Double-X does not handle backlighting well. Completely blown highlights, blown midtones, and washed out shadows. A significant amount of work needs to be done to negatives in the darkroom or in the scan to produce a usable image in these instances. Correct exposure yields a wonderful result, though due to the limited exposure latitude you need to keep in mind what your compositions look like in high contrast situations. High contrast can be your friend if used to your advantage, i.
My recommendation would be to shoot Double-X on a cloudy day where your lighting conditions are even and consistent and relatively low contrast. Though this is usually ideal for most film stocks, this is especially true with Double-X.
If clouds are not an option i. Indoors and at night, however, is where Double-X really shines. It produces incredibly rich silver tones across the entire gradient, losing nothing from the highlights or shadows so long as your exposures are as close to accurate as possible. Double-X produces wonderfully rich blacks, making your shadows strong and your tones fall off nicely.
Concert photographers and night-time street shooters have a friend in Double-X. Be sure to expose for the highlights and let the shadows fall off where they will. Between my nighttime walks and my documentation of iconography, I have been very pleased with the results Double-X has given me. I will note, when scanning film I processed at EI , I drastically reduced the contrast.
A similar process can be accomplished in the darkroom using a yellow filter when printing. Shooting Double-X at EI makes your negatives very dense. Double-X is a professional film made for professional crews on film sets. It is not forgiving and if you are careless or ignorant you will not be pleased with the results.
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Great Article Alexander! I just purchased two rolls of this film. It was actually from FPP x2 but same film. When you say Meter for the highlights. Where should I take my meter reading? Also for daylight shooting rating it at iso is the best you think? Thank you! Glad you enjoyed. Where you take the reading will give you the exposure needed for that tone to become middle grey. The reason for this is that Double-XX seems, in my experience, to blow out in the highlights.
This is especially crucial in direct sunlight. This, in my opinion, is where Double-XX shines, because the chance for overexposure on the highlights is eliminated, leaving only beautiful, silky, silver tones and deep, rich, blacks. Sounds like this would be a good film for late in the evening, night, cloudy days and indoors.
Barnack simply designed a camera that used a film format that had become the international standard gauge in cinema several years before he even invented his first camera, and that film had been around a fair while before it became the standard. My point that 35mm film was brand new to the world was that 35mm photography was brand new to the world.
However, considering that 35mm motion picture film was invented in , for all intents and purposes, motion picture was also brand new to the world. Question about the eastman film. Does it have a remyet layer and if so how do you remove it? Before or after development? And what kind of chemicals are needed for that? Your post here is inspiring me to do so. Looks like I need to make some more room in the freezer….
Ha thanks Rick! Yes I think Double-X is great film, especially for low light shooting such as the UK in the winter months. Hi Scott, no problem. I develop the same as Foma or Tmax I might give it a bit extra time for higher ISOs but it may not be required.
Great article! Hi Jim, thanks! I get a rebranded version off Ebay and have had excellent results. Thanks JR, with the dark winter days now upon us I need to get the bulk loader out and spool of some XX for my winter European shoots! It will be great using it again after a break.
And I do love the look of the film. Will be grabbing a bulk roll very soon. Great to hear Jim! I need to develop my Foma from my trip last week. I think Xtol gives even better results than so will use that and see how I get on. And when you use it below are you pulling it? I am using Ilfosol 3 at Thanks F. Hi Frank, thanks! Maybe class as box speed then do less time for and longer for Skip to content. Tenerife Photoshoot — Poland Models — Like this: Like Loading Keep shooting Matt Loading Matt Loading Thanks Joe, good to hear from you!
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EASTMAN DOUBLE-X Negative Film / has the subtleties in tone scale that you've come to expect from Kodak film. It's designed for production use in dim. Film: Kodak Eastman Double X Trending Recent Popular. 1 2 Next. Languages. You're currently viewing this page in English. You can change your language. Kodak Eastman Double-X is a high-speed, general-use panchromatic black-and-white negative film for both outdoor and studio use.