Silberra Cinema 52XX - 35mm Film

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Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
Ellis T. (London, GB)
Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Beginners, Portraits, Landscapes, Architecture, Creative/Abstract, Travel, Studio work, Low light/Night
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Probably my favourite b&w film

Double XX is probably my favourite b&w film. I love that it provides dramatic contrast without losing detail. The shadows and highlights are rich, and the grain is beautiful. Although Silberra might not bring back this film, it is supplied by other manufacturers still, such as Cinestill with their BW-XX.

Riccardo M. (Mozzo, IT)
Perfect for: Portraits, Street Photography, Creative/Abstract, Travel
Double-X 5222 love

Great film with a wonderful look and tones, good contrast with less grain compared to hp5 or trix. Pusehd with no problem up to 400

Sroyon (Rotherhithe, GB)
Perfect for: Street Photography
Movie magic!

Oh but this is glorious. Like Cinestill BWxx, Silberra 52XX is basically Eastman Kodak Double-X 5222 cine film spooled into 35mm canisters. I've shot two rolls, one at 250 ISO and developed for 10 mins, and the other at 500 ISO and developed for 13 mins, both in D-76 1+1 at 20°C. (I mention this because Massive Dev Chart only has times for up to ISO 400 and that too only in D-76 stock, but I made an educated guess and got good results).

I shot most of my two rolls at Extinction Rebellion actions in London, and the photos (see samples) have a wonderful, gritty look – contrasty (which was helpful since the weather was cloudy) and not as grainy as Tri-X (which is sometimes a bit too grainy for my liking). I also shot a few portraits of friends which have a dramatic, film-noirish look (again, see samples).

Kodak apparently has made no significant changes to the film stock since the early 1960s, in order to 'maintain the look of "classic" B&W film that our customers have expressed a desire for'. The flip side is that the film has less latitude (and therefore lower margin for error) than Tri-X or HP5. The upside (and what an upside) is that if you get it right, you can channel the magic of classic Hollywood movies like Raging Bull and Schindler's List which were all shot on Eastman Kodak Double-X.

While I am clearly in love with Double-X, I'd give Silberra 52XX 4 stars because (a) the essentially identical Cinestill BWxx is £1 cheaper (I bought Silberra because of the packaging), and (b) the canisters are plastic which I found harder to prise open in the darkroom compared to the usual metal ones.

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