When Cinestill announced the release of XX Double-X I could not wait to get my hands on some to try.
I have shot Double-X film stock 5222 in 35mm that I picked up from Nik & Trick and really liked how it looked so when I realised that I could get to try it in 120 format I was pretty excited.
I bought some in both 35mm & 120 from the excellent Analogue Wonderland and waited for a suitable time an place to try it.
Last weekend we had a typical welsh August day with rain & wind and a pile of mist up on our wonderful Garw hills so I loaded up my Mamiya RB67/65mm lens and went out hoping to get some nice atmospheric misty images.
Sadly or happily depending on how you look at it by the time I got up the top of the valley the majority of the mist had dissipated but what that meant was I had more light to play with so rated the film at iso 200 and managed to stop down to f8/11 on most frames which once I had developed the roll really showed how sharp this film stock is.
After scanning and slight tweaks and dust spot removal in Lightroom the results were great .. lovely contrasty images with excellent detail and great tonal range ..
I developed it in ilford LC29 1+29 dilution for 8 mins and scanned on an Epson v500.
So here is the complete roll …
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