Fine art photographer Keith Dotson offers sample photographs made on Kodak’s famous movie film used since the 1950s
One bright, hot Saturday I took my vintage Hasselblad 500 C/M medium format camera down to an old cemetery that was established in 1812. I knew I’d find plenty of textures and poignant subjects to try out Cinestill Double-X BwXX black and white film for the first time.
I enjoyed the camera and I love the look of the images I got from this visit. Read on to learn about the film, and to see my photographs from this day.
My thoughts about the Cinestill Double-X BwXX black and white film
This was my first time shooting the Cinestill film, which is recut and repackaged from classic Kodak Eastman Double-X 5222 cinema film stock, that’s still used in Hollywood and has been since the 1950s. According to the Cinestill site, this film stock has been used in the productions of some of Hollywood’s greatest black and white films (since the 1950s anyways), including The Lighthouse, Raging Bull, Schindler’s List, Memento, Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Manhattan, and Young Frankenstein.
While the film is rated at 250 iso for daylight, I metered it at 200 iso, and it still seems very nicely exposed to my eye.
I found the Cinestill black and white film to be extremely sharp with strong contrasts and a pleasing fine film grain. It gives crisp images but not clinical — they retain that warm, special look that distinguishes film from digital. I will definitely shoot with Cinestill Double-X BwXX film again!
Want to try this film yourself?
- 35mm Cinestill Double X BWXX film: https://amzn.to/3yXnVqw
- 120mm Cinestill Double X BWXX film for medium format cameras: https://amzn.to/3cEaX9G
Black and white medium format photographs shot on Cinestill Double X BwXX black and white film
Below are the photographs I shot on this hot and sunny summer day. Some of these will be made available as fine art prints. Click the links where available.
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