Cinestill BWxx 250 - 35mm Film
Now: £13.00 GBP
First used in 1959 to shoot movies in Holywood studios, this black and white 35mm film is now available for UK photographers to create their own unique vision! Films that have included scenes shot on this emulsion include Kill Bill Vol 1, Schindler's List, Casino Royale and Raging Bull - the definition of artistic royalty. It is officially rated at ISO 250, although photographers shooting at ISO 200 are highly unlikely to see any difference in the negatives.
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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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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 Film 35mm B&W ISO 200 today and dive back into the fun of 35mm film photography!
Double X, repackaged Eastman Kodak 5222, is an awesome film. I sometimes wish it was available in 120 too. It has a visible grain, so if you like grain-less films, it isn't for you. However the grain has such character, and the tones! Oh the tones. It has good contrast mixed with all the grays you could imagine. As a street photography film, or an all-rounder, this film holds its own, and I would recommend everyone give it a try.
I am very obsessed with finding the perfect black and white film for portraits and whilst this isn't perfect, it sure is great. Wonderfully contrasty, with good sharpness and punch. Where I think this really shines is in those matted shadow tones and inky blacks. Cinematic and stylish, as expected!
I learned a lesson with this film - never open the back of a camera if you are unsure there is film in it! I lost half a roll, but about 15 of inside Lincoln Jail (a tourist attraction, not the real thing) came out. I have another roll to shoot so the jury is still out.
Anyway, it works great in low light but for an outdoor film but as expected came out somewhat grainy, I know many people like this, I don't. My unused roll will be shot outdoors on a good day. I found the contrast a little flat, or should I say it has a good tonal range so if you are looking for high contrast probably not the film for you. I am looking forward to shooting my next roll when it would be good to update this review, but not sure if I can. AW - might be worth looking at how thats done?
I am surprised and delighted with this film ! Its really good stuff. Wasn't sure what to expect from the reviews & hype - decided to give it a try - very glad I did. Its got a lovely tonal range - from deep blacks to clean highlights & all the shades of grey in between. Yes you can make it look contrasty for effect, but its the more subtle shades that have surprised me. Its not grainy like I though it would be - and the 250asa speed is really useful - I used lots of 200asa colour neg film in the past - always wondered why nobody produced a 200asa black & white film.
Cinestill 250 = Kodak Double X motion picture film - wonder why Kodak never thought to sell this wonderful film for stills photography?
Ok, I LOVE this film. It has produced some of my favourite black and white shots. Contrasty and punchy but with subtle changes in tone. I don't know whether I'd call it cinematic but it certainly brings the drama to what can often be quite ordinary shots. Good in strong light for landscapes and street and in softer light produces lovely skin tones for portraits. NOT so good with flash in my experience and a film with a character that might overwhelm the subject every now and then. Not perfect but often a joy.