Motion picture black and white film?
Most of you must have already been using motion picture colour negative film such as CineStill 50D, CineStill 800T…etc. Kodak Eastman 5222 Double-X is Kodak’s legendary 35mm black and white cine film available for use in 35mm camera. Films such as Schindler’s List (1993), Memento (2000) and Casino Royale (2006) have used Double-X to evoke strong emotions like only black-and-white can do.
Name: Kodak Eastman 5222 Double-X
ISO: 200 (Tungsten), 250 (Daylight)
Film type: Black and white
Character: Medium contrast with medium grain structure
Wide greyscale and sharpness
Double-X has the subtleties in tone scale with a scratch-resistant backing layer. It also has a great depth of field without increased illumination. With its stunning tones and dynamic range, any developer in the market could have it developed nicely and resulted in good sharpness. Comparing the Eastman Double-X with Kodak Tri-X, the later one gives you a relatively harder sharpness. If you like softer tone and use with vintage Leica glass, then Double-X for sure is something that you are looking for.
Superb dynamic range and Fine grain
It has very long density range and with medium contrast for movie making. When you use the film in high contrast environments, highlights and shadows are kept in great details. I have developed some of them in Kodak HC-110 (B) before and resulted in low contrast. Some online forum suggested that using Kodak D76 developer is the perfect match! Eastman Double-X is mainly for movie making and the grain is much finer than Kodak Tri-X and I think the grain intensity is between Ilford HP5 and Delta 400.
Comparing Double-X with other black and white film
Note: Table developed based on my personal experiences with the different BW films and developers.
Flexibility to push or pull the film
Double-X is flexible to be pushed up to ISO800 and usually I rate it at ISO 400 for street snaps in daylight. At ISO 400, aperture step down, compose and shoot! It gives you autonomy to use at different ISO speed in different circumstances and it ease the pain to consider which film to bring for your own trip.
What lenses did I use?
Voigtlander 35mm f1.2 v2 asph
Leica Summicron 35mm f2 v1
Leica Summicron 50mm f2 v1 collapsible
Leica Summilux 50mm f1.4 v2
Leica Noctilux 50mm f1 e58 v1