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With the demise of Eastman Plus-X Negative Film 5231 (Discontinued April 2010), the alternative would be from ORWO film. ORWO actually have two 35mm motion picture negative films. ORWO contact details.


ORWO Universal Negative Film UN 54 Medium speed film with an EI of 100 ISO. Available in 30.5 metre, 122 metre and 305 metre cans.
ORWO Negative Film N 74 plus High speed film with an EI of 400 ISO. Available in 30.5 metre, 122 metre and 305 metre cans.


This site comes out of wanting to gather as much info as possible on using this motion picture film stock in 35mm rangefinder and SLR cameras. A long running thread on the Rangefinder forum and the Eastman Kodak Double-X (5222) group pool on Flickr has a small but happy and dedicated band of users using Double-X and experimenting with different developers and ASA/EI settings and sharing their findings.

One thing I have found of benefit is researching how cinematographers use the film. One source that was the most helpful and is written in non-tech language was Ryan Patrick O'Hara's site. Head to the "Learn" section. There you will find two documents, Shooting for Black & White (Part 1) and Shooting for Black & White (Part 2). Not just a good read but contains a wealth of knowledge and experience.

It is also worth reading through the information at the Kodak Black & White Film Products section of their web site. There are some interesting links there if you dig around.

As with all things on the inter-web, this site is constantly developing (pun intended!). It is above all a collaboration from the members of the Rangefinder Forum and Flickr who all shoot Double-X and have contributed to the information contained on the site. So my thanks go to - in no particular order:


Dave Killeffer  
Robert Wilson Canada
Tom A Tom - Vancouver, BC, Canada
lkgroup Leo - Washington State, USA
Nokton48 Dan - Central Ohio, USA
df cardwell Don - Michigan, USA & Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia
Vieri Turkey
ClayH Texas, USA
Al Kaplan Al - Florida, USA. Sadly, Al passed away on Tuesday 29th December 2009. He will be missed for his knowledge and wonderful stories.
dpetrzelka Washington State, USA
erik Rhode Island. USA
cosmonot New Jersey, USA
pschauss Peter
Cale Arthur Michigan, USA
Sean Porter Washington State, USA
Chris Livsey Chris - UK
noimmunity Jon - Shanghai, China
sockeyed Vancouver, BC, Canada
maddoc Gabor - Japan
Shelley-Ann Canada
mgd711 Mike - Phillipines (The Mariner with a Camera)
K14 Washington State, USA
mabelsound Robert - New York State, USA

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