Bones Experimental X-ray 35mm film comes from our friends at Mercadoshops, a company based in Brazil. They produce black and white 35mm film specifically designed for photographic purposes by repurposing radiography medical film. The x-ray film sheets are rewound for this purpose.
This film does not come with its own ISO rating as it is not manufactured for visible light. However, it has been successfully tested with ISO settings ranging from 100 to 3200, with ISO 8000 also yielding satisfactory results. The film is loaded in canisters with a 400 ISO DX code.
Compared to regular 35mm film, this film is thicker and may offer some resistance when advancing the frame. Therefore, it is recommended to use a manual camera instead of automatic point-and-shoot cameras or similar models. Because of its thickness, the film can yield up to 20 frames.
The developing sheet can be downloaded here: Bones Technical Sheet
*Note the unusual frame number, thanks to the extra thickness of the film base!
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I liked the results. It's definitely "weird" and experimental in the way I personally like it. The only issue is that, that only few shots came out from 20 frames... I don't know what exactly happened. I used in manual and mechanical camera. Everything went fine. But looking down at the results, I can see that the thick roll film certainly will cause many issues for others too while photographing.
This film produces the most fantastic high contrast photographs. I was a bit unsure I would get anything from it, as I lost a few exposures due to issues loading the film because of the thickness
However, I am very happy with the results and will be getting a few more of these for some gothic portraits I have lined up. It is a high learning curve, but keep at it as the results are worth it