Cinestill BWXX(Double X) B&W 35mm Film with 36 Exposures was originally created by Eastman Kodak in 1959, Eastman double-x 5222, has since became a most beloved film for cinema and still photographers alike. This classic black and white film stock has been left relatively unchanged since it’s first release. Though Kodak no longer offers this wonderful film to the analog still photography community, it is still available to cinematographers—and why should they get to have all the fun?
CineStill BWXX 35mm Film is a classic panchromatic black and white negative film for both outdoor and indoor/studio use. 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.
It has a variable base sensitivity of 250 under daylight (5500K) and 200 under tungsten (3200K) lighting conditions, and can be rated up to ISO 1600 with the appropriate processing compensation…see the processing datasheet.
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. This film stock is left relatively unchanged since its release in 1959 for still and motion picture use.
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.
It is thanks to all the dedicated film shooters out there that Cinestill is able to bring such an exciting film stock to the market.
See the Cinestill BWXX(Double X) B&W 35mm Film processing datasheet.