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:
|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|
|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|
|Cale Arthur||Michigan, USA|
|Sean Porter||Washington State, USA|
|Chris Livsey||Chris - UK|
|noimmunity||Jon - Shanghai, China|
|sockeyed||Vancouver, BC, Canada|
|maddoc||Gabor - Japan|
|mgd711||Mike - Phillipines (The Mariner with a Camera)|
|K14||Washington State, USA|
|mabelsound||Robert - New York State, USA|