a stop slower than box speed, which is what most people seem to do. That ended up giving me some nicer tonality, but it took quite a bit of adjustment in PhotoShop to get near to what I wanted.
I arrived at the enclosure housing this little bobcat at the same time as the keeper. He sat down on a stump, tapped his knee and the cat jumped into his lap for pets and scratches. The keeper explained that the bobcat had been raised as a pet before ending up at the zoo.
On the way out of the zoo I shot the last frame at the 400 box speed. It seemed pretty good to me in regard to tonality and required little adjustment. I'm going to withhold judgment about this film for now. I'll try another round some time to see if I can sort out the variables a bit better.