Thursday, July 25, 2013
It's always a blast to get my hands on a new-to-me film stock, especially if it's something special! Enter Eastman Double-X Negative Film 5222 - designed for general production use outdoors and in the studio, in dim light, and anywhere you need greater depth of field without increased illumination. This high-speed camera negative film has excellent image-structure characteristics.
There are a growing number of still shooters using motion picture film in their still cameras - specially Eastman Double-X as it can be developed in traditional BW chemistry and the film has no "rem jet" layer that has been an issue with the Vision color motion picture films.
According to Project Double X online, "...it is the look of Double-X that makes it that little bit special and with users exposing it at and beyond its designed exposure index and in various developers, the images it produces are beautifully rich in tones and clarity.
Motion picture films using the Eastman B&W film stock include: Schindler's List (1993), Memento (2000), Kafka (1991), I'm Not There (2007).
The opening black and white scene of the James Bond film, Casino Royale (2006) was shot on Double-X. The English Cinematographer, Phil Méheux, BSC, talked about the scene, in 2006, for the magazine of the American Society of Cinematographers." - http://www.project-double-x.org
Get some for your still film camera! - http://filmphotographyproject.com/store/35mm-fpp-cinema-xx-bw-single-roll
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Above images © Michael Raso / Shot on Canon EOS Rebel G 35mm SLR camera / 40mm EF f2.8 Pancake Lens