In this Developing Adventure, I developed a roll of Cinestill Double-X in D96 B&W Motion Picture Developer. I shot it with my Mamiya 645 at ISO 200. If you read my last Developing Adventure featuring Double-X film, you’d know I really fell in love with the look of this film. At over $10 a roll it’s not a cheap film, but then again what is anymore, so I haven’t shot it much recently until now.
According to Cinestill’s website, this developer is well suited for black and white motion picture films because it has an s-curve contrast that gives it that motion picture film look. I’m a huge fan of old black and white movies and television shows, so I love this look.
Developing Double-X in D96
It is really simple to mix up a 1 liter batch of D96. Just add water and mix. I will say one thing, black and white developers I usually use don’t have an odor that I have noticed, but D96 stuck in my nose for a while.
I processed this roll of 120 Double-X for 6 minutes and fixed it for 5 minutes using my usual Ilford Rapid Fixer.
I scanned these photos using my Epson V800. While scanning, I don’t make any adjustments. In post, I usually just crop out the film lines and then sharpen because the scanner badly depletes the sharpness of any film scanned.
In the photos below, you can see a comparison of a photo from my Developing Adventure where I processed a roll of Double X in Kodak’s D76 with a 1+2 dilution. To the right is a photo from the roll developed in Cinestill D96. The diluted D76 gave the film a lot more contrast compared to the D96.
The dynamic range of this film really does have the look of an old black and white movie. The blacks still carry detail all the way up to the highest highlight. The grain is so fine it looks almost non-existent. Personally, I enjoy fine grain for my style of shooting.
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D96 is supposed to be suitable for other black and white films like Ferrania P30, of which I have several rolls in my fridge, so I hope to use it again soon. I think I prefer the look it gave this film over the look the diluted D76 gave it.
I have several more rolls of this film. This was just my first time using this developer, so I wanted to share my results with you all. If you enjoy this film and developer, let me know in the comments. How do you process Double-X film? I’d love to hear from you all.
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Until next time, stay motivated and keep shooting.