A BRAND NEW CLASSIC! Double-X negative is available to photographers for the first time ever in medium format, CineStill BwXX 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, Cinestill BwXX 120 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.
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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.
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I like! My first roll was taken on a dull, flat day. The shots are contrasty, punchy and with a nice grain; and not over-sharp. I now wonder how it will handle bright sunshine (assuming we get some more). I processed the roll in CT3.
This is a very versatile film. In my experience it beautifully rich blacks and excellent shadow detail and the fact it’s incredibly forgiving means you can get more HP5 + like tones or you can settle for the creamy, rich tones it gives off naturally or push it and get a little bit more grain without underexposing and losing clarity.
Great film stock but the only problem is the same as Kodak’s B&W films; they’re too expensive to justify buying over Ilford films.
This film stock has huge range of tones, but seems to be a little extreme on how it behaves. This gives an amazing character to the images and for portraits it is amazing. Seems to handle skin tones very nicely, keeping them bright in the resulting image but with plenty of texture. Lots of good portrait examples in these reviews. Green seems to be very bright in the images - see my examples. The leaf shows bright with the dragonfly, but I dont remember the background being that dark in real life. Maybe not a good one for beginners, but certainly the film stock to learn once you are ready.
This film really shines when pushed 2 stops to 800. I shoot this film exclusively at 800 ISO and mainly at night. It's a joy and beats TRI-X ,etc for this purpose, in my opinion