CineStill BwXX - 120 Film

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A BRAND NEW CLASSIC! Available to photographers for the first time ever in medium format, CineStill BwXX (Double-X negative) 120 is a classic panchromatic black and white negative film akin to the legendary Kodak Plus-X & Tri-X emulsions.

It is an excellent choice for all those looking for a classic film stock with top-level performance and versatility in a variety of conditions. Featuring a variable base sensitivity of 250 under daylight (5500K) and 200 under tungsten (3200K) lighting conditions, it can be rated up to ISO 1600 with the appropriate processing compensation.

Ideal for low light situations, this film delivers rich blacks and and wide range of tonal steps, while also providing very high sharpness, crisp micro-contrast, and a fine grain structure.

Some of the iconic movies filmed on the classic Eastman Double-X film stock 5222 include:

The Lighthouse (2019), Raging Bull (1980), Schindler's List (1993), Stranger Than Paradise (1984), Memento (2000), Kafka (1991), Casino Royale (2006), I'm Not There (2007), Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003), Manhattan (1979), Cinderella Man (2005), Aferim! (2015), Frantz (2016), American Horror Story (2011-2017) and many many more.




Format: 120
Colour: B&W
Type: Negative
ISO: 250
Exposures: 12
Pack size: 1


To understand more about the details above you can check out our film guide or if you want some inspiration then head over to our page on choosing your next film. And if you want the full details about the film, including technical information, read about Cinestill BwXX over on EMULSIVE.


CineStill celebrated it's 5th birthday in 2017, having quickly developed a fantastic reputation world-wide for their innovative approach to fulfilling analogue needs. They are specialists in converting rolls of cinema film - designed for movies - into batches of 35mm and medium format film that can be used in thousands of cameras, and developed in any minilab in the world. Their passion is for everyday photographers to have the same access to high-quality emulsions as Steven Spielberg, Wes Anderson, Martin Scorsese, and The Coen Brothers! Sometimes referred to as Cine Still.

For more information about the brand check out our bio of CineStill


Where we ship

When you buy your camera film from us we can ship it across the UK, Europe, USA, New Zealand, Australia and Canada (more countries planned soon!) So buy your CineStill BwXX 120 Film and dive back into the fun of medium format film photography!

The Analogue WonderLab

When you’ve shot your roll of film and are looking to get it developed and scanned, then look no further than the Analogue WonderLab!

We can process your film for you, scan it at the resolution you need, and email back the files quickly and securely.

We offer FREE tracked shipping to our lab so that you can send us your negatives with total peace of mind. And our lab team are all passionate film shooters themselves, so you know that your film will get the best possible treatment!

Head to the WonderLab page here to read more details, or add the bundled developing above (if available) when you purchase your film.

Please note that our long-term aim is to offer developing for every film that we sell, but this is a work-in-progress. For full details and FAQs please head here

We send all parcels via TRACKED service - free in the UK for orders of film over £50.

This means that when you buy your film from us you will be emailed a tracking link at dispatch, and will be able to follow your parcel’s journey all the way to safe arrival.

Please note that it is not a signed service so you won’t need to be at home to receive your film, and our letterbox-friendly boxes fit through the vast majority of European letterboxes!

You will have different shipping options and costs at checkout, depending on how quickly you need your film. Please refer to the Delivery Details page for full information

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Customer Reviews

Based on 18 reviews
Richard Waldock
Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Portraits, Landscapes, Street Photography, Architecture, Creative/Abstract, Travel, Studio work
Sharing with the Film Community: Yes

This film is simply class. It has so many qualities. It’s sharp, it holds highlights well, shadows are deep with inky blacks but always with plenty of tonal detail. There are plenty of films which offer rich contrast but not so many that don’t sacrifice shadow detail. I’ll be honest, I’ve only shot one roll so far, and the negative looks a bit thin, so either I underexposed or underdeveloped. Despite all this, most of the (DSLR) scans look beautiful. The only downsides are; the film is not the flattest, and it’s not that cheap. I can get fairly similar results from FP4 for nearly half the price. As with all the Cinestill films, I’d happily use them all the time but I can only afford it as an occasional treat.

Jim Graves
Perfect for: Portraits, Landscapes, Street Photography, Pinhole/Long-Exposure, Architecture, Creative/Abstract, Studio work, Low light/Night
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Amazing Tonality

It's been a year since I last shot a roll of Cinestill XX in medium format and I had to give it a try in my Godman Zone Z1. I am not disappointed! The tonality and exposure latitude of XX is the stuff of legend and it shows why Hollywoods finest choose it over more high tech digital equipment. I know it's at a premium price point, but you have to treat yourself occasionally.

Jake Williams
Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Portraits, Street Photography, Pinhole/Long-Exposure, Architecture, Creative/Abstract, Travel, Studio work, Low light/Night
Sharing with the Film Community: Yes
Accreditation Handles: @rolleicorder82
Silver Cinestill Machine

The black and silver packaging looks very chic and the silver emulsion within isn't too shabby either. There were some strong contrasts of light and shade in my local woods on a sunny July day, but the XX handled them very well indeed. It was developed in the recommended D-96 (Anchell & Troop's darkroom Cookbook, published by Focal Press, contains a formula you can brew yourself), but I'm sure it would be a really good match with Pyro or 2 bath formulae. I was really impressed by the 35mm version, but the 120 version just blew me away, thanks to the larger frame size. If only it was available in 5x4...but in the meantime, meter carefully and do your own tests to really get the best out of this film. Although not cheap,it's a belter.

Jessica Goodwin
Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Low light/Night
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Accreditation Handles: @jessicagportfolio instagram
A beautiful film

I’m a huge fan of deep contrast when it comes to black and white films, and so that’s one of the main reasons this film has officially become a new favourite of mine. I shot it at 800 ISO which is the highest my Ricohmatic TLR would allow, and it was developed by the lovely WonderLAB team, the results were better than I had hoped and are absolutely gorgeous. I plan to buy more for sure!

Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Beginners, Portraits, Landscapes, Pinhole/Long-Exposure
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Accreditation Handles: Instagram - neil_piper

A wonderful emulsion finally available in 120 format.
I notice a lot of reviews point out issues with the film - i had zero issues with mine. Which is even more amazing as i shot it through my Holga!
No metering, just the standard Holga controls - is it sunny or is it cloudy...!
Sample shots taken on a sunny day in the UK. Developed in HC110 for the ISO 200 times.
Wonderful tones, no crushed blacks or blown highlights.